What is Kaizen?
Kaizen means Continuous Improvement. It originated from the Japanese word ‘Kai’ meaning ‘change’ and ‘Zen’ meaning ‘for the better’. Kaizen is basically small improvements carried out by the person who is doing the job in his/her day-to-day work. Small zero investment improvements are always welcome and are more important than one-shot big improvements.
Remember, Kaizen is to be done by everybody, right across the organization as everyone is contributing to the organization output.
Steps for implementation
- Problem Identification
- Idea Formulation
- Idea Selection
Every time a new measure is implemented, it must be seen how it goes, check the results, search out, admit mistakes, and try to do better in the next attempt. – By TAICHI OHNO
The PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle can be used for implementation of Kaizen.
Some rules for improvement are:
v Do not make excuses
v Think of how to do it, not how to explain it
v Don’t be afraid of trying for fear of failure
v Do it now, don’t keep it for tomorrow
v Problems beget wisdom
v Replace/ remove activities that are non-value adding
v There is always room for improvement
v Debunk the myths
v Management is starting with planning and comparing it with results (PDCA cycle)
Steps for implementation of Kaizen
v Develop need and understanding of kaizen
v Create a vision on kaizen
v Create a structure for kaizen implementation
v Provide kaizen training
v Design promotional activities
v Develop recognition systems
v Design review and monitoring systems
The efficiency, growth and development of an organization, what ever may be type of organization depend on the capability of the personnel and the technology. The capability if the person depends on the type of training and the motivation