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Visual Site Assessment

Roadmap to Your Visual Transformation

An effective implementation of workplace visuality transforms your work culture and produces remarkable bottom-line results—15% to 30% increase in productivity, an accelerated flow you control at will, schedule linearity, the removal of hours and hours of labor content (Lockheed-Martin eliminated 700 hours in just one project).

It all begins with a visual site assessment that determines your current level of visual management and maps out your next steps.

Congratulations. You are one of a growing number of business leaders who have begun to understand the powerful contribution that the visual workplace—and visual management—can make to your job, your company, your work culture, and your bottom line.

For over 30 years, Dr. Galsworth and Visual Thinking Inc. have been developing and codifying a framework of thinking, training, and implementation that has helped companies everywhere get smarter by getting visual—automotive, aerospace, textiles, electronics, hospitals, military depots, food processing, pharmaceuticals, mining—and many others. Signing on for a visual site assessment of your company’s current level of visuality is an important first step.

The truth is: There are a lot of mistaken notions about what a visual workplace is (including the role of visual management)—and what highly effective visuality looks like and how it performs. If you don’t have the right understanding and the right expectations, you won’t get to experience visuality’s power to grow and align a continuous improvement work culture—what we call a workforce of visual thinkers.

The purpose of your visual site assessment (which can be on-site or at-a-distance) is to determine the current level of visual workplace effectiveness in your company—how well information vital to the task-at-hand is visually shared, right now, without speaking a word... or opening a binder or asking even a single question—to what extent is vital information imbedded into the performance landscape of your company.

"VTI's visual site assessment was the doorway to our understanding our current state and just how far ideal was for us. It gave us a clear, firm start and we are more than halfway there. The assessment was key."

G. Maynard, Curtiss-Wright

At-a-Distance or Onsite

Many companies prefer to have their site assessment conducted at-a-distance, as described in the next section. This gives them the ability to see exactly what we see—the actual informational landscape speaking physically, unvarnished and without any so-called “diplomatic” overlays. From the vantage point of the visual workplace, a company’s performance environment becomes crystal clear snapshot of the information needs of your work content being met—or not. This is the heart of the assessment; everything else is an effect of that.

If you prefer, however, you can arrange for us to conduct our visual assessment onsite, in person, led by Dr. Gaslworth. This is a two-day process in which we incorporate a Visual Thinking Briefing and a Next Steps Planning Session. Click here to let us know of your interest.

Our Process

Step 1: Model Overview

Your "At-A-Distance Visual Site Assessment" begins with an online scan of Dr. Galsworth’s 10-Doorway model. This is the logic framework we use to understand your company’s current level of visual competency, give it a value, and then recommend next steps. The importance of our 10-Doorway model is this: It treats workplace visuality comprehensively—not merely as an array of point solutions, visual devices or handy tools but as the system of thinking and application that produced them and will enable you to produce more. (You are read more about the ten doorways in her book, Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking).

The fact is: Visuality doesn’t merely impact performance. In its more advanced stages, visuality creates performance. Begin with this understanding in mind and you harvest huge bottom line and cultural benefits. Otherwise you can miss the opportunity entirely and just settle for an assortment of, well, point solutions…clever, handy but with no collective power to transform your business case. Visuality doesn’t happen in isolation. It happens as a system of thinking—we call it visual thinking.

Step 2: Your Assessment Response Template

With an understanding of the ten doorways under your belt, you now collect a wide assortment of photos of your visual applications in your performance landscape—your operations floor, laboratory, offices, shelving, cabinets, desks, bulletin boards. Anywhere where you share (or should share) vital workplace information. You then plug basic information about your company, along with the photos into the pre-made PowerPoint outline we send you called the “Assessment Response Template.” We provide you with very specific guidelines to help you send us your most accurate and your best!

Then you send the completed template back to us so we can understand your business case, operational results, improvement history—and your growth and stabilization goals. We will want to know your take on the new outcomes increased visuality will help you and your company achieve. All of this is built in to your use of the outline. The template shows us, quite clearly, your current level of visuality thinking and helps us see how going further in visuality will help you go further on journey to operational excellence.

Additional Steps & Notes

Step 3: VTI Reflects & Assesses

Once we have your completed Assessment Response Template, we study it and contemplate its meaning. We assess, combing through the data and the photos. We may want to speak with your directly once or twice—and may ask you to send some additional photos. We look for linkages and we hunt down gaps.

Next we begin to gauge your current level of visuality, based on the 10-Doorway model. We look for your strengths as well as areas that, in our view, could be improved, sometimes greatly. And we map your next steps as we see them. Then we prepare to discuss our preliminary assessment findings with you and your team.

Step 4: Team Talk

In Step 4, we join you and your team online and walk you through our visual site assessment analysis. We share our response to what you sent in—what we see, what we deduce, and how we deduced it. It’s likely that we will ask you further questions to clarify and align—and to make sure we understand.

Step 4 is a conversation in which we seek to share what we see and sense. The entire exchange is recorded and becomes your assessment feedback report. We present our recommendations as part of this and make sure you understand the what and why.

Note 1: You decide who sits in on this Team Talk—your entire team or a selected few. Dr. Galsworth actively participates. Typically, the exchange lasts about two hours with one to two ten-minute breaks.

Note 2: The entire conversation and screens are recorded and provided to you for your future reference and use.

Step 5: Next Steps Planning

In a separate online follow-up session, we meet with you and your team to map out possible next steps. When we follow up with you during this session, we focus on helping you look for the ways that are right for you to move forward—maybe doing it on your own, and/or using our training materials as a base. Or getting our help, directly and specifically. Or something else. We assist you through this process so you are clear about your options.

Contact us for more information. Our team can provide you with answers or arrange for a discussion with Dr. Galsworth.