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From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition:

Visual Management:   The placement in plain view of all tools, parts, production activities, and indicators of production system performance, so the status of the system can be understood at a glance by everyone involved. More »
Where can I find information about visual management?
By: Michael Ballé | October 21, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  I can’t find much written about visual management although it seems an important part of lean – any idea where to look? More »
A Deeper Dive into Visual Management at Toyota
By: Andrew Quibell | November 22, 2016
Columns
"In a previous sketch I introduced Toyota’s approach to visual management, or Floor Management Display Systems (FMDS), including the six elements of creating FMDS," writes Andrew Quibell. "Now it’s time for a deeper dive into those six elements and explore how their approach guarantees an effective floor display will present compelling messages.  " More »
An Overview of Visual Management at Toyota
By: Andrew Quibell | October 20, 2016
Columns
"Implementing visual management (VM) is a cornerstone of any lean transformation," writes Andrew Quibell. "And few companies know that better than Toyota.  " In this first of two sketches on visual management at Toyota, Andrew illustrates the fundamentals of the process as Toyota practices itself and teaches its suppliers. More »
How do I keep visual management from becoming “wallpaper?" A Q&A with John Drogosz
By: John Drogosz | May 31, 2016
Columns
"Many managers try to convince everyone (including themselves) that they are visually managing their projects or departments," writes John Drogosz, "but during the gemba walk we see static, outdated displays. Are we just communicating information or really working with what is in front of us?" Read more. More »
Even Visual Management Starts from Need
By: Mark Hamel | March 31, 2016
Columns
Have you ever implement a visual management tool at your gemba after seeing it used successfully somewhere else? If so, according to Mark Hamel, you "probably violated a major tenet of lean. [You] did not start from need. [You] started by copying someone else’s stuff.  " Every visual management tool needs to be situational to address your specific needs. Read more. More »
Reinforcing Lean Behavior Through Visual Management
By: Doug Bartholomew and Mark Hamel | June 13, 2014
Columns
"Without having a visual management perspective in place, it’s difficult for people to know what good is, what the standard is, and whether it is being maintained," says Mark Hamel. "People need to be able to tell if they have a problem. Visual controls are part of that.  " More »
Integrating Visual Management Tools and Leader Standard Work
Workshops
This course deals with designing and executing an implementation plan to migrate your company from one of “gather data, synthesize, meet, and react” to one of “see waste, manage exceptions, and improve processes”.     It will show you how to tie together the tools of Policy Deployment, Value Stream Mapping, Visual Management, and Management Standard Work. The emphasis of the course is on the development of visual management tools and incorporating them into management standard work. More »
Integrating Visual Management
Workshops
This workshop introduces the tools and practices of visual management as one of the components of the Lean Management System and shows how they need to be used to effectively support the daily routine of lean leaders. More »
Supporting Healthcare Leader Standard Work with Visual Management Tools
Workshops
If you are involved in Lean healthcare, in any capacity, you have probably heard about Gemba Walks and Visual Management. By combining Visual Management and Leader Standard Work, you harness the power of your organization seeing waste in real time and coming up with creative ways to eliminate it, improve patient care, and make the job of providing health care easier for everyone. This course will show you the basic tools necessary to reach those goals. This workshop has application in areas including: • Primary care • Pediatrics • Family practice • Optometry • Chiropractics & Alternative healthcare • Emergency More »
Quibell visual of Making Work Work in First 90 Days
July 28, 2020
Articles
Use this visual guide by Andrew Quibell to help inform your first 90 days as a lean leader.    More »
Designing the Patient Flow to Fight Covid-19
By: Lean Leaper | April 29, 2020
Columns
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. Part 1 of a 7 part series, Fighting Covid-19 with Lean Healthcare. More »
How A Virtual Obeya Can Enable Effective Teamwork
By: Katrina Appell | April 9, 2020
Columns
As we are working socially distanced apart we need to create systems that enable us to effectively enable people to collaborate together to solve problems, says Katrina Appel. Here she details effective ways to use a virtual obeya. More »
Why (and How) We Believe Lean Can Help During COVID-19
By: Lean Sensei Women | March 20, 2020
Columns
As Lean Sensei Women, we have put together some relevant lean suggestions and ideas for your organization to use (and of course, you can apply many of them at home as well) in response to COVID-19. They’re simple and easy, can be implemented quickly, and are all based on our lean principles of respect for humanity and continuous improvement. More »
Should I be worried that management is buying software for virtual gemba walks?
