A Huddle Board is a tool for visualizing the work and workflow of a team or organization. Huddle Boards are most often physical boards like a whiteboard which include “cards” or “post its” to show status, progress and issues related to a project or business initiative. Typical huddle boards track various metrics such as safety, quality, delivery, costs, budgets, inventory, team recognition, or anything else important for teams to monitor on an ongoing basis.
What are Huddle Boards, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Huddle Board
Description of Huddle Boards
Huddle Boards first gained widespread use in the healthcare industry. Teams would “huddle” together each day for a few minutes and determine their most important tasks, and then team members would go execute. The power of Huddle Boards lie in their visual simplicity.
Huddle Boards resemble “Kanban” boards in that they help teams plot out different activities or ongoing project tasks, usually across different phases of their development. For example, a board might contain several columns organized by process step like things to do, things being done, and things completed. Or, you might simple create columns for process steps, like step 1, 2, 3, etc.
Huddle Boards don’t have to be organized around processes. They can also serve as living dashboards for teams and organizations. Some Huddle Boards might contain daily or monthly goals, along with progress reports like graphs or pie charts. However they’re structured, their purpose is the same: instantly align people around a shared purpose to coordinate and accelerate action.
Tools & Templates
In today’s digital world, many teams have recognized the value of online and mobile Huddle Boards. With processes, goals, and metrics available anytime on any device, teams can achieve the benefits of huddle boards without having to be physically together, face to face with the board itself.
When creating an online huddle board, think about these questions:
- What are your goals in moving online? What will anytime and anywhere access allow you to do that you can’t today?
- Who owns the different aspects of the board and is responsible for updates?
- Can you “huddle” online as well throughout the day so you can reduce your number of time-consumer face to face meetings?
All of this is exactly what we’re doing here at upBOARD – providing online huddle boards and best practice tools & templates to teams and organizations that recognize there’s a whole new way to work on the horizon. And, it’s actually already here.
upBOARD's Online Huddle Board Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Huddle Boards, upBOARD’s online Huddle Board templates and collaboration tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin tracking their most important metrics by creating simple yet powerful dashboards. Our software platform goes far beyond other tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other operations best practice tools and templates including: 5 S System, Business Process Re-engineering, House of Quality, Huddle Boards, Just in Time (JIT), Kaizen, Kanban Boards, Lean Manufacturing, Outsourcing Decision-Matrix, RATER Model, Six Sigma, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Theory of Constraints (TOC), Total Quality Management (TQM), Value Stream Mapping, Zero Defects