The Next Generation of Huddle Boards

The Next Generation of Huddle Boards

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The Next Generation of Huddle Boards

I remember when my family got our first VCR. I was extremely excited about the prospect of recording MacGyver so I could watch it anytime I wanted. What a concept. As far as I was concerned, the VCR was the best invention of all time.

Seems silly now. Today I have a Smart TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. I can watch pretty much whatever I want, when I want, with no media at all. Heck, even TiVo is a blast from the past. Like me, you probably don’t watch television or movies the way you did in the 80’s or 90’s. Perhaps it’s time for your huddle board to evolve as well.


Everybody Gather Around

Physical huddle boards were developed to serve the important purpose of visualizing the progress of improvement projects. At specified intervals teams gather to discuss opportunities for positive change and work together to remove any impediments to improvement. Conceptually, physical huddle boards have a lot going for them. They visualize work, promote team collaboration, and place a focus on improvement. All good stuff. But the nature of physical huddle boards leaves a few questions without any good answers:

  • How do you address work that happens in more than one location?
  • Can remote workers be equally engaged?
  • How can the results of completed improvements be tracked over time?
  • Is the history of improvement work captured?
  • Can executives monitor the huddle boards for every department or team?


By: Greg Jacobson
Posted: June 22, 2016, 1:30 pm

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