Kaizen Event

Definition of Kaizen Event:

Any action whose output is intended to be an improvement to an existing process.

Kaizen events are commonly refered to as a tool that:

  1. Gathers operators, managers, and owners of a process in one place
  2. Maps the existing process (using a deployment flowchart, in most cases)
  3. Improves on the existing process
  4. Solicits buy-in from all parties related to the process

Kaizen events are an extremely efficient way to quickly improve a process with a low Sigma score. Kaizen events are also useful for convincing organizations new to Six Sigma of the methodology’s value.

The true intent of a Kaizen event is to hold small events attended by the owners and operators of a process to make improvements to that process which are within the scope of the process participants.

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