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Peter Handlinger: Visual is the key – 70% of our sense receptors are dedicated to vision

By Peter Handlinger, - Last updated: Monday, October 20, 2014 - Save & Share - Leave a comment
To me it is less a question about whether it is 'visual management' or
'visual control' but more about the 'visual' component.

Dealing with the semantics of management versus control, if pushed, I
would liken the 'control' to a closure of the feedback loop of an activity
whereas the 'management' component a broader description of the tools used
and more importantly what one does with them (Jon, Jeff and Samuel have
given great explanations of this aspect). I really do believe that
Steven's response requires more airtime - coming from the engineering
world I am constantly amazed at the triumph of commercial expediency
reverse engineering itself into supposed 1st principles.

The key element of the current question is the visual component. Why is it
important to visualise? Perhaps the answer to this lies in the physiology
of how we as humans perceive the world around us. Colin Ware makes the
observation that the majority of our sense receptors are dedicated to
vision (estimates are around 70%). Allied to this is that we are
exceptionally proficient as a species in recognising patterns. Therefore
if one visualises in a manner that recognises our huge pattern recognition
capabilities (e.g. graphs versus screeds of data tables) we can eliminate
'noise' in the communication process and spend more time dealing with
decision making discussions rather than clarification. Maybe the old
chestnut of "out of sight, out of mind" does in fact hold some truth.

Peter

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