Improving Your Workplace with Visual Management
How to get started
Implement the 5S system (Sort, Set-in-order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain). Use visual tools to create a Lean environment, including signage, labeling, location markers, color coding, standard work visuals, and metric boards. With these visuals you will have a clean plant and can better manage your processes.
We also recommend studying other successful Lean organizations with a proven track record of recognizing and leading change. Some managers, like Managing for Improvement Award recipients William Denzen, general manager of rollfed and Red Rock Technologies business units for Smyth Companies, and Timothy Keran, CEO and owner of Western Graphics, have found winning recipes for creating real and lasting improvement for their companies!
Think of it like this
The bottom line for visual management is staying tuned in to what’s happening in your operation. As a parallel example, say you’re at home watching the Super Bowl. You leave the room for a few minutes, and when you return to your TV, all of the elements that clue you into how the game is progressing have disappeared—the score, time left on the clock, down and distance, time outs remaining, etc. You’ve lost the ability to instantly evaluate the game. If you were the coach, you would not be able to quickly react and impact the game’s outcome.
Nguyen and Mullen say, “That is sometimes what present-day management is without visual management. We have to know the status of a process at a glance in order to evaluate and take action if necessary.”
To learn more, read the full article from Printing Industries of America: The Magazine here.
Do you know a manager who has created real and lasting improvement for their company? Why not nominate them for a Managing for Improvement Award? Nominations are due February 13, 2015.