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.

Beautiful: A Workplace Fit for Humans

I have been traveling far too much over the past two months. But here’s the thing: I learn so much when I am on the road, when I work directly with you, with companies wanting to get visual. I know it may sound odd, but sometimes the challenge is not always the work...

What Does Growth Mean For Your Company?

Our discussion continues, the center of which is the question: “What does growth mean for my company?” The power of that single issue was brought home to me in spades in 2004 when, as a Shingo Prize Examiner, I went with a site team to the Delphi facility in Delnosa,...

The Two Sides of Lean: False Rivals

The world of lean is grappling with sharp illogic that is creating rumblings among the ranks. And uneasiness in the board room. The chickens of the inconsistency and muddled thinking of the past three decades have come home to roost. On the one hand, some of us see...

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