Is a Kanban Card the Same as Visualisation ?
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 ?
A strong visualisation conveys the meaning inherent in the data in a way that requires little to no translation or interpretation by the reader. It uses the so-called reptilian brain which takes information quickly into the consciousness of the reader – as opposed to the frontal cortex which requires the reader to translate and interpret what it is seeing.
Strong visualisation really does deliver the information in 20 seconds.
So is a Kanban card visualisation ? That depends on how you are conveying the message. If the meaning isn’t being translated via images and colour I would say no. Then again, does it matter ? Perhaps not, so long as we have the information that is needed where everyone can see it and so talk about it!