What Elements Should You Include in Your Visual Management System?

How do you know what elements you should make visual? You have to be very selective. The first part is deciding who’s the customer. A lot of times when people make things, it’s for 10 different customers so the whole thing gets watered down. But choosing one customer helps us set clear constraints and contrasts.

How Kaas Tailored Uses Visual Management Tools

In the fall of 2020, Kaas Tailored hosted a series of Zoom calls unpacking our Daily Management System (DMS). Each month we focused on a different element of our DMS, starting with strategy, then discussing daily huddles, then talking about Visual Management Systems (VMS), and ending with Leader Standard Work. In this post, we look […]

How Visual Management Systems Help Reduce Waste

One of the advantages of having such a diverse workgroup as we have at our company (with over 14 languages spoken in our factory) is that Kaas has to be thinking of ways that we can allow people to know the truth so that they can move freely without waste.

How Kaas Tailored Uses A Daily Management System

Strategy comes from the corner office. At Kaas Tailored, strategy is the most important thing when it comes to creating a Daily Management System because it answers the question, “where are we going?” If you don’t know where you’re going, you could be having a lot of meetings about nothing. At Kaas Tailored, it’s my responsibility to not only declare who we want to be when we grow up as a company, but it’s also my job to give some of the key guardrails for decision making.

How Do You Measure Waste as You Pivoted From a Well-built Process to a New Process?

The waste is actually the same. Overproduction, transportation, motion, waiting, processing, inventory, and defects are all the same 7 wastes. Thankfully, those are universal. Our friends who are in healthcare have the same waste. Our friends who do design for Nordstrom have the same waste. The good news is that once you understand that waste is present and is the enemy of value, then wherever you go, you start to see it everywhere.