What exactly is Kaizen? In Japanese, KAI means change and Zen means improvement. The two words come together to form the word KAIZEN, which means continuous development or change for the better. In other words, KAIZENadopts continuous development and progress in our social and business life as a philosophy. Kaizen was developed to address mistakes in the Toyota as a response to American productivity advisers coming to the country after World War II. It was later brought to the west in 1986 by Masaaki Imai to become a popular book named Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success .
Principles of Kaizen
- Stop assuming
- Be proactive in problem solving.
- Accept the ongoing order.
- Be open to change by giving up perfectionism
- Be solution-oriented in the event of errors
- Don’t accept the problem directly, and ask why
- Consult the opinions of different people.
- Use creativity for growth, even if it is small.
- Take a stand for progress and development.
How Kaizen Works ?
Kaizen is based on the belief that everything can be improved and that nothing remains stable. Kaizen involves identifying problems and opportunities, generating solutions and uncovering them, and then reviewing issues or problems that are not fully finalized and missing.
1. List the problems you need to deal with and look for possible opportunities. In this step it is important to recognize the problems and make them into small lists.
2. Try to support your list of problems with possible solutions. Create an idea with the solutions that come to mind and determine the required time management. You can get support from this article.
3. Take small steps to pilot the solution
4. Measure with different intervals to determine how progress varies with variables
5. If your studies produce positive results, adopt your practice and move to the solution of the general problem.
6. Repeat these steps for the new problems and minor tests you listed.