Visual Management Principle: In a Glance

This post on Pete Abilla’s blog “shmula.com” is a great (and very sad) example of visual management. In this case, it refers to the idea that a good visual management system should be easy to understand, “at a glance”.

from www.shmula.com

Visual Management Principle: In a Glance

Posted by Pete Abilla

June 15, 2010

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Visual Management Principles
Visual Management Principles

Visual Management Principle: Make Problems Visible Visual Management Principle: Make it Obvious Visual Management Principle: There Must be a Standard Visual Management Principle: In a Glance Confusing Hospital Visual Management

Similar to the principle of “Make it Obvious“, and “Make Problems Visible“, this principle is more about delivery than content. The content must be delivered “In a Glance” – that is, the user must look at it and understand immediately what he/she is looking at, know what he/she should do with that information, by when, and who are involved.

As an example, In a Glance, this site tells us how how many dead birds, dead sea turtles, and dead mammals there are from the BP Oil Spill; how many oiled but alive and how many cleaned and released.

bp-oil-spill-dead-wildlife-abilla-shmula

In a Glance,

bp-oil-spill-dead-wildlife-tally-abilla-shmula

Straightforward. Simple. Informative. Very sad.

Read More: http://www.shmula.com/2975/visual-management-principle-in-a-glance#ixzz0rUNO5ALb

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