What is Kaizen?
Move a mountain beginning with small stones.
It is derived from the Japanese words kai which means change or to correct and zen which means good),
- Kaizen is a Japanese word 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 sustainable continuous improvement focusing on elimination of waste in all system and process.
- Kaizen means working together to make large and significant improvement with small investment in time and money.
- Reduces waste in the areas such as inventory, waiting times,transportation,worker motion,employee skills, etc
- Improves space utilization,product quality, production capacity and employee retention.
- 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 1 expert involve people
- Identify the root cause
Kaizen vs Six Sigma