Thursday, 13 February 2014

Are Your Visual Management Boards 'Visual'?

Visual management boards are a great tool. With only a casual glance you can understand the performance of an office, a production line, or anything else that you care to manage and run.

However, the boards I sometimes see don't always tell you what you want to know instantly:

- Graphs that are effectively upside down (can you tell immediately if the performance is getting better or worse?).

- Information that isn't up to date (can you trust them?).

- Esoteric headings that aren't obvious to others (do you ever bother to find out what they mean?).

- Elements that don't help you run your business any more (are your boards reflective of your current strategy?).

With a little bit of teamwork, a little bit of creativity and a disciplined attitude to operating these boards you can turn them round, if any of the above rings a bell with you.

Visual management boards should help you to run your business more effectively, not be a nuisance that needs to be looked after.

What camp are your boards in - 'useful tool' or a 'nuisance'?

Giles Johnston
Author of 'Business Process Re-Engineering', a practical plan to improve business performance.

C'mon! Just write the SOP!