Everything can and should be improved
‒ look for improvement opportunities constantly.


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What is Kaizen?

Kaizen means "improvement". Kaizen strategy calls for never-ending efforts for improvement involving everyone in the organization – managers and workers alike.

Kaizen Culture: 8 Key Elements

Continuous Improvement Firm  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Kaizen and Management

Management has two major components ‒ maintenance and  improvement... More

Two Parts of Kaizen Management

  Cross-functional Management

  Policy Deployment

Mini-Kaizen    Kaizen Implementation Principles  >>  7 Conditions    Glossary

Examples  >>  Kaizen  /  CIF  /  JIT  /  Japanese-style Suggestion System



Every company could be made more efficient
‒ save resources, energy and increase production for everyone ‒

following the Kaizen principles.



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Kaizen and Kaikaku

Kaizen is evolutionary, focused on incremental improvements.

Kaizen Mindset

Kaikaku is revolutionary, focused on radical improvements

10 Kaikaku Tips

Kaizen and Corporate Culture

Kaizen is an integral part of corporate culture of a Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF). It requires continuous both conscious and sub-conscious thinking about improvements from everyone.

Nurturing and effectively integrating Kaizen into corporate culture is not easy. It requires a sustained effort. But, as Toyota has demonstrated, it offers a more sustained competitive advantage... More

Kaizen and Kaikaku >> 10 Kaikaku Commandments    Kaizen and Innovation

3 Broad Types of Waste    7 Wastes    5S    Just-in-Time (JIT)




Henry Ford advice

The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.

Henry Ford

Ford Moror



Process- vs. Result-Oriented Thinking

Kaizen concentrates at improving the process rather than at achieving certain results. Such managerial attitudes and process thinking make a major difference in how an organization masters change and achieves improvements.

Quick and Easy Kaizen

  Permanent method changes. Change the method. Once the change is made, you can’t go back to the old way of doing things... More

Balanced Organization

Suggestion systems involve all employees in continuous efficiency improvement... More

Case Studies Tôhoku Oki Electric Co.

The company gets 570 improvement suggestions per employee per year... More

The Key Kaizen Practices

Culture  >>>

customer orientation

quality control (QC) circles

suggestion system

discipline in the workplace

small-group activities

cooperative labor-management relations

total quality management

quality improvement

Production Process

automation & robotics


zero defects

total productive maintenance (TPM)


Just-in-Time (JIT)

productivity improvement

new product development

Manufacturing Strategies Used by US and Japanese Companies  >>  TQM    Bunsha

Kaizen and TQM    Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan    Customer-focused TQM



Soichiro Honda quotes

After materials are carried into the factory, nothing but products should be carried out from it.  >>>

Soichiro Honda




7 Goals of the Japanese Suggestion System

❶  Making the job easier

❷  Removing drudgery from the job

❸  Removing nuisance from the job

❹  Making the job safer

❺  Making the job more productive

❻  Improving product quality

❼  Saving time and cost... More


Problem Solving Strategies: 4 Levels  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book


Employee Empowerment: Suggestion System

The suggestion system is an integral part of an established management system that aims at involving employees in Kaizen. The number of worker's suggestions is regarded as an important criteria in reviewing the performance of the worker's supervisor and the manager of the supervisor.

The Japanese management encourages employees to generate a great number of suggestions and works hard to consider and implement these suggestions, often incorporating them into the overall Kaizen strategy. Management also gives due recognition to employee's efforts for improvement. An important aspect of the suggestion system is that each suggestion, once implemented, leads to an upgraded standard. Quality control (QC) circles can be viewed as a group-oriented suggestion system for making improvements. QC circle is a small group that voluntarily performs quality-control activities in the workplace.

Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan

Total quality control (TQC) involves everyone in the organization and is aimed at improvement of managerial performance at all levels... More

Toyota Problem Solving Techniques  >>  5-Why Technique    5S    Just-in-Time (JIT)

Kaizen Culture  >>  8 Elements    3 Pillars    Japan vs. West   Fun4Biz    EKICHAWO




Edward Deming advice quotes

The job can't be finished only improved to please the customer.

Edward Deming



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Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing

Lean Enterprise: KoRe 10 Tips

Kaizen is the heart of Lean Manufacturing (also known as the Toyota Production System).

Toyota states: "...based on the concept of continuous improvement, or Kaizen, every Toyota team member is empowered with the ability to improve their work environment. This includes everything from quality and safety to the environment and productivity. Improvements and suggestions by team members are the cornerstone of Toyota's success."

The Toyota Way: 14 Principles

Example of a Truly Lean Value Chain

CIF  >>  Implementation    3 Basic Principles    CIF vs. MP    PDSA

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