Imagine you want to bake a pie. You go to the store and buy butter, eggs, and a bunch of other ingredients. Back home, you put on your apron and get to work. You toil away in the kitchen. A few hours later, you proudly top off the pie with a red cherry, take a step backwards, and have a good look at the result. Here’s what you notice: the cake is a consistent whole, but the cherry is the eye-catcher. It attracts attention and represents everything that’s underneath it. One cherry says it all.
Now, let’s have a look at how the art of cooking relates to information sharing strategies!
Summarize the bits that make up the whole
When managers are on the work floor, they can’t possibly see what every individual employee is working on at the moment. People use a variety of tools to perform all kinds of tasks. And you know what? You don’t need a detailed report of every little thing they do. In fact, it would only confuse you. It might be a little cliché to say that less is more, but in this case, it’s true.
What you require is an overview: one large screen that visualizes the most important information in real time. This type of actionable, up-to-date, at-a-glance data will help you work in the most efficient way. As with a pie, no one wants to see the ingredients. It’s about that all-important cherry: the icing on the cake, which summarizes the bits that make up the whole.
Bake your data pie with seasoned Visual Management chefs
Of course, it’s a challenge to visualize all the components of a process in a single overview. And if that weren’t enough, you should also make sure the picture is appealing, so it will draw and hold employees’ attention. But who said baking a pie is easy?
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