Improving Non-Repetitive Takt Production With Visual Management

Max Grönvall*, Henri Ahoste, Joonas Lehtovaara, Ana Reinbold, Olli Seppänen

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Takt production is gaining increasing visibility in the construction industry. To further improve the current takt production practices, visual management tools could offer improved efficiency in the production control phase. However, the effects of visual management in takt control setting have not yet received much attention in research. This study aimed to investigate the effects of various visual tools in a takt production setting to gain knowledge on how these tools could aid takt control efficiency. The research utilized a design science research approach to create visual management tools and iterate them based on feedback. Interviews, site observation, and takt progress tracking were used to evaluate the implemented tools. The findings indicate that workers on site want to be more aware of the production plan, and information helps them to work in the right location at the right time. To help workers, visual management tools need to recognizable, explicit, and contain correct and up-to-date information. However, there are cultural issues related to implementation, especially on the need for information going through foremen to crews.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Place of PublicationLima, Peru
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
ISBN (Electronic)9786124802546
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Lima, Peru
Duration: 14 Jul 202116 Jul 2021
Conference number: 29

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
ISSN (Electronic)2309-0979


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC


  • visual management
  • takt control
  • lean construction
  • takt production
  • production planning and control


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