Kaizen: the Culture of Continuous Improvement (1 Day Class)
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Understand the fundamentals of Kaizen and its importance as a central aspect of a lean system
- Document Kaizen improvement
- Judge improvement proposals according to their compliance to the Kaizen requisites
- Commence a plan for the introduction of Kaizen in your organization
The Kaizen Teian or Kaizen methodology promotes the sustainable continuous improvement as a daily way of life for every member within the organization. It supports the flow, implementation and recognition of improvement proposals made by all collaborators.
Kaizen is the original concept that has been used by Toyota until today and that has become the culture in all Toyota sites in Japan and overseas.
It provides a structure to channel the opportunities for improvement detected by any employee and convert them into realized changes that have a positive impact in the way people perform and perceive their work.
Kaizen requires a formalized structure within the Organization, where collaborator’s proposals are evaluated, implemented, reviewed and recognized according to their alignment to the company’s declared objectives for continuous improvement. The recognition system also helps motivate collaborators to participate, either individually or through team work, in the proposal and implementation of their improvement ideas.
The benefits of Kaizen include the participation of all collaborators in improving and transforming (evolving) the organization in small, every day, incremental steps that do not lose effectiveness over time.
Some of the elements utilized to support Kaizen are: Visual Management Kaizen Boards, Kaizen proposal format, Proposal scoring matrix, Kaizen rewards system, Monthly metrics reporting, etc.
Besides the tangible benefits, Kaizen is regarded as a most effective technique to improve engagement and culture within a company.
This workshop is based on a “hear-see-do” approach, so you'll learn the key concepts through instruction, discussion, simulation, and small-group exercise. The topics covered are:
- Kaizen: Toyota’s original concept
- How Kaizen fits in the TPS house
- Why use Kaizen in your organization
- Examples of Kaizen from around the world
- How to start a Kaizen culture
- What are the steps for preparing the organization
- Structural requirements for implementation: training, forms, evaluation, steering board, guidelines.
Who Should Attend:
Those who would benefit from this workshop include:
- Office personnel and Operators - to understand the importance of following Kaizen as an every-day occurrence
- Leadership- to learn how to evaluate people's Kaizen forms (improvement proposals)
- Engineers and lean leaders - to understand how to introduce, support, and teach Kaizen
- Organizations at any stage in a lean transformation that are struggling with:
- Failures to sustain the results from past suggestions or kaizen events
- Problems in getting collaborators to propose improvements for their work areas
- Poor ownership and accountability from employees, for changing the status quo
LEI Faculty, President Honsha Associates
Sammy learned the Toyota Production System while working at Toyota Motors in Japan. For three years he underwent intense practical training at the Honsha Overseas Engineering Division in Toyota City. Then for 13 years, he implemented lean in a variety of Toyota facilities in Japan, Brazil, the United States, and Venezuela.
Sammy has hands-on experience implementing lean principles in other industries, including healthcare, construction, retail, and government. In all, he has helping over 300 companies on their lean journeys. He holds a master’s degree in technology management and has lectured at universities such as Stanford and Harvard. He currently aids companies implementing lean through Honsha Associates.
To maximize your learning experience we recommend that prior to attending this program you take following workshops or have a good understanding of the concepts presented within them.
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