Category: Kaizen

Total 176 Posts

Facing the Firing Squad

By Steve Kane   I recently had the opportunity to watch a value stream mapping training event in an administrative process.  These types of events are enjoyable for me because I always learn something new.  The lesson learned this time was quite unexpected. The 15 or so people attending the

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There’s More to Nemawashi than Consensus

A local grocery store has been doing some major remodeling. This summer they redesigned their parking lot, including new landscaping. A number of young oak trees were planted in the soil beds dividing the parking area into sections. This is a great idea. Previously the parking lot was quite bare

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The Three Rules for Rules

Many people find even the idea of rules, standards and policies to be stifling. Poorly designed and executed rules can indeed be stifling. But so can working with a total lack of rules, standards and order. Rules are the foundation of continuous improvement and essential to a lean enterprise. Some

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The Best Kaizen is Still Better Kaizen

It’s surprising to be quoted, especially when I can find no memory or record of it. But I don’t disavow these words of mine from The Daily Kaizen blog brought to you by the lean senseis at Group Health Cooperative: “Sometimes the best kaizen is no kaizen at all.” I

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Kaizen Institute Germany Recognized with Top Consultant Award

Congratulations to the Kaizen Institute team in Germany as one of the best management consultancies for small and medium-sized enterprises. For its achievements in the areas of professionalism, consulting services and customer satisfaction, the KAIZEN Institute has been distinguished with the award “TOP CONSULTANT” in 2012. “The TOP CONSULTANT award

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Visualizing the Benefit of Small Improvement Steps

One of the foundational principles of kaizen is that one takes many small steps toward the ideal condition, continually. The strength of this approach is that by keeping the steps small it is both psychologically and physically easier to take action, causing a positive feedback loop as people are encouraged

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Kaizen Tour Switzerland October 23-24, 2012

Our next European Kaizen Tour will be in Switzerland on October23 & 34, 2012. Participants will gain insight into the lean management practices at award-winning companies Model AG, Amcor Flexibles Kreuzlingen AG and Baumer Electric AG. Participants will see and learn more about their individual challenges, strategies and kaizen success

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Innovation is Nothing but ECRS

Kirby Ferguson explains in a TED video that Everything is a remix. What seems new is actually something old, but changed. This is a familiar idea in the continuous improvement field, and a place of significant overlap with the nuts and bolts of innovation. For the latest web 2.0 startup

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