Kaizen Process Training Module Group

 

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Group Overview

Essentially, the kaizen process is simply a problem solving methodology.  Whether the improvement is an on the spot daily improvement, or a more formal week long kaizen blitz event (or rapid improvement workshop), the modules in this group walk you through the steps of making effective changes that stick.

This curriculum is comprehensive, and covers the entire kaizen process, including planning and follow-up. It is intended to be used to train project leaders who will be conducting kaizen events, but with minimal modification, can also be used to train project participants.

Please note that some of these modules are generic in nature, and others focus on either shop floor or office environments. 

Extended Listing of Modules in this Group

  • Kaizen Data Analysis Training Module

    The kaizen process requires thorough scrutiny of any data that is collected to provide the best opportunity to make lasting improvements. This module shows kaizen teams how to turn raw data into actionable information.

  • Kaizen Planning and Chartering Training Module

    Regardless of the size of your kaizen project, the foundation for success is laid during the project planning phase. Included in this class is selecting a kaizen project, planning, and creating a charter.

  • Kaizen Process Overview Module Page

    The kaizen process closely mirrors the DMAIC cycle from Six Sigma. This module shows kaizen as a methodical process for solving problems in a work area, and gives an overview of the steps of the kaizen process.

  • Kaizen Process Walk (Office) Training Module

    A process walk is a thorough review of the work being improved to establish the baseline “before” conditions and gain a more thorough understanding of the operation. This class covers some of the nuances of observing processes in an office environment.

    This module covers how to determine data needs for a kaizen, how to identify what data needs to be collected in advance, and how to do a process walk during a kaizen.

  • Kaizen Sustaining Gains Training Module

    Making gains is only half of the kaizen process. Making them stick is the hard part. This module shows you the pitfalls to watch out for, and what to do to prevent them.

  • Kaizen-Making Improvements (Office) Training Module

    After all the data in a kaizen is collected and analyzed, it is time to make improvements. This module shows kaizen teams how to act upon the information they have collected.

Planned Modules for this Group

Kaizen Process Walk / Measure (Shop Floor Version)

A process walk is a thorough review of the work being improved to establish the baseline “before” conditions and gain a more thorough understanding of the operation.

This module covers how to determine data needs for a kaizen, how to identify what data needs to be collected in advance, and how to do a process walk during a kaizen.


Kaizen Data Analysis

After taking measurements, kaizen teams must process the data they have into useful, actionable information.

This module covers data analysis including segmentation, Pareto charts, statistical significance, and correlation and causation. It also addresses linking data to process steps to prepare to make improvements.


Making Improvements with Kaizen (Office Version)

The improvement phase of a kaizen project is where the rubber meets the road. In this critical phase, the team decides which tools to use and then makes the changes.

This class covers the improvement process & turning data and process observations into positive changes in the workplace.


Making Improvements with Kaizen (Shop Floor Version)

The improvement phase of a kaizen project is where the rubber meets the road. In this critical phase, the team decides which tools to use and then makes the changes.

This class covers the improvement process & turning data and process observations into positive changes in the workplace.


Sustaining Gains from Kaizen

One of the most important, but most neglected, parts of any improvement project is locking in the gains. Sustaining the improvements from kaizen activity does not happen by accident. It is critical to create a plan to keep from slipping backwards.

This module covers methods to prevent backsliding and keep the gains made in a kaizen. It also discusses the creation of an audit plan and developing metrics to track progress.

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