Obeya Principles

The 11 Obeya Principles

The 11 Obeya Principles define Obeya and guide its improvement – regardless of what methodology or approach you choose for your Obeya setup. Developed, used, tried and tested by Obeya practitioners worldwide; the 11 Obeya Principles serve as guiding star for all that is Obeya related.

About the Obeya Principles

There are common traits and characteristics that are shared by most Obeya that are represented in the 11 Obeya Principles. The Obeya Principles collect and synthesize these characteristics and aid best practice sharing. They are meant to guide Obeya use and development. The Obeya Principles provide a common language and a conceptual foundation of Obeya.

An Obeya means to work across 4 quadrants: Mindset, Alignment, Workspace and Content. The 11 Principles further define how to approach work in an Obeya in every quadrant. The relative order of the separate Principles are regardless of their relevance.

The combination of the Principles with the roles Obeya Master and Obeya Host provide a solid framework to approach Obeya. It provides grip in your Obeya setup without loss of flexibility

#1 People come together in the Obeya to respectfully see, learn & act on vital information

#2 People are committed to engage in continuous improvement, resolving obstacles along the way

#3 In the Obeya, we communicate a strong sense of purpose

#4 Purpose is recognizably tied to our organizational strategy through meaningful objectives

The Obeya connects strategy to execution with visible orientation on customer experience

The Obeya meetings have a rhythm in sync with the operational heartbeat of the organization

The Obeya visuals provide a logical and practical information and conversation flow

The Obeya reflects a good understanding of the flow of work from start to delivery

The Obeya is an attractive and available area, in proximity to the workfloor

In the Obeya, we use analytics-driven-evidence to make business decisions

Data owners ensure information is easy to consume, readily available, up to date, and visually attractive

The 11 Obeya Principles

  • Easy print version for in your Obeya
  • Guidelines for forming an Obeya
  • Designed by and for Obeya experts

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It can be difficult to decide where to start when you want to set up an Obeya or improve your current Obeya. This is why we have designed the 11 Principles Focus scan. 

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