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Kaikaku + Kaizen

Radical Improvement +
Incremental Improvements

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Kaikaku Kaizen Synergy - radical plus incremental improvements  

Everything can and should be improved ‒ look for improvement opportunities constantly and pursue them proactively. Keep in your beautiful mind though that radically-improved objects tend to return to their original state if a radical improvement (Kaikaku) is not followed with small continuous improvements (Kaizen).




In Kaizen & Lean terms, there are two kinds of improvement:

① Kaizen is evolutionary, focused on incremental improvements

② Kaikaku is revolutionary, focused on radical improvements



6Ws of the Kaizen Wheel

Kaizen Mindset

Kaizen Practices




Kaikaku and Kazen are two parts of the whole, like Yin and Yang.





When approaching a problem situation, you may need to start with a radical improvement (Kaikaku) if it is a major problem.

Having implemented Kaikaku, keep improving it continuously (Kaizen.

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Kaikaku (radical improvement) is necessary to break paradigms and elevate the awareness of people to a higher level of understanding.


Kaizen and Kaikaku

10 Kaikaku Commandments





Kaikaku is a rapid change event as opposed to Kaizen which is smaller incremental improvements.

Kaikaku is revolutionary while Kaizen is evolutionary.


Kaizen and TQM

Kaizen Culture



VadiK KoRe 10 Tips Radical Improvements (Kaikaku) Surprise Your Customers Kaizen 80/20 Principle Turn Problems into Opportunities Questioning Culture "Why? What If?" questions How To Sell Ideas To Stakeholders Creative Dissatisfaction Take Action Learning SWOT Questions 10 Brainstorming Rules Master of Business Synergies (MBS) Kaizen Mindset Kaikaku-Kaizen Journey 6Ws of the Kaizen Wheel Inventive Thinking Questions Customer Value Creation Entrepreneurial Action Waltz-Up with Everything Break Rules Difference that makes the Difference Cross-pollination of ideas Do more with less Kaikaku - Radical Improvement - KoRe 10 Tips  

Kaikaku sometimes used as a precursor to Kaizen activities. Kaizen is essential for a long-term lean transformation.

Without continuous improvements (Kaizen) you are building a radical improvement (Kaikaku) on a sandy foundation. And vice versa.





Keep in Mind




Kaizen Wheel: 6Ws - Why, Who, What, How, Where, When  

"Kaizen" means quite different things in Japan and the West.

In Japan, "kaizen" is a journey that focuses on people it calls to start any improvement with yourself and then improve everything around you.

In the West, "kaizen" is narrowly focused on improving processes.






Continuous Improvement




Vadim Kotelnikov inspirational speaker creative problem solving

Everything can and should be improved
‒ look for opportunities!


6Ws of the Kaizen Wheel

Kaizen and Management

Kaizen and Innovation

Kaizen Implementation

7 Conditions for Kaizen Implementation

Kaizen Culture: 8 Components

Suggestion System