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Kaizen 5S frameworkKaizenWhat is Kaizen? Definition

The Kaizen method of continuous incremental improvements is an originally Japanese management concept for gradual, continuous (incremental) change (improvement).


Kaizen is actually a way of life philosophy. It assumes that every aspect of our life deserves to be constantly improved. The Kaizen philosophy lies behind many Japanese management concepts such as: Total Quality Control, Quality Control circles, small group activities, labor relations.


Key elements of Kaizen are: quality, effort, involvement of all employees, willingness to change, and communication.


Japanese companies distinguish between: Innovation, a radical form of change, and Kaizen, a continuous form of change. Kaizen means literally: change (kai) to become good (zen).


The five foundation elements of Kaizen

  1. Teamwork.
  2. Personal discipline.
  3. Improved morale.
  4. Quality circles.
  5. Suggestions for improvement.

Out of this foundation, three key factors in Kaizen arise

  • Elimination of Waste (muda) and inefficiency.
  • The Kaizen 5S Framework for good housekeeping.
    1. Seiri, meaning tidiness (Eng: Straighten)
    2. Seiton, meaning orderliness (Eng: Sort)
    3. Seiso, meaning cleanliness (Eng: Sweep, Shine)
    4. Seiketsu, meaning standardized clean-up (Eng: Standardize)
    5. Shitsuke, meaning discipline (Eng: Self-Discipline, Sustain)
  • Standardization.

When should the Kaizen philosophy be applied? Although it is difficult to give generic advice it is clear that it fits well in gradual, incremental change situations that require long-term change and in collective cultures. More individual cultures that are more focused on short-term success are often more conducive to concepts such as Business Process Reengineering.


Kaizen compared to Business Process Reengineering

When Kaizen is compared with the BPR method it is clear the Kaizen philosophy is more people-oriented, more easy to implement, but requires long-term discipline and provides only a small pace of change. The Business Process Reengineering approach on the other hand is harder, technology-oriented, it enables radical change but it requires considerable change management skills.


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  Kaizen Prerequisites
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  Kaizen is Based on Kata
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  Formal Kaizen Programs
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  Start the Change Within Yourself
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  Kaizen and Quality and Toyota
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  Gauging Customer Satisfaction
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  Organizational Change Must Be Slow and Incremental
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  Linking Kaizen to Goals of the Organization
Linking Kaizen to goals is a sure way to ensure improvement within each process of the organization. These projects are reviewed internally and any boondoggle projects are canceled. The out of the box thought of identifying the area of improvement an...
     
  Kaizen is a Philosophy | Kaizen Background
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  The Kaizen Philosophy
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  Building Blocks of Kaizen, Continual Improvement
It's interesting to see the clarification we received from Anthony from India about continually improving quality, cost and delivery.
The key word is continually (for the broad scope of the whole organization for example), since the littl...
     
  Kaizen is More than the Housekeeping techniques (5S) !
Kaizen 5S is not just housekeeping techniques...
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  One of the Best Management Practice that anyboy could have.
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  Kaizen in my Company
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  Kaizen in Human Resources
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  Kaizen basis for Lean Six Sigma
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  Loss Function Analysis
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  Kaizen vs Business Process Reengineering
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  Kaizen and Organisational Culture
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  Kaizen is a Way of Life
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Comparison Kaizen vs. Innovation

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Leadership Strategies for Change

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Why Kaizen is Needed for Wastefree and Flexible Manufacturing

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Kaizen The Keys to Continuous Improvement

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How to Focus your Improvement Efforts?

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Kaizen Best Practices

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Kaizen: An Essential Tool

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