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What is it: KAIZEN is a Japanese word for “improvement” it is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen activities continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers. By improving standardized activities and processes, KAIZEN aims to eliminate waste.

A KAIZEN Event (or KAIZEN Blitz) - occurs when an operation team works together to improve a specific operation. It typically involves a detailed description of the current state of the selected operation, developing the kaizen plan for improvement, implementing the plan, following-up to confirm that the plan was carried out fully and correctly, and reporting to management on the event and its accomplishments.

Why use it: To be Lean, you must improve constantly.  Every action or process can be improved. Walking or motion can be reduced.  Inventory can be reduced, this is why KAIZEN is used.

Where to use it: At the beginning of Lean Implementation to shift paradigms and quickly demonstrate results. When an experienced practitioner identifies a simple, independent family of products and processes that fit the slogans and edicts. When the event is part of a well thought out Manufacturing Strategy.

When to use it: It is working each and every day to make improvements in the processes of the organization. Such incremental, but continuous improvement may reap great gains over time. Such incremental, but continuous improvement may reap great gains over time.

How to use it: The KAIZEN Process follows a few steps:

  • Assign a team leader.
  • Assemble a dedicated, cross-functional team. Kaizens are usually between 3-5 days. The team needs to be dedicated for these days. The teams are usually between 4 and 8 members plus the leader.
  • Inform area to be KAIZEN and develop a scope sheet.  The scope contains four major sections: the team roster, a basic process overview, current problems faced, and goals/objectives. 
  • Assemble KAIZEN Kits and forms (part of template package), stopwatch for every 2 people, ruler, clipboard, markers (green, red, and yellow), tape measure, marking tape are items commonly used.
  • Conduct the event
  • Follow-up.  Ensure 30-day follow-up items and KAIZEN Newspaper (part of template package) are completed.

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  What is KAIZEN
Microsoft PowerPoint Format
Microsoft Powerpoint
Format
What is KAIZEN
  KAIZEN - PDCA Activity Report
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - PDCA Activity Report
  KAIZEN - Time Observation Form
Adobe PDF Format
Adobe PDF
Format
KAIZEN - Time Observation Form
  KAIZEN - 30 Day Follow Up Form
Adobe PDF Format
Adobe PDF
Format
KAIZEN - 30 Day Follow Up Form
  KAIZEN - PWINT (Processing, Waiting, Inspection, Transportation) Worksheet
Microsoft Word Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - PWINT Worksheet
  KAIZEN - Target Matrix Form
Adobe PDF Format
Adobe PDF
Format
KAIZEN - Target Matrix Form
  KAIZEN - Stand in the Circle Template
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Stand in the Circle Template
  KAIZEN - Spaghetti Diagram Template
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Spaghetti Diagram Template
  KAIZEN - Project Charter
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Project Charter
  KAIZEN - Production Control Broad Template
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Production Control Broad Template
  KAIZEN - Newspaper
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Newspaper
  KAIZEN - Motion Economy Chart
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Motion Economy Chart
  KAIZEN - Motion Analysis Worksheet
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Motion Analysis Worksheet
  KAIZEN - Lean Leadership Self Check Template
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Lean Leadership Self Check Template
  KAIZEN - ECRS Worksheet
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - ECRS Worksheet
  KAIZEN - Changeover Analysis
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Changeover Analysis
  KAIZEN - Idea Suggestion Form
Microsoft Word Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
KAIZEN - Idea Suggestion Form
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ChartitNOW Team
Posted 1230 days ago
Thanks for the comments, the template package includes all of the templates listed above. Not all documents are in PDF due to better program's able to handle certain templates.
MT
Posted 1233 days ago
Do you get all these charts? And why are some only PDF. Only people with Acrobat can edit them.