Category: Kaizen

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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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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 to

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