W E L C O M E   T O   T H E   M I C H I G A N   L E A N   C O N S O R T I U M

Lean Tool Tip—Kimishibai

Tuesday, November 01, 2022 10:34 AM | Andi Barajas (Administrator)

You improved your process and created new standard work now what? How do you help solidify the new culture? “Kamishibai”

by Bob Sturza, MLC Board Member

Kamishibai is a tool used as a visual control for performing audits within a process:

  • Uncomplicated tool for visual management.
  • Can be used on shop floors or office settings.
  • Natural extension of gemba walks.
  • Focus is on process management and control.
  • A simple, visual check card system used to review critical items within any work area.

  • Auditors carry out 1 to 3 audits daily.
  • Each process will have an audit card detailing the check to be made.
  • Audit cards are held in a box below the control board.
  • One side of the card is green stating the audit passed.
  • The other is red for failed audits and has countermeasures listed.
  • The card remains red until the countermeasure is applied and the cause is corrected.


  1. Can you use this?
  2. What processes would benefit from this kind of audit?
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software