Visual managenent

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How to improve your thinking through visual management

Visual Management Visual management is a component of Lean Manufacturing. Visual Management is a way to visually communicate expectations, information, routine, standards or warnings in a simple way that is easily comprehensible with little or no training. The process of visual management includes making it easy to mark out materials and units, monitoring process status and updating people, showing the flow of the works and providing a visible and feasible process plan for future actions. Visual management is an important concept of Lean Six Sigma because visual aids convey messages faster, and more interesting than written information. Objectives of Visual Management The objectives of visual management includes; To clearly identify goals To share information To share standards To build in standard To warn about abnormalities To stop abnormalities once they occur Expose areas of wastes and make it clear to everyone Clearly display problem solving tools in a simple manner Examples of Visual management We present with a list of common visual management tools, some simpler than the others, yet all comprehensive and we use them in our daily lives to achieve speculated goals. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Standard Operating Procedures, Work instructions or Job Aids can be improved by implementing visual aids when creating them. You can achieve the most effective communication by showing actual images of the process and work area instead of cartoonish images. For complex jobs that need further explanation, it will be more helpful to explain with pictures, tables, or smart graphics like charts to simplify the explanation. Avoid verbosity and break written content into sections that have visual aid to make it easier to read and understand. Some tasks are naturally difficult to explain in words, therefore it is better and more effective to illustrate them with pictures or videos for easier comprehension. Visual Management using Layout A good first in first in, first out (FiFo) lane not only manages inventory but also shows the location of your material, how much work is to be done and other details in your process. The overall flow of tasks, material and machines can be visualized through arrangement of the process. A flow shop is much easier to understand than a job shop because the machines are arranged in the product flow. It is therefore easier to locate where the flow of process is hampered. Shadow boards Shadow boards is an infamous visual management tools used by organizations. It gives warning of abnormalities within the system. They are simple ways to indicate where something should go to everyone without informing them beforehand. Shadow boards also warn when something is missing. Flow Racks Flow racks have several positive and industrious characteristics. They can serve as a visual signal for Kanban minimum and maximum levels. They also allow stock to be visual to the consumer or operator and offer FiFo lane. Other visual management tools include; Cross-Training Matrix for Employees Stock Controls and Signals Production / Quality / Delivery / Service Metrics 5S (signs, tape, labels, color coding, etc.) Control Plans Auditing Boards Glass Wall Metrics FMEA's