By: Michael Ballé | March 2, 2020
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach, A consultant is selling us “virtual gemba walks” software to schedule gemba visits with a “leader standardized work” checklist and key indicators tracking. Management is listening. It feels wrong somehow, but anything that gets management to pay attention is a good thing, right? More »
Can lean management help with the start of production?
By: Michael Ballé | December 9, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  Can lean management help with the start of production? More »
Can lean management help with toxic managers?
By: Michael Ballé | November 25, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  Can lean management help with toxic managers? More »
Go and See: Where The Magic Is
By: Nicolas Chartier | June 7, 2019
Columns
To reconnect with the reality of your business, go to the gemba, advises CEO Nicolas Chartier of Aramisauto. But to really experience the magic that happens, be sure to ask your people to display and visualize their flow, and you will discover unexpected opportunities for growth. More »
Can you implement TPS if management doesn’t accept the fundamental values of the Toyota Way?
By: Michael Ballé | January 28, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  How can we implement the principles of  TPS if our management doesn’t accept the fundamental values of the Toyota Way? More »
"Roll"-ing Out Lean at Kura Sushi
By: Katie Anderson | November 29, 2018
Columns
Self-professed "lean geek" Katie Anderson has eaten several meals at Kura Sushi restaurants and shares her observations on what she sees as lean principles at play More »
The Art of Work
By: Jean Cunningham | November 16, 2018
Columns
A visit to the Grohmann Museum helped remind Jean Cunningham that when done correctly and consistently, lean starts to reconnect people to work and work to people. Using lean principles and tools helps recreate worker ownership of the work, connection to the customer need, and value creation. More »
Avoiding Dashboard Wallpaper
By: Leslie Barker | September 6, 2018
Columns
Build a system of dashboards up and down the organization, says Leslie Barker. Connect them so ideas flow upward and support flows to the idea. It’s a bit tricky setting up dashboards that summarize the performance and capture the critical ideas of many departments below, but it can be done through trial and error. More »
Seeing the Work of a Daily Management System
By: Michael Ballé | April 18, 2018
Columns
Daily management systems tap visual elements that expose problems, and also use obeyas as thinking spaces for reflecting on broader challenges, says Michael Balle. More »
Andon Cues Service Center to Respond to Customer Queue
By: Chet Marchwinski | March 13, 2018
Columns
An Ohio Mutual service center has no andon cord to stop a production line but the principal is the same as in a factory -- an abnormality has occurred, take corrective action. More »
Why Bother Making It Visual?
By: Leslie Barker | October 3, 2017
Columns
What to do when you need to make the work visible, but your people aren't behind it? Leslie Barker has some suggestions based on this story of overcoming resistance to visual management. More »
How Obeya Improved Our Product Development Efforts
By: Andy Houk | August 15, 2017
Columns
As a followup to John Drogosz's piece on the stages of obeya from last week, Andy Houk, a client of John's at TechnipFMC, discusses how an obeya room that John helped them set up affects their work today. More »
Developing Your Obeya, Stage-by-Stage
By: John Drogosz | August 2, 2017
Columns
In his years as a LPPD coach, John Drogosz has seen that "most teams do go through several stages of evolution before obeya becomes an embedded ritual.  " Find out what they are. More »
Work of Management, The (eBook)
By: Jim Lancaster | July 6, 2017
Books
Lancaster tells an inspiring and practical business story in his new book, The Work of Management (2017, Lean Enterprise Institute). It’s a close-up, candid look at Lancaster’s personal transformation as a leader. It’s also a practical, in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation, relapse, and comeback that American manufacturing – and other industries -- can use to profitably transform themselves. More »
Advice from the Gemba: Personal Kanbans for Lean Beginners
By: James Connolly, Cameron DiGregorio and Kristen Gandek | May 25, 2017
Columns
Kanban boards. For many of us, they were the first visual management tools we used that taught us the benefits of lean. They're simple, effective and easily customizable to suit your own unique work and challenges. Today, three of LEI's relative newcomers to lean share their own personal kanban boards and the impact they've had on their work. More »
Looking for split seconds, it can mean a NASCAR race WIN!
By: Ernie Richardson and Tracey Richardson | March 2, 2017
Columns
Tracey and Ernie Richardson explore how NASCAR pit crews use visuals for safety and speed. More »
What's a good "small step" to start off my LPPD transformation? A Q&A with Katrina Appell
By: Katrina Appell | January 17, 2017
Columns
A lean product and process development transformation may seem daunting, but all you really need to get started is a series of simple yet effective "small steps.  " Here's Katrina Appell on her favorite. More »
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