New Project: Spaghetti Diagram Art
Here’s a peek into a fun project I started on a whim. As I work with hospital staff members and teach them to observe processes and identify waste (as part of a space and process redesign process), we do a lot of “spaghetti diagrams.” In this approach, healthcare professionals shadow their colleagues to help identify opportunities for improvement. They trace their walking pattern, as it happens, on a layout diagram.
Many of these diagrams, with all of their lines showing the walking and the “hunting and gathering” that takes place, are pretty dramatic visualizations of wasted motion and delays in patient care. When you zoom in on them or tweak them a bit, the lines often end up looking like abstract art (or maybe I don’t have much of an eye for art). Hence, “Lean Spaghetti Art” – a new blog I’ve been playing around with. Which are spaghetti diagrams and which are Jackson Pollock pieces?