The T-card system is a visual management tool used in various industries and organisations to track tasks, schedules, and resources. It involves using T-shaped cards, hence the name "T-card system." The T-cards are typically made of cardstock or plastic and are designed in the shape of a T, with one vertical section and one horizontal section.
The T-card system consists of a board or panel with slots or rows where the T-cards can be inserted. Each T-card represents a specific task, activity, or resource. The vertical section of the T-card contains information about the task, such as the task description, due date, assigned personnel, or other relevant details. The horizontal section of the T-card typically represents a resource or category associated with the task, such as a specific machine, department, or project.
The T-cards are visually arranged on the board based on priority, due dates, or other categorisations. As tasks are completed, or progress is made, the corresponding T-cards are moved from one column or slot to another. This movement provides a visual representation of task status and progress.
The T-card system offers several benefits:
Visual Management: The system provides a visual representation of tasks, schedules, and resources. It allows team members and leaders to quickly grasp the status of tasks and identify bottlenecks or areas requiring attention.
Task Tracking and Prioritisation: The T-cards allow for easy tracking and prioritisation of tasks. The visual arrangement on the board enables team members to identify urgent tasks, upcoming deadlines, or tasks that are falling behind schedule.
Resource Allocation: The horizontal section of the T-cards enables efficient resource allocation. By categorising tasks by resources or categories, teams can quickly identify which resources are in use or available at any given time.