Highlight Problem Areas For Data Input
Visual management is one of my favorite concepts. I never cease to be amazed at discussions, ah-ha moments, and alignment that happens from making things more visual.
A group I worked with is responsible for entering data into the master system. This data has to be right for the planning, allocating, and production of the product to happen smoothly. The area was responsible for about one-third of the total errors that were occurring. In true Pareto fashion, there was one error that accounted for 85% of their errors.
A team of employees that enter the data was formed to find out how to reduce the errors. The employees get their data from a hard copy of a sheet shown below. (I do have to black out some information on the pictures. Sorry about that.)
So how did they go about it? The employees came up with a template.
The errors have dropped significantly since the templates have been used. It is a great example of an employee generated idea showing creativity over capital.