Articles on Visuality

by Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth

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The Start of the Journey is the Destination

More often than not, an effective implementation of operator-led visuality produces a 15%-30% increase in productivity on the cell or departmental level, beginning with the implementation of the visual where. (Or, as our trainers like to title it: 5S on Steroids). But...
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Empower the Value-Add Level Through Workplace Visuality

Some mistakes managers make at the start of a visual conversion are serious and hard to repair. For example, when managers decide to commandeer for themselves the task of implementing the visual where—or simply order it into existence. Either way, this is the damaging...
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Carve Out a New Role for Supervisors

Letting value-add associates own the improvement outcome I call the visual where is a big step forward for most companies. But, as we have been discussing over the past two issues of The Visual Thinker, the impact of this can--and should—be more than a genuine...
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Sustainment: Prepare For It!

To be complete, a company’s journey to a fully-functioning visual workplace must address information deficits on every level of the enterprise, including office and support functions. In most companies, this process can span two to five years. Yet with a...
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Articles on Visual Management, Visual Lean, and More

Gwendolyn Galsworth, Ph.D. has written numerous articles on visuality for VTI’s weekly newsletter, The Visual Thinker, all available below. Choose your topic–5S, Lean, Culture, Leadership, Standards, Implementation–or just use the search box or categories to find the information you need.

The Elephant on the Factory Floor

Have you heard this? Just because this department is a bit dingy—and it’s sometimes harder than heck to get the scoop on things—doesn’t mean it’s a bad place. Good work happens here. In fact, we’ve been doing darn good work in this area long before you showed up with...

Speed Isn’t Everything

    Speed Isn’t Everything: Visual and Lean Defined (Part 1)    by Gwendolyn Galsworth Summer with its balmy evenings and long talks with good friends, lemonades in hand, is drawing to an end. And I return to my day job: weekly articles in The Visual...

Visuality & The Two Primes

The visual world and I…. The visual world and you. Such a perfect relationship. We see and we understand. And when we see and understand on the job, work happens without struggle. It flows. And like the pull systems it supports, a visual workplace creates pull between...

Visuality & Pink Powder

Here’s an odd conceptual parallel: We know that the invisible enemy at work is missing information. But the remedy—visual devices—is also largely un-noticed; that is because they are hidden in plain sight. My first encounter with visuality was just like that. The...

Motion and Your Value Field

Across the past several issues, we have been examining motion/moving without working, the foot print of the invisible enemy—missing information. Added up, motion—in all its thousand and perverse forms—can steal 10% to 15% to 30% of our usable work day. Its impact is...

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