A Brown Paper Fair is an event where wall-sized process maps are posted and the audience is asked to comment with post-it notes and other forms of evaluation. The audience is composed people who are not part of the mapping process, but who possess valuable insights into how things work. This includes area workers and managers.
The event, sometimes referred to as an Expo or Exposition, is highly engaging and accomplishes a number of objectives:
- Demonstrate to the entire area / company the dedication and commitment of the process work groups
- Give all members the opportunity to share their thoughts and comments regarding the process flow
- Provide a forum in which the free-flow of ideas between all employees can be encouraged, highlighting additional ideas for improvement
Next time someone says, let’s put this map in the computer in Viseo, you suggest putting it on a wall and having a Brown Paper Fair instead.« Back to Glossary Index