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Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation by Chris A. Ortiz

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1. Kaizen and Kaizen Events

When companies make the decision to embark on a lean journey, they frequently have a few misconceptions about the endeavor. First of all, some believe that lean is a program with definable starting and ending criteria. In addition, this “program” is supposed to have clear direction and paths that dictate what to do and when to do it. If lean is incorporated with this mind-set, the chances of failure are very high. The concepts of lean and kaizen are incorporated into business in a manner that is right for the company. If I compared how each of my clients has adopted lean, I would find one definable similarity: They started. Once a lean journey begins, who knows where it will go? In lean, there is no fixed path or ...

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