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The event is unquestionably the more gratifying and action-filled portion of the kaizen process and is markedly different from pre-planning and follow-through (not unlike the distinction between eating dinner and the less glamorous, but necessary, tasks of food preparation and cleanup). That said, the event is much more than the industrial legend of adrenaline-fueled teams executing some sort of mystical plan-do-check-act (PDCA) exercise. Indeed, there is, as in any stable and repeatable process, standard work, inclusive of it’s own takt time, work sequence and, to a lesser extent, standard work in process. The event is framed between a formal kick-off meeting and report-out (also known as the final presentation). Seven steps comprise the kaizen event sequence: kick-off meeting, pre-event timing, kaizen storyline, team leader meeting, kaizen work strategy, report out, and recognition.
By Philip D Rufe, CMfgE
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