I am spending time at the moment as a Team coach (yes, am still facilitating Leadership Labs but am balancing the two ) and have noticed a trend in the area I work where teams have their work on a wall, but never refer to the wall! So I have been coming up with ideas to bring the visualization of work and flow back into the heart of what the team does. Here are my thoughts! What ideas have you used in the past ?
I am coming to the conclusion that perhaps not! When I think about visualisation, I think about turning data into something that can be translated (without thought) into meaning! I think about thermometers and colour and images that convey meaning. I see my cars petrol gauge, rather than a digital number.
When I engage with individuals and teams what we end up talking about is numbers and words – all of which require the brain to ‘think’ about the information and interpret it. The problem here is that numbers mean different things to different people. I have 20l left in my petrol tank – is that good or is that bad ? How far can I get ?
The abstract that has been accepted as a presentation at the Lean Summit in Cape Town on 19, 21 October! Super excited to share the lessons learnt.
This paper presents the lessons learnt when changing our lean implementation strategy from a pure consulting model based on a project-based approach driving cost savings to an experiential learning model built on coaching, visualisation and daily accountability meetings.
Often when teams start visualising they start with low level tasks. Very quickly these either overwhelm the team or it works, tasks get completed but nothing really has changed – work still gets lost, fires still break out and quite quickly the team just stops updating the space and gathering.
A powerful visual space often has the following characteristics: