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A 5 day Kaizen Event for rapid improvement

Focus on optimizing a single operation, product or process

Holding a Kaizen Event

A Kaizen Event is a process that takes a cross functional team and challenges them to determine a better way to perform a specfic operation.

What is a Kaizen Event

A Kaizen Event is an opportunity to focus a small, cross functional team on a specific process, work center, cell, or product and seek to identify and remove all waste and error.

Cross Functional Problem Solving
Culture change for improvement
Engage your workforce in Problem Solving

What can be discovered with a Kaizen Event?

Over time, every undocumented process develops a life of it's own and it grows.  The growth is driven by need, weakness, demand and preferences.  

Lean Manufacturing is the term used to express the concept of applying Six Sigma methods to a manufacturing environment with the goal of fine tuning processes, eliminating waste, reducing cost, and eliminating errors.  A Kaizen Event is focused "Improvement" event.

A Kaizen Event brings a cross functional team with a variety of experiences into analyzing one specific operation or process.  The group looks at the as is, analyzes the issues, risks and waste, and works together to make quick win improvements.  

As they rediscover the process, the team may identify issues that will require more extensive effort to correct.  The result is you get quick wins and a target list for additional projects.  How you follow up with the will determine the real value.  This is all done with daily executive briefings that both encourage the team and provide a sanity check to keep them focused.  

Mercury Marine discovered a process that highlights the need and value of Kaizen Events.

Here is a wonderful video that explains the Lean journey that Mercury Marine started with. The first two minutes explain their project while the remaining 5:48 show what they learned about their manufacturing by looking at the process.

4 miles and 106 people

Here is a wonderful video that explains the Lean journey that Mercury Marine started with. The first two minutes explain their project while the remaining 5:48 show what they learned about their manufacturing by looking at the process.

You’ll watch the voyage the lower assembly makes through their world with 122 steps of which only 27 are actually production, almost 4 miles of travel, 1,496 hours and a touch by 106 people.  How can you make money doing that?