Kaizen-event

Implementations of a Kaize-event

The purpose of a Kaizen-event is to solve a specific problem or optimize selected workflows in a very short time. A Kaizen-event is therefore carried out in an intense process, in four stages of a total of 3-4 weeks with preliminary study, preparation, implementation and follow-up.

1. Implementation of preliminary study

• Frames are defined, including problem schedule and participants

• Detailed mapping and analysis

• Problem formulation and goals are defined

2. Preparation for the kaizen event

• Training in basic improvement tools, including 5xWHY, Pareto analysis and fishbone chart

• Review of the framework for the Kaizen-event, including problem formulation and roles

3. Implementation of the kaizen event

• Presentation of goals, plan, roles, method and problem-solving tools

• Brainstorming on waste and problems

• Problem analysis (5x why, Pareto and fish leg chart)

• Setting up and testing solutions

• Plan for implementation and follow-up

• Documentation of results and plans

4. Follow-up

• Implementation of improvements

•Coach managers/staff and complete “hand-over” to business as usual

• Measure impacts and benefits

• Maintaining improvements

Kaizen Blitz-event

Implementations of a Kaize Blitz-event

As a variant to a full Kaizen-event, a Kaizen Blitz-event is a rapid improvement workshop designed to solve a specific problem or optimize selected workflows rapidly.

 

A Kaizen Blitz-event is therefore carried out in an intense and short process, in three stages of a total of 2 days with

Preparation, The Blitz-event and Follow-up.

1. Preparation (Day 1)

• Identify a senior management sponsor

• Define the improvements required and scope of the problem/process

• Gather available data and process information that will need to be available

• Select and brief the Blitz team

2. The Blitz-event (Day 2)

• Presentation of goals, plan, roles, method and problem-solving tools

• Process mapping and walk-through

• Brainstorming on waste and problems

• Problem analysis (5 x why, Pareto and fish leg chart)

• Setting up and testing solutions

• Plan for implementation and follow-up

• Documentation of results and plans

3. How to implement and follow-up (Day 2)

• Implementation of improvements

• Measure impacts and benefits

• Maintaining improvements

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