Category: Kaizen

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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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Executive Master of Business Operational Excellence

Boise State University received approval from the State Board of Education for their Executive Master of Business Operational Excellence (EMBOE) last week. This 12-month program is jointly developed and taught by Kaizen Institute and BSU. The program is designed to help working professionals gain expertise in continuous improvement with an

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Hack Days, 20% Time and Kaizen Events

The 20% Doctrine How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business by Ryan Tate introduces the concept of “hack days” popularized by software development teams within companies such as Google and Yahoo! During hack days, also called 20% time at Google, people are allowed

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Where is Your Suggestion Box?

The placement of a suggestion box within an organization speaks volumes about their level of commitment and sophistication in pursuing customer service, quality and continuous improvement. The example above was in the lobby of a county health center, on the way to the restroom. All in all, not bad placement.

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How to do Hansei

I am wrapping up a fairly intensive period of reflection. This week was the first board meeting since the merger of Gemba Research and Kaizen Institute nearly 18 months ago. It has been a time of challenge, opportunity and personal growth, requiring much hansei. This was about half of our

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Kaizen and the Moisture Content of Fabrics

Fabric is one of the oldest technological artifacts of humanity. Water is essential to our survival and ubiquitous in our daily lives. So it is fitting that these two things come together in a metaphor about kaizen – changing things for the better. The Wet Blanket Our friend and contributor

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