Kamishibai Boards are a simple visual management tool that can help businesses. Part of the Toyota Production System, Kamishibai boards are simple and flexible visual controls for performing audits within a manufacturing. As a component of the Toyota Production System (TPS), kamishibai boards are practical visual control tools that assist with the allocation, sequencing, execution and follow-up of key work routines and tasks. They are visual management tools much like hour-by-hour production status boards.


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In this book, the author provides a simple way to see "Normal" versus "Abnormal" quickly and easily: Remember, your competition hopes you do nothing! You can find out more about the author by viewing his kamishibai boards on LinkedIn.

Reviews The Kamishibai process is one of the simplest, but most effective, methods of visual management a company can put into place.

Joe Niederstadt does a kamishibai boards job of explaining how to use this tool. More importantly, he explains how to take this tool off the production floor and apply it in transactional processes in your back office or support functions. Follow this blueprint and you can create sustainable Lean processes in kamishibai boards organization.

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We had always felt that we were a good manufacturing company but it wasn't until we embraced a holistic approach to Lean that we could 'see' the path to become a great manufacturing company.

As President of Gates Corporation from towe accelerated our efforts on our path to being a great manufacturing company. Once the foundation is strong for Lean kamishibai boards becomes more important to have the factory communicate and become visual to make it 'easy to see' Lean. The disciplined use of Kamishibai kamishibai boards allows a factory to speak to the eyes of all kamishibai boards.

In his new book, Joe has been able to simplify the understanding of Kamishibai boards and as a result he has removed any of the hesitations and fears that arise during the change to lean.


Let me describe the basics of a Management Kamishibai Card. It is an 8. On the left side of the kamishibai boards, you should divide it into 4 or 5 quarters.

kamishibai boards Each quarter represents a time of the day. First quarter is the first few hours after you arrive at work.


The 2nd quarter is the hours before lunch. As mentioned earlier the Kamishibai card needs to be flexible so that the manager, supervisor can add items to your card as needed and remove items from the card once you feel the process is under control.

Kamishibai boards you feel kamishibai boards process is under control you can also reduce the no of audits from daily to weekly to monthly and so on.

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Many organizations also think that Kamishibai card is like a to-do list. Actually the front left portion of the card can be used as a to-do list however that leaves out one of the most important reasons for this list and that is creation of dialogue between the members of management and operators.

During the discussion if the employee kamishibai boards out with some idea manager should document that kamishibai boards the back side of the card and do whatever they can to implement that idea.