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  1. 1. Kaizen-small steps forward: a starter by Tom Curtis
  2. 2. Information Created by Tom Curtis August 2010 Blog: www.onimproving.blogspot.com Other presentation on www.slideshare.net Under Onimproving Email: ideamerchants@gmail.com
  3. 3. Any man may seek to lift his lot, If small improvement is daily sought.
  4. 4. Kaizen is improvement for the good. It seeks to be continuous and ongoing. It is usually small in nature and can often be accomplished at little or no financial cost. Ideally it is stabilized to create a new standard for operation in an activity or process. We can all kaizen in most aspects of our lives. These small improvements add up to larger accomplishments, free time, and create positive momentum. This slide set walks through some basics in getting started and avoiding trouble in kaizen. My hope is you will start looking for the opportunities around you and to begin to take action. Please enjoy! - Tom Curtis
  5. 5. Forward must one seek to go, If one is to continually grow.
  6. 6. Kaizen:the who, what, when, where, why, & how • Why-to improve on the current state of any activity or process • Who-anyone, ideally those who are closest to or most familiar with the process aspect (everyone is close to something) • What-opportunity identification, solution development, implementation, and new standard documentation and training • How-begin looking for opportunities, ask "How can x be made better?" or in fixing problems faced each day • When-always, can be an all the time thing, work, home, and play • Where-any place a process or activity is happening, all aspects of life
  7. 7. Improvement, step by step, is momentum forward kept.
  8. 8. Kaizen: the process Identify an Find or develop Begin to look opportunity a solution Plan the Execute the Integrate into implementation plan the standard
  9. 9. Eyes will opportunity better see, If we them through practice free.
  10. 10. Kaizen: ways to see opportunities • Walk the process • Note items of bother or issue • Observe through watching • Use fishbone diagrams and 5 why's • Review or create standards • Solicit input from stakeholders • Map the activity or process
  11. 11. In nearly every area of life, Is opportunity to improve rife.
  12. 12. Kaizen: potential pitfalls • Poor standard integration • Lack of group buy in • Faulty execution of plan • Distraction from most important • Unintended consequences in quality or safety • Stagnation in process, due to motivation, resources, or skill
  13. 13. In even the small, must man stand tall.