something was supposed to be done was, in fact, done, or
that something that was done is working as planned
In short, follow-up is confirming that things are going as expected. Unlike an audit, which is a broader check, a follow-up is a targeted check on a specific item.
Follow-up is critical to Lean success. When teams are engaged and actively participating in a continuous improvement culture, there are a lot of moving parts. It is easy for things to start falling through the cracks.
Effective managers adjust their follow-up dates depending on the skill and reliability of their employee. Workers who have a strong track record may only have intermittent follow-ups.
Those who struggle with Parkinson’s Law and scope creep or those that have not shown that they can consistently deliver high quality, error-free results on time should be checked while there is still time to hit the deadline.