“So remember, every picture tells a story don’t it”, Rod Stewart (1971)

Visual management of data is a growing area of concern for organizations.  With more and more data being collected, the ability to understand what is occurring at each process quickly becomes a priority.  The goal is to turn analytics into an organizational strength using lean principles and techniques for root cause analysis and problem solving.  In this article, we will examine the reasons for visual management including the lean principle from the Toyota Production System (TPS), the goal for visual management, the proper use of 5s for the organization and data, and then provide specific examples of proven lean visual management techniques needed for efficient and effective analysis.  As the Balance Scorecard (BSC) is a visual system looking at the organization from 30,000 feet then drilling down to the detail, the Lean Visual Management system starts with the process; thus, looking at the detail then moving upward to overall financial statement impact.

Published:  Journal of Cost Management.  July/ August 2016 Issue.

Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior

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