Shadow Boards are visual methods of storing tools or materials and are always placed where the work is being done. Each shadow board consists of outlines or “shadows” in the shape of individual items to make it obvious where each should be put away. The shadow board accomplishes two essential goals of the visual workplace at once – it provides guidance for where to store things while at the same time making it obvious when a tool or item is missing.

It is a guide to your visual management efforts. The Checklist helps you determine if you’ve paid attention to the Four Basic Principles; Make it Simple, Big, Visible and Changeable. And it ensures you’ve applied all the standard tips and tricks to create a truly visual process.