The answer for how to implement visual management rests within a number of actions. Firstly, however, let’s start by considering why it’s worth implementing visual management…
Why implementing visual management matters
In short, make most relevant information visual and accessible. Consequently, reap the many rewards…
By implementing visual management, you are, above all, sharing information and knowledge in a visual and self-explanatory way. This is invaluable in the dynamic working environment. Not least, because you save time. That is to say, time otherwise spent collectively seeking out information.
In addition, you are making your processes visual. So, for example, targets and status updates are visible, at a glance. As a result, work flow improves because everyone sees how the process is operating right now and what actions to take next. This increases efficiency and performance.
Most importantly, therefore, implement visual management to make your workplace self-improving. So, use it to feed your Continuous Improvement cycle.
How to implement visual management – making a start
In terms of implementing visual management, here are some tips… Firstly, commit to the process. Secondly, start small if you need. So, for instance, focus on one area at a time. Similarly, for example, initially work on implementing one visual management board.
Above all, the groundwork you put in at this starting stage will continue to serve you well.
So, in short, starting small is better than not making a start.
Most importantly, know that help is at hand. Therefore, feel welcome to contact us anytime for support with implementing visual management in your workplace. Finally, if you need further inspiration, consider this way of understanding visual management.
Implementing visual management successfully
The scope of visual management is extensive. In short, put it to full use. Above all, therefore, remember you are creating a visual workplace full of visual signals and cues for action.
As a result, your colleagues can take on relevant and important information, merely at a glance. Furthermore, the context of your process is always visible and clear. Likewise, best practice procedures are visible and self-explanatory. For example, with Standing Operating Procedure or SOP Boards.
Meanwhile, targets and performance are visible in real time. For example, using visual status indicators. In addition, quality controls come with instantly accessible and visual standards. Similarly, production controls and key performance indicators have instant points of visual reference.
Moreover, achieve a self-regulating workspace with visual prompts to initiate important daily processes. For example, those relating to Safety Quality Delivery and Cost (SQDC, or similar).
Finally, sustain self-ordering habits. For instance, housekeeping, using the 5S strategy.
How to implement visual management across your site
Successfully implementing visual management works best with a consistent approach. This is particularly the case for multi-site settings. Therefore, we support clients to achieve consistent and quality visual management throughout. We have extensive experience of doing this.
Furthermore, sometimes this approach spans sites in more than once country. Likewise, with visuals required in one or more languages.
In short, rigorous processes and attention to detail is key.
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