What is Kaizen?

Move a mountain beginning with small stones.

Definition

It is derived from the Japanese words kai which means change or to correct, and zen, which means good),

  • Kaizen is a Japanese word that means change for the better.
  • Kaizen is a participative and democratic approach that involves every employee – from upper management to lower staff.
  • Kaizen is a culture aimed at continuous sustainable improvement focusing on eliminating waste in all systems and processes.
  • Kaizen means working together to make a large and significant improvement with a small investment in time and money.

Benefits

  • It reduces waste in the areas such as inventory, waiting times, transportation, worker motion, employee skills, etc.
  • It improves space utilization, product quality, production capacity and employee retention.
  • It provides immediate results.

Ground rules of Kaizen,

  • Don’t try to justify the past: Challenge fixed ideas.
  • Be positive: Think how things CAN be done, not why they CAN’T be done.
  • Use data: not theories.
  • Use wisdom, not money.
  • Work smarter, not harder.
  • Set high standards.
  • Correct failures immediately – 70% now is better than 100% never.
  • Lead by example.
  • A team is better than one expert. Involve people.
  • Identify the root cause and then take action.

 






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