Visual Management is a business management technique where information is communicated by using visual signals instead of text or other writing, with design deliberate to allow quick recognition in order to increase efficiency and clarity. – Wikipedia
I fell in love with Visual Management
as a process engineer
lines on a tarmac
to show pilots how to angle planes
tape on a tool board
to show where to replace the wrench
differing colored pens for notes was my
one meeting to the next, purple
for the presentation
on reducing risk, colors
so different from black
and white emails.
As a child, I was taught to color
inside the lines. I outlined thick lines
in one color, lightly shaded within
to keep from breaking
the color walls.
Kindergarten trained my daughter
to sit on the blue line
At home, I taped red yellow and blue Vs
on the bathroom counter
for toothpaste, toothbrush, shared soap
my daughter spread makeup, toothpaste, toothbrush,
hairbrush, hair dryer, contact lens bottles, deodorant,
washcloth, pencils, earrings, toys, books, candy across the Vs
my son left his lonely toothbrush on the counter
right below the V.
They didn’t understand why
I could tape on the counter
when they couldn’t
draw red yellow and blue on the walls.
I trained my staff to choose colors for Powerpoints
only a few and
never pastels, but
sometimes I let Excel loose
among the pie charts
with as many colors
as I can find
out of control.