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5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology

Peter Landau
Publication date:
September 12, 2019
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5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology

Kaizen means improvement, but more than just that, it means continual improvement. Masaaki Imai codified the idea in his book, Kaizen: the Key to Japan's Competitive Success, and it has since been used in healthcare, psychotherapy, government, banking and even life coaching. The kaizen methodology works at constant improvements through the elimination of waste and is part of The Toyota Way, which is a set of principles that support the company's management approach to production. The five principles of kaizen are knowledge of who your selling a product or service to, identify your customer's interests, and create value.
The most important details in this text are the four principles of kaizen: Let It Flow, Go to Gemba, Empower People, and Be Transparent. Let It Flow refers to the target of achieving zero waste, while Gemba is about leadership and knowing what is happening at every level of the organization. Empower People is about setting goals that are not contradictory, while Be Transparent is about tracking performance and improvements with real data. Kaizen in Action is all about organizing, so that the focus is always on improvement and its target are every part of the organization, and that consistent application of the kaizen action plan leads to continuous improvements.
Kaizen is a Japanese approach to improving an organization that involves team collaboration and total involvement from everyone. It is outlined by the acronym PDCA, which stands for plan, do, check, act. The idea of always making small improvements is similar to lean manufacturing, especially with the emphasis of eliminating waste. is a dynamic and nimble software that cashes the check that kaizen writes. It provides Kanban Boards to track progress, which are an elegant system of columns and cards that can be assigned to specific team members or a whole group. As teams update their status, the information is instantly reflected across the software.


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Peter Landau
5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology
September 12, 2019
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