Labels, lines, and shadows have little personality. Their job is largely around identification, location, and quantity.
Visual performance metrics provide insight into the health of a process or value stream by comparing actual performance versus target within the context of people, quality, delivery, and cost.
Andons are dynamic in nature. They visually (and often audibly) signal abnormal conditions and trigger problem-solving...or at least, most immediately, problem containment.
Ok, so the title is a little overreaching, but so was, “All I really need to know about life I learned in kindergarten,” and that didn’t stop that email from being forwarded a few million times.
My learning experience began at about 4 a.m., while sitting at a Waffle House counter with my buddy. He was dozing in his seat.
I never anticipated posting something about scrunchies (you know the decorative pony tail holding device) or quoting Coco Chanel. But, here I am.
Heck, it's Friday, why not share something light about lean?
Truth be told, I LOVE really simple and creative applications of lean. Even better when it's the voluntary work of a relatively new lean convert, like my friend Lisa.
I've driven past the building pictured below well over a dozen times. It appears commercial in nature, but with the lack of descriptive visual controls, I had no idea, until now, what it is.
Visual management is typically applied for the purpose of indicating process and system performance so that everyone can tell, at glance, whether the situation is normal or abnormal. Abnormalities should prompt an appropriate response.