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.

Multiples and Methodology

Did you do it? Did you take last week’s Pop Quiz and track the number of times you got interrupted (or interrupted someone else) in the endless effort to handle missing answers in the workplace? Good! Because you now know what visual thinkers know: interruptions are a...

Human Thought: Beauty’s Purest Form

Early in my career, I was invited to a locomotive factory in the outskirts of Chicago. A huge plant, not for overhaul and repair but for manufacturing engine blocks from scratch. I was there to conduct a visual site assessment and map out next steps for the company’s...

China Walls: Beauty That Transforms

Recently I was onsite with a medical device manufacturer, followed closely by other onsite work with a government agency. And I found an odd commonality: Both facilities were dominated by labyrinths of seemingly endless white (or beige) hallways that appeared to be...

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