Kaizen is a Japanese word that loosely translates to ‘change for the good.’ So, kaizen simply means to make improvements to a process.
Forms of kaizen
A week-long kaizen event.
Also known as kaizen blitz, rapid improvement process, or continuous improvement workshop. This is what people traditionally think of when they hear the term kaizen. These events use a lot of resources and tend to yield big gains.
Daily improvement kaizen.
This form of kaizen is the ‘do it now’ approach to using kaizen to make improvements. These are the ‘quick fix’ tasks that usually don’t take very long to complete.