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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to visual systems, 11 April 2001
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This review is from: Visual Systems - Harnessing the Power of a Visual Workplace (Hardcover)
Visual Systems covers the elements of 5S and the visual workplace, whilst avoiding the tendency to read more like a Japanese dictionary as many books covering continuous improvement tend to do. For the UK reader this more than makes up for the bias towards US examples.
Whilst many books on these subjects exhort the reader to use outside consultants the book does not feel like a sales pitch for the Author's company.
The ample photos in the book cover the topics well and give the reader a taste of what the techniques can achieve in the workplace. The only pity is that they aren't in colour.
I can thoroughly recommend this book for production engineers, managers or anyone who is embarking on a continuous improvement programme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revolutionary breakthrough for systems organisation at all levels, 23 May 2007
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This review is from: Visual Systems - Harnessing the Power of a Visual Workplace (Hardcover)
One of the challenges of getting people to "get more organised" at work or at home for that matter is the fact that people are adults. It's hard to motivate adults to become neat and clean simply because it is "good for them", however much one would like to hope so.

Dr. Galsworth's book replaces the kind of policing-of-children approach seen in too many popular approaches to housekeeping (5S) and replaces it with a superbly effective process that she calls "5S+1: Visual Order." Visual Order certainly requires a clear, clean and safe work area. How else would visual information stick on previously dusty, grimy surfaces? But that is not the outcome. The outcome is Visual Order: order you can see; order that functions; order that liberates; order that inspires.

I have applied Dr. Galsworth's practical and insightful suggestions to both my office and home workspaces with phenomenal results. Personally, my productivity has tripled.

Visual Systems is the text book for this foundational level of transformation and the host of other tangible and intangible benefits that this process triggers in individuals and systems in any organisation or workplace, professional or private. Invaluable!
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