Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

Kaizen and Management





Kaizen is the Japanese strategy of continuous improvement.


6Ws of Kaizen

Examples of Implementation



Kaizen - Japanese Continuous Improvement Strategy  

"Japanese management practices succeed simply because they are good management practices. This success has little to do with cultural factors. And the lack of cultural bias means that these practices can be and are just as successfully employed elsewhere."

~ Masaaki Imai 





Kaikaku + Kaizen

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

① Kaizen is evolutionary, focused on incremental improvements

Kaikaku is revolutionary, focused on radical improvements




Kaikaku Kaizen Synergy - radical plus incremental improvements  

If you implement a radical improvement (Kaikaku), you must follow it with Kaizen.

Radically-improved objects tend to return to their original state if a radical improvement (Kaikaku) is not followed with small continuous improvements (Kaizen)... More




Konosuke Matsushita advice quotes

Anything worth doing is worth 100%.

Konosuke Matsushita


Soichiro Honda quotes

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

Soichiro Honda


Edward Deming advice quotes

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

Edward Deming


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



"Kaizen means ongoing improvement involving everybody, without spending much money... You can't do Kaizen just once or twice and expect immediate results. You have to be in it for the long haul."

~ Masaaki Imai



Jeff Bezos story lessons quotes

We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It's our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.

Jeff Bezos




Example: Kaizen Time at Canon

In some Canon plants, the foremen are told to set aside the half-hour as Kaizen time time to do nothing but thinking improvement in the workshop.

The foremen use this period to identify problems and work on Kaizen programs. Factories are advised not to hold meetings during this 30-minute period, and foremen should not even answer the telephone then.


Canon Production System (CPS)

Canon's Suggestion System

5Ss at Canon

Cannon Creates a New Market Niche





Kaizen and Management

Management has two major components:

① maintenance, and

② improvement.

The objective of the maintenance function is to maintain current technological, managerial, and operating standards. The improvement function is aimed at improving current standards.




Under the maintenance function, the management must first establish policies, rules, directives and standard operating procedures (SOPs) and then work towards ensuring that everybody follows SOP. The latter is achieved through a combination of discipline and human resource development measures.

Under the improvement function, management works continuously towards revising the current standards, once they have been mastered, and establishing higher ones.



Kaizen Mindset

7 Conditions

Quick and Easy Kaizen

Kaizen and TQM

Kaizen Culture

8 Components




Improvement can be broken down between innovation and Kaizen.

Innovation involves a drastic change in the existing process and requires large investments and big efforts.

Kaizen signifies small improvements as a result of coordinated continuous efforts by all employees.






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Fun4Biz is a vertical social network it helps people grow as creative entrepreneurs.

The primary goal of the Fun4Biz suggestion system is to improve people, to unlock their creative power and make continuous improvement an enjoyable habit... More

  Advanced suggestion system Fun4Biz social netowrk





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we ask participants what could be done better next time.

Each participant is invited to give
three suggestions.

  Innompic Games the Art of Innovation A-to-Z/360 suggestion system