What is a Daily Management System?

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, Jeff explains the four elements of our DMS.

At Kaas Tailored, when we say Daily Management System, we are talking about the things we do every day, week, month, quarter, and year to make sure that we know the truth. The whole goal of this system is to make sure that we are creating value and that value creation never stops. We call that flow.

There are four parts to our DMS. We call them Strategy, Huddles, a Visual Management System, and Leader Standard Work.

Daily Management Systems Start with Strategy

A good DMS System starts with strategy. What we mean by strategy is: defining who we are as a company, deciding who we want to become, choosing a model that everyone understands to explain the way we think through things, choosing our beliefs and values, and choosing the tools we are going to use to get there.

Daily Management Systems Incorporate Daily Huddles

Next, we use Daily Huddles. Huddles get all of the necessary people together daily to keep the flow of information happening. Huddles allow us to meet together and make sure that nothing is stuck so that we continue to create value.

How Visual Management Systems Help

We also incorporate a Visual Management System, which comes from how people actually learn. When human beings have the truth about the current state of any situation, they are able to move with less waste. How do you incorporate visual cues so that everyone who walks into your work environment can quickly get the information they need to do their job?

Why Leader Standard Work is Important

Finally, we use Leader Standard Work to help people in leadership, and those who want to become leaders, develop habits that help them create value rather than adding waste. This is important because the more that we can normalize habits that add value instead of creating waste means we are creating a sustainable enterprise that can help us achieve our goals.

If you would like to learn more about how to implement a Daily Management System within your organization or more about Kaizen and Continuous Improvement, consider signing up for a Kaas Tailored Waste Tour.