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A Visual Management Definition You Can Rely On…

“What is visual management?”
“How do you define it?”

These are questions we get asked a lot here at Clarity so we wanted to ensure everyone has a clear understanding of this vital Lean tool! Implementing visual management is a sure-fire way of maximising your staff engagement and making the most of your Lean activities.

Read more from Clarity and learn exactly how we define visual management…

Put simply, visual management is both a tool and a concept in the world of Lean. The concept of visual management is that everyone entering a workplace should be able to see, understand and be able to manage every element of a process ‘at a glance’. It’s the visual element which enables this to happen as information presented visually is processed over 60,000 times faster than text. A workplace which is effectively managed visually should have each and every one of its processes assessed at a glance.

Visual management as a tool in Lean is about using visual management products in order to facilitate a visual workplace, these products are typically visual management boards, SOP displays, magnetic overlays or products that facilitate 5S programs such as shadow boards and cleaning stations.

It’s easy to see how these products help create a visual workplace, their bold design and clear layouts enable viewing and understanding the information effortlessly, they also transcend language barriers which is an essential feature for global & multisite operations with continuous improvement managed centrally from one location.

Our Consultant says…

Visual management is the go-getter of Lean, the vital ingredients that engage your people to make Lean work.

Do you need some help to take the next step?

Here at ClarityVM Consulting, we coach clients both far and wide about how they can use a Lean programme and visual management to achieve their goals, exceed their targets and make financial savings which would otherwise be lost to waste. We work with our clients to create a bespoke strategy that ensures Lean is set up for success before providing specific, high-quality visual management products to sustain the initiative and make Lean work in the organisation long-term.

You can read more about the work we’ve undertaken with our clients by browsing through our Visual Management Case Studies


The work Clarity has done for our site has revolutionised the way we operate our lines; staff are actually communicating with one another and we’re all using the data and hard facts shown in the KPI boards to make decisions.

Paul Mann - Hub Operations Manager, DPD

Working with Clarity as a partnership really works for me; you’re open to different challenges and the team that I work with have been really responsive, they’ve also come up with some ideas which I’d not thought of. I see myself as an expert in visual management but you guys have still managed to teach me some things.

Craig Wilkinson – Network Rail

Thanks to Clarity, we follow all our KPI’s through visual management. Alongside the manufacturing successes we’re seeing with Clarity’s visual management, we’ve also seen a 30% reduction in our general waste and are saving £40,000 a year on one part of our waste management visual solutions through standardising our processes.

Steve Lomax – Crown Paints

Clarity’s solutions have played an important part in our visualisation success in Network Rail’s LNE, and are essential to the programme. Clarity supported us to reduce our Operations and Maintenance expenditure from £180,000,000 to £166,000,000. That’s a £14,000,000 saving! We also saw a 20% reduction on workforce and irregular working accidents and general performance across operators on the East Coast Mainline has improved.

Phil Verster, Managing Director of LNE

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