Thursday, 14 March 2013


Kaizen is a japanese term that means continuous improvement, taken from words ‘Kai’ means continuous and ‘zen’ means improvement.

Some translate ‘Kai’ to mean change and ‘zen’ to mean good, or for the better.

The same japanese words Kaizen that pronounce as ‘Gai San’ in chinese mean:
  • Gai: The action to correct.
  • San: This word is more related to the Taoism or Buddhism Philosophy in which give the definition as the action that ‘benefit’ the society but not to one particular individual. The quality of benefit that involve here should be sustain forever, in other words the ‘san’ is and act that truely benefit the others.

Any action whose output is intended to be an improvement to an existing process can be considered as a "Kaizen Event".

Kaizen Events are commonly refered to as a tool that: 
  • Gathers operators, managers, and owners of a process in one place 
  • Maps the existing process (using a deployment flowchart, in most cases) 
  • Improves on the existing process 
  • Solicits buy-in from all parties related to the process 

Kaizen Events are an extremely efficient way to quickly improve a process with a low Sigma score. Kaizen Events are also useful for convincing organizations new to Six Sigma of the methodology’s value.

The true intent of a Kaizen Event is to hold small events attended by the owners and operators of a process to make improvements to that process which are within the scope of the process participants.

Kaizen definition has been Americanized to mean "Continual Improvement." A closer definition of the Japanese meaning of Kaizen is "to take apart and put back together in a better way". Kaizen Blitz could be defined as "a sudden overpowering effort to take something apart and put it back together in a better way." What is taken apart is usually a process, system, product, or service.

— Source: iSixSigma


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