Controlling Chaos

Rocky Geans' organization starts with the inside of his own desk.

The offices of L.L. Geans are also visually organized.

Office supplies are in the proper places.

Each project has a job book that is set up in the same sequence and includes the same information in the same places.

Projects are assigned to crew chiefs with the color of the sticky note defining the type of work.

Work for the upcoming month is assigned.

All workers are encouraged to STOPP.

Tools for each job category are defined so workers know what tools tehy will need and so everyone uses the same names.

Trash cans are all painted red and yellow and located both inside and outside the shop so that one is always accessible within a few steps.

For larger equipment, everything needed for regular servicing is included in a single tub.

Chains are painted to make their approved use clear: red for tie-down, green for lifting, white for shop use only.

Equipment taken to the job site is always accompanied by a field service kit that contains everything needed to keep it running or perform minor repairs on the job site.

Inventory information is clearly visible for consumable materials.

Supplies are all arranged with the label out and clearly visible—what Geans calls “face-off.”

When a tool is checked taken out, the person responsible leaves a pop-up tent with their name.

The proiper location for all equipment is clearly labeled.

Each piece of equipment has its field service kit.

Each job trailer is set up the same.

Geans’ four job trailers are each set up the same with everything in the same places for easy location on site.

Each job trailer includes a trash can, behind which hides a urinal for projects without facilities.

Each job trailer includes a trash can, behind which hides a urinal for projects without facilities.

Note how the rear swing door of the trailer is set up for use during the daily huddle.

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