Go See the Visual Management Blog

If you are looking for practical examples of visual controls for managing work in an office, go see the Visual Management Blog written by Xavier Quesada Allue, a software developer, Agile coach and project manager, it is full of photos and articles on what the software community calls “kanban” which is a bit different from kanban in the lean manufacturing world, but shares the “visual” element of “kan” and admirably, the “board” element of “ban”, too often missing in manufacturing.

There is a great walk-through in the section Elements of Task Board Design, complete with photos of the items you will need to make your board and links to other articles by XQA on the elements of task board building.

Photos such as this as well as tips on how to design, use and enhance teamwork and productivity among a creative workforce make this one of the best blogs I have seen in a long time.

Nice photos, excellent tips and concise writing: have a look at the Visual Management Blog.

3 Comments

  1. Ismaël Héry

    April 10, 2009 - 9:02 am

    As an agile and Lean Software Development practitioner, I find it so much rewarding to read lines and references about Lean in the software domain on gembapantarei !
    Taskboards are very common on agile projects since the year 2000 (mainly thanks to the Scrum methodology) but the recent Lean Software movement adds WIP controls and elements from the Theory of Constraints to it.
    We are also discovering the power of Kaizen, wastes removal and Genchi Genbutsu in our immature software industry !
    Ismaël

  2. Rob

    April 12, 2009 - 10:27 am

    I understand that the emphasis in the Agile community is on providing information in a visual manner, as opposed to using it primarily as a trigger to initiate action, for example, ideas such as information radiators (great term!):
    “An information radiator is a large display of critical team information that is continuously updated and located in a spot where the team can see it constantly.”

  3. David Moles

    April 15, 2009 - 4:16 am

    Awesome link, Jon.