Quick and Easy
Kaizen, or Mini Kaizen, is aimed at
worker satisfaction, all from a very grassroots level.
Every company employee is encouraged to come up
ideas – however
small – that could improve his/her particular job activity, job environment
or any company process for that matter. The employees are also encouraged to
implement their ideas as small changes can be done by the worker him or
herself with very little investment of time.
Quick and easy Kaizen helps eliminate or reduce
wastes, promotes personal
growth of employees and the company, provides guidance for employees, and
serves as a barometer of leadership. Each kaizen may be small, but the
cumulative effect is tremendous.
Quick and easy Kaizen
empowers employees, enriches the work
experience and brings out the best in every person. It improves quality,
safety, cost structures, delivery, environments, throughput and
Kaizen Strategy: 7 Conditions for Successful
The quick and easy kaizen process works as
The employee identifies a problem, waste,
or an opportunity for improvement and writes it down.
The employee develops an improvement idea
and discusses it with his or her supervisor.
The supervisor reviews the idea within 24
hours and encourages immediate action.
The employee implements the idea. If a
larger improvement idea is approved, the employee should take leadership
to implement the idea.
The idea is written up on a simple form in
less than three minutes.
Supervisor posts the form to share with and
stimulate others and recognizes the accomplishment.
Three Key Characteristics
changes. Change the method. Once the change is made, you
can’t go back to the old way of doing things.
Continuous flow of small ideas. The smaller ideas, the
better. Kaizen is small ideas.
Innovation takes time and is costly to implement,
but kaizen is just day-to-day small improvements that when added
together represent both enormous savings for the company and
enormous self-esteem for the worker.
Immediate local implementation. Be realistic. Kaizen is done
within realist or practical constraints.
Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan