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    Which improvement effort is defined as Kaizen, bringing the process back to standard from a poor process or taking the process to a better standard from current performance or both are kaizen? Please help.

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    Katie Barry
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    @shevic You can learn more about Kaizen here: Methodology > Kaizen > https://www.isixsigma.com/methodology/kaizen/

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    Kevin Clay
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    @shevic, The literal translation of Kaizen is: The word “Kai” means “to build” and “Zen” means “to Think”. The answer to your question is found in the translation. Kaizen is a philosophy of continuos improvement. Whether you are rebuilding the process (bringing it back to standard) or building a new and better process, you are always thinking of how to build.

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    Rudragouda Patil
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    Both are Kaizen.

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    Shabana Wollin
    Participant

    @shevic: Kaizen is a daily process that goes beyond just improvement in productivity. Kaizen when done correctly also tackles Muri (over burden of people)and helps people by teaching them how to recognize and eliminate waste.It heavily focuses around people involvement and participation to be successful.
    Kaizen is based on making changes anywhere that improvements can be made. The Kaizen philosophy is to “do it better, make it better, improve it even if it isn’t broken, because if we don’t, we can’t compete with those who do.”

    Hope this gives some clarity to your question. Good Luck!

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    Michael
    Participant

    The philosophical part of kaizen has been answered. The physical process could include what happens in many organizations including my own. Kaizen events are held when a problem is recognized within an area of business, and a small team is put together to brainstorm solutions and improve the problem. Teams should be cross-functional and from different areas including management as well as internal “customers” of the process.

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