2. The Company Kaizen Program

A company kaizen program acts as the organizational policy for lean and continuous improvement. Like any other operational policy, this program is in place to ensure that improvements are made and that management is behind the efforts. In the early stages of a lean manufacturing journey, companies are faced with a variety of challenges and obstacles that impede how effectively and quickly new lean processes are implemented.

Manufacturing engineers, as an example, have a collection of responsibilities that require them to deal with day-to-day problems, write procedures, update bills of materials, and train production personnel. Managers are even busier, as they have authority over multiple people, attend countless ...

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