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8 Things to Avoid to Make Your Kaizen Successful

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Webinar slides from Jeff Hajek and Tim McMahon about 8 common mistakes to avoid in order to make your kaizen more successful.

Webinar slides from Jeff Hajek and Tim McMahon about 8 common mistakes to avoid in order to make your kaizen more successful.


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  • A charter is used to establish the framework of the kaizen. It determines what the problem statement is, relevant background information, time frame, team members, some estimation of the resources involved, and how the improvement will be measured. Without a charter the kaizen could take a very different direction.In order to make the kaizen successful you need to identify what elements are critical to the process. You must determine how you will measure the success of this kaizen so you know if your countermeasures are effective. Without measurement the kaizen can go on and on.The size or amount you will tackle within the kaizen is important for getting things done. If the scope is too large you run the problem of never implementing an improvement.
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    • 1. 8 Things To Avoid To Make Your Kaizen Successful
      Presented by
      Jeff Hajek
      Gotta Go Lean
      Tim McMahon
      A Lean Journey
      Version 4/14/2011
    • 2. Introduction


      Kai
      Zen
      Change
      Good
    • 3. Forms of Kaizen
    • 4. Purpose of Kaizen
      Cross-FunctionalTeams
      Multi-Level Teams
    • 5. Lack of a Charter
      A charter is used to establish the framework of the kaizen.
      It determines what the problem statement is, relevant background information, time frame, team members, and some estimation of the resources involve.
      You must determine how you will measure the success of this kaizen so you know if your countermeasures are effective.
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IWW_charter.jpg
    • 6. Scope Creep
      Driven by motivation to do well
      You can adjust goals as needed, if…
      …it doesn’t keep you from meeting critical goals
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GMC-S15-Jimmy.jpg and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1987-gmc-archives.jpg
    • 7. Poor Team Selection
      The team members on the kaizen are the brain power and manpower behind the improvement.
      Picking the team members should be an important part of planning the kaizen.
      You need to consider people's skill sets, expertise or knowledge, individuals within and outside the process, and who will provide the learning.
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dickies_500_Army.jpg
    • 8. Win-Lose Scenarios
      Don’t create resistance by letting one group come out ahead of other groups
      Doesn’t have to be equal every time, but must balance eventually
      One disgruntled person can wipe out massive gains
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Superbowl_Trophy_Crop.jpg
      Super Bowl XX Final Score: Bears 46, Patriots 10
    • 9. Striving for Perfection
      If you try to achieve perfection you may well be at the kaizen a very long time. Perfection is elusive.
      If you can accomplish 80% of what you set out to and meet the goals of the charter then call it complete. You will be back to improve from this new state again.
      Failure to follow through on these can undermine the team's efforts.
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BillyMills_Crossing_Finish_Line_1964Olympics.jpg
    • 10. Uncommitted Leaders / Champion
      Conflicted often confused with lack of commitment
      Discover real conflicts
      Tread carefully!!!
      Enlist a mentor for help
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_yang.svg
    • 11. Lack of Visibility for Non-Participants
      Getting the buy in from those who are not participating on the team is important for sustaining the improvement.
      For those who are not involved we need to make them aware of the improvements the team is making.
      If you don't they will naturally resist the improvement.
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tower_Optical_Binoculars.jpg
    • 12. Scrounging for Materials / Tools
      No scavenger hunts!
      Build a resource area
      Use kanban for reorder
      Address accounting issues
      Predict what you might need
      You can return unneeded items later
      Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Treasure_map.svg
    • 13. Conclusion
      Lack of a Charter
      Scope Creep
      Poor Team Selection
      Win-Lose Scenarios
      Striving for Perfection
      Uncommitted Champions / Leaders
      Lack of Visibility for Non-participants
      Scrounging for Materials and Tools
    • 14. Follow-up Information
      http://www.ALeanJourney.com
      4 Essential Green Gadgets for your Lean Kaizen
      The Importance of Going to the Gemba
      10 Things to Avoid During Kaizen
      • http://www.GottaGoLean.com
      • 15. Lean Training System
      • 16. http://www.velaction.com/products-services/lean-training/
      • 17. New DVDS
      • 18. Daily Management
      • 19. Poka Yoke
    • Questions
      Jeff Hajek
      Info@Velaction.com
      www.GottaGoLean.com
      1.800.670.5805
      Tim McMahon
      http://linkedin.com/in/timothyfmcmahon
      860-469-LEAN (5326)
    • 20. Copyright Terms
      You may modify this presentation for use within your own organization.
      You may distribute this presentation within your own organization.
      You may not distribute this presentation, its derivative works, or images contained within it outside of your own organization.