Kaizen is a method which leads to making good the present situation of a companies or an organization. It applies for making good the service. In different parts of the world, kaizen methods are following. The organizations which follow kaizen, they have gotten worldwide admire.
Kaizen philosophy reminds that “Be it our working life, our social life, or our home life, deserves to be constantly improved”
Kaizen Applying Companies: Followings are the company which follows the kaizen method. They are-
- Societe Generale
- National Australia Bank/Bank of New Zealand
- M. Rothschild
- Europcar Lease Services
- Commonwealth Bank
- Adelaide Bank
- George Bank
Food and Beverages Industry:
- Cadbury Schweppes
- Pernod Ricard
- Brown Forman
- Independent Hospitals of Australia
- Hospital General de Santo Antonio
- Calgary Laboratory Services
- Mayo Clinic
- Danbury General Hospital
- Owensboro Medical Health System
- Government of the United Arab Emirates
- Government of Mauritius
- Government of Kenya
- Government of India
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Sanofi Aventis
- Zydus Cadila
Good is never good enough, kaizen is a never-ending journey to excellence. The list is increasing day by day. Further update will be added in time. Try to follow kaizen for best change.
Kaizen is a familiar word to the Japanese. They are the inventor of this word. They implement the kaizen theory in their processing of products and they got the results. It is important for getting quality products.
Elements of Kaizen: Kaizen has two elements. There are two elements that construct KAIZEN:
- Improvement/Change for the better: Kaizen is use for change for good. It always improves the quality of the process. By this way, one can get the perfect products having fewer defects.
- Ongoing/Continuity/Maintenance: Kaizen is an ongoing process. One should continue this process until reach the goal.
Lacking one of those elements would not be considered KAIZEN.
Philosophy of Kaizen: The philosophy of Kaizen has kindled considerable interest among researchers because it increases productivity of the company and helps to produce high-quality products with minimum efforts. They are-
- Kaizen can be roughly translated from Japanese to mean “good change.”
- The philosophy behind kaizen is often credited to Dr. W. Edwards Deming.
- Deming was invited by Japanese industrial leaders and engineers to help rebuild Japan after World War II.
- He was honored for his contributions by Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.
- Kaizen, also known as continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.
- Kaizen can be applied to any kind of work, but it is perhaps best known for being used in lean manufacturing and lean programming.
- If a work environment practices kaizen, continuous improvement is the responsibility of every worker, not just a selected few.
Kaizen improves the condition of quality of the products by means of a group work where every class of employees of an industry is involved. This is the main difference from the western system of work. Kaizen change the face of Japan.
KAIZEN is a Japanese word. The meaning of kaizen is to take apart and change for good. Where, KAI means to take apart or to change and ZEN means for good. Masaaki Imai is known as the developer of kaizen. It is one of the important terms for making the work easier in a good manner.
Masaaki Imai said “If you learn only one word of Japanese, make it KAIZEN.”
- Kaizen originated in Japan in 1950
- First, it was been introduced and applied by Imai in 1986 to improve efficiency, productivity and competitiveness in Toyota.
Features of Kaizen: Kaizen is differing from the western method. Here, I have write some features of kaizen. They are-
- It is a planned and controlled change to achieve the next step in continual improvement.
- It moves you from the existing Current State toward the defined Future State you have established as your goal.
- Kaizen is a process of continuous incremental improvement.
- The “kaizen blitz” is a five-day continuous improvement activity focused on a very specific process.
- True Kaizen’s are typically done as a focused ‘blitz’: A point in time team effort rather than a gradual metamorphosis over time.
So, know more about kaizen process and make your work easy to done.