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Kaizen

  1. 1. Lumanao, Randy S.<br />Associate of Computer Technology 1<br />
  2. 2. What is Kaizen?<br />Kaizen means &quot;improvement&quot;. Kaizen strategy calls for never-ending efforts for improvement involving everyone in the organization – managers and workers alike. <br />
  3. 3. The Term Kaizen<br />is a Japanese word adopted into English referring to a philosophy or practices focusing on continuous improvement in manufacturing activities, business activities in general, and even life in general, depending on interpretation and usage. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen typically refers to activities that continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers.[People at all levels of an organization can participate in kaizen, from the CEO down, as well as external stakeholders when applicable. The format for kaizen can be individual, suggestion system, small group, or large group. <br />
  4. 4. The cycle of kaizen activity can be defined as:<br />Standardize an operation<br />Measure the standardized operation (find cycle time and amount of in-process inventory)<br />Gauge measurements against requirements<br />Innovate to meet requirements and increase productivity<br />Standardize the new, improved operations<br />Continue cycle ad infinitum<br />
  5. 5. The five main elements of kaizen<br />Teamwork<br />Personal discipline<br />Improved morale<br />Quality circles<br />Suggestions for improvement<br />
  6. 6. Kaizen and Management<br />Management has two major components:<br />maintenance, and<br />Improvement  <br />improvement. <br />The objective of the maintenance function is to maintain current technological, managerial, and operating standards. The improvement function is aimed at improving current standards.<br />
  7. 7. Maintenance components<br />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.<br />
  8. 8. Improvement components<br />Under the improvement function, management works continuously towards revising the current standards, once they have been mastered, and establishing higher ones. Improvement can be broken down between innovation and Kaizen. Innovation involves a drastic improvement in the existing process and requires large investments. Kaizen signifies small improvements as a result of coordinated continuous efforts by all employees.<br />

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