Over the last couple of weeks I have helped a company to introduce Kamishibai boards (pronounced Cam-eee-she-bye), to help them improve their on time delivery performance.

If you haven’t heard of Kamishibai boards, they are a great visual management tool to develop effective routines.

In essence they are T-card boards that have cards with two different coloured sides. One is red and one is green.

The red side indicates the routine task is yet to be completed. Green means done. Once the task has been done, turn the card over.

This is great for a manager. As you walk past a work station, or a staff member’s desk, you can understand their progress against their routine tasks at a glance.

Improving on time delivery with Kamishibai

How is this business using this tool to improve their on time delivery performance?

Key steps in their process, that keep falling over, have formed the bulk of the first version of their boards. The activities are now linked to their daily Sunrise meeting too.

Processes are no longer slipping. Capacity is not being lost. The final steps in the delivery process aren’t being stressed and on time delivery performance is rising.

If you see the same things happening in your business (small tasks stopping deliveries going out on time), then I recommend you have a look at a Kamishibai board or something similar. They are low cost to implement and easy to both manage and monitor.

Kamishibai Boards book

If you want some ideas, to help you get the most from this approach, then check out my book Kamishibai Boards. It is available from Amazon, iTunes and Smashwords.

Giles Johnston

Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who consults with businesses to improve their on time delivery performance, ERP system performance and deploy Kaizen / Lean production methods. Giles is also the author of 'What Does Good Look Like?'.