Lean Frontiers: Are they differences in getting middle management on board from getting executive management support?
Are there differences in getting middle management from executive management on board for 1) developing the lean enterprise and 2) direct engagement on their part? What are the differences, if any?
Posted on May 9, 2015
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Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: Visual control as a technique and visual management as a system are essential to lean practice

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Overall, I suspect we collectively underestimated the importance of visual control. Back in the day, many of the questions I remember from Toyota sensei where about: is this situation normal or abnormal? How can we tell? As a movement, I believe we have correctly spotted the emphasis on problem solving, but maybe not so much problem finding and problem facing – what Tracey told me Toyota calls problem awareness: how can we see we have a problem? Visual control should probably be called visual autocontrol – visual signs so that all team members can see at one glance whether they’re doing ok ...

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Lean Frontiers

Dave Meier: Make visual what matters!

By Lean Frontiers, - Last updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
When I was at Toyota we called visual management the “visual factory.” I never really heard visual control or visual management (or it was just another way of saying what we did) until after I left Toyota. It didn’t really matter what we called it as long as we understood what it meant. I think maybe the term “control” was a bit offensive to people and it was softened to visual management (and the term factory was abandoned when we moved into offices and service industries without factories). Sometimes people call it visual workplace, or visual awareness as well. We all know ...

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Tracey Richardson

Tracey Richardson: Visual control is micro, visual management macro

By Tracey Richardson, - Last updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I will answer your question regarding visual control versus management based on how some of my Japanese trainers, coordinators and leaders articulated it to me and how I personally practiced it during my time at the TMMK plant in hourly and salary positions. This question comes up all the time and it can turn into semantics very easily, similar to asking someone what are the 5S's. I think there are 20 different versions out there, the explanation and purpose of it become crucial. So I like to look at visual control as the "micro" side of the ...

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Peter Handlinger

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

By Peter Handlinger, - Last updated: Monday, October 20, 2014
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 ...

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Jeff Liker

Jeff Liker: Visual control means displayed information is acted on

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Often we talk about the difference between visual displays and visual control.  Visual displays mean information is shown, while visual control means information is acted on.   One type of visual is the metric board where we represent the actual versus target, another is the andon which physically warns us of an out of standard condition, while a third type is a physical indicator of the state of the operation versus standard such as a kanban square.  In all these cases we are seeing the actual versus the standard and as Jon says we need a system of response to contain the ...

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The Lean Edge

Is there a difference between visual management and visual control?

By The Lean Edge, - Last updated: Sunday, October 19, 2014
How do you explain the difference between visual management and visual control and what is the role of shop floor management in it?
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