A kaizen event, held by The Improve Group , is where specific individuals gather to quickly implement lean tools so as to eliminate waste and non-value added work.
Such events include a Quick and Easy kaizen. During this event, each employee is encouraged to come up with 1 idea every day to improve his/her job or environment or to benefit the company as a whole. Another kaizen event is a 30/30 kaizen or kaizen circle, a 1 hour event where 30 minutes is allowed to find 30 improvement opportunities. Another 30 minutes is allowed to implement one change.Longer kaizen events can take place over 1/2 to 5 days. These event generally require 2-3 weeks of planning and 3-4 weeks of follow up.The goal of holding a kaizen event is to change so much in a short time that it is impossible to go back to the old way of doing things.
For more information on Kaizen events, and ways to implement lean tools in order to eliminate waste and non-value added work, visit The Improve Group.