Planning and Executing Kaizen

This course is designed to provide the participant with a basic understanding of how to use kaizen as part of a lean journey. We will distinguish between kaizen as ongoing continuous improvement and kaizen event as a blitz with a clear beginning and end. This important idea will help practitioners and leaders to sharpen their improvement plans and clarify results expectations. We will develop an understanding of the steps to set up and execute a formal kaizen event. Participants will gain knowledge that will help them lead improvement planning and participate in execution of kaizen activities.

Class Details

Class Name:
Planning and Executing Kaizen
  • Operations managers who are responsible for guiding lean activities.
  • Lean coordinators, managers, and engineers.
  • Supervisors and lead people who have process improvement responsibility.
  • Front-line associates who are responsible for executing and sustaining kaizen improvements.
  • Project team members who have responsibility to design new/improved processes.
  • Lean practitioners looking for a refresher on the basics.
1 Day Course

Learning Objectives

After participating in this class, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between kaizen and kaizen event.
  • Define the role of ongoing kaizen.
  • Explain how to do kaizen to front-line employees.
  • List the planning steps for a kaizen event.
  • Explain how kaizen fits in to the operational strategy.

Outline At-a-Glance

  • Define kaizen
  • Distinguish between continuous improvement and improvement projects
  • Learn how to support informal continuous kaizen
  • Learn the steps to setting up a formal kaizen event
  • Define roles of players in a kaizen event
  • Learn that kaizen and kaizen events are not "one size fits all"
  • Learn to do kaizen in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing settings
  • Align improvement efforts with operating strategy

Job Roles