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  1. Provides guidelines on how to use various types of visual management tools to improve workplace organization and productivity.
  2. Provides a framework for exposing waste so that it can be eliminated and prevented.


Visual management is an integral part of a Lean management system. Visual management uses displays, metrics and controls to help establish and maintain continuous flow, and giving everyone a view of the work along the value stream. It includes a set of techniques that make operation standards visible so that people can follow them more easily. These techniques expose waste so that it can be prevented and eliminated.

In this training presentation, you will learn various types of visual management which can be applied to the workplace or office. It includes many examples and common visual tools such as red-tagging, poka-yoke (mistake-proofing), andons, activity boards, A3 storyboards, standard work, kanbans, one-point lessons and takt time versus cycle time.


1. Understand that visual management is an integral part of Lean transformation
2. Familiarize with the common visual tools such as red tagging, activity boards, A3 storyboards, mistake-proofing, one-point lessons, standard work, kanban, etc.
3. Gain knowledge on how to apply visual tools to add structure and stability to operations, reducing variation and increasing efficiency


5S - The foundation for a visual workplace
Types of visual management
Visual displays
Visual metrics
Visual controls
Warning sensors
Common visual tools
Red tagging
Activity board
A3 storyboard
One-point lesson
Standard work chart
Takt time versus actual cycle time

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Initial upload date (first version): Apr 20, 2014
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