Secret # 1 Crazy about Kaizen!
The meaning of Kaizen is slow but continuous improvement, doing “little things” better , setting and achieving ever-higher standards. Kaizen is an important part of the examination process for waste reduction. The 80/20 rule, 80 percent of waste is designed into the product and services. Conducting Kaizen during product and service development results in a “built in” efficient flow. Performing Kaizen during all the product’s life inspires efficiency in legacy products and services. It is always productive to engage in Kaizen. Productive people are in motion; Kaizen fuels the motion one event at a time, creating the “go-and-do-it” attitude.
Kaizen can inspire, however, true lean transformation does not happen in a day. It takes consistent and persistent willingness to change and improve. Too often, we lose sight of the fact that suitable change is considered work. Some say it is associated with the same level of effort that brought us to the current level of inefficiency in the first place. Kaizen fuels the “go-and-do-it” attitude because it transforms a culture that realizes “doing it” was better than simply talking about it.
Kaizen is Japanese for “change for the better” or “improvement”, the English translation is “continuous improvement”, or “continual improvement.” When we focus on perfection the definition of Kaizen evolves and becomes “improvement in motion”.
Savo, P. (2006). PERFECTION – 10 Secrets to Successful Lean Manufacturing Implementation. Boston: Tradition Books
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