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. The 11 Obeya Principles form an independent framework and have been developed by the Obeya Association in 2020. Developed, used, tried and tested by Obeya practitioners worldwide; the 11 Obeya Principles serve as guiding star for all that is Obeya related.

From practical Obeya setups to Obeya roles and Obeya interaction. From ways to deal with information, planning & data to Visual Management  practices. The 11 Obeya Principles apply to both physical and digital dimensions.

The 11 Obeya Principles span across 4 quadrants:

Alignment, Workspace, Content and Mindset.

#1 In the Obeya, we communicate a strong sense of purpose
#2 Purpose is recognizably tied to our organizational strategy through meaningful objectives
#3 The Obeya connects strategy to execution with visible orientation on customer experience
#4 The Obeya meetings have a rhythm in sync with the operational heartbeat of the organization
#5 The Obeya visuals provide a logical and practical information and conversation flow
#6 The Obeya reflects a good understanding of the flow of work from start to delivery
#7 The Obeya is an attractive and available area, in proximity to the workfloor
#8 In the Obeya, we use analytics-driven-evidence to make business decisions
#9 Data owners ensure information is easy to consume, readily available, up to date, and visually attractive
#10 People come together in the Obeya to respectfully see, learn & act on vital information
#11 People are committed to engage in continuous improvement, resolving obstacles along the way

The 11 Obeya Principles

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The 11 principles summarised

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