Kaikaku and Kaizen
Kaikaku is a
term that means radical change, transformation, a
It means radical overhaul of an activity to
eliminate all waste (muda in Japanese) and create greater value.
It is a rapid and
radical change process.
lean terms, there are two kinds of improvement.
Kaizen is evolutionary, focused on incremental improvements.
Kaikaku is revolutionary, focused on radical improvements
Kaikaku is a breakthrough rapid and radical
improvement, of any activity, It is similar to
innovation, though innovation is not necessary for Kaikaku.
Kaikaku is also known as Breakthrough Kaizen,
Kaizen Blitz, Flow Kaizen and System Kaizen.
Kaikaku is sought in addition to Kaizen, not in
place of Kaizen.
Kaikaku is a rapid change event as opposed to
Kaizen which is smaller incremental improvements. Kaikaku is revolutionary
while Kaizen is evolutionary.
sometimes used as a precursor to
Kaizen activities. Kaizen is essential for
Example of a Lean Value Chain
Kaikaku is necessary to break
paradigms and elevate the
awareness of people to a higher level of understanding.
When approaching a problem situation, it might
require radical improvement to start with (Kaikaku), then be continuously
Without Kaizen you are building Kaikaku on sandy foundations. And
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