What is Kaizen?
Kai: To take apart
Zen: To make better
The term “Kaizen” roughly translates into “change for better”. A Kaizen Event is a cross-functional working session designed to be an intensive 1 to 3 day focus on one specific area. It is used to quickly implement process improvements with focused working team involvement. A Kaizen Event can be a stand-alone working session or may be scheduled as part of a larger project.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning”
- Benjamin Franklin
The PE&I office facilitates these events to accomplish the following objectives:
- Make concrete improvements to an existing process.
- Bring new problem-solving skills to individuals on the working team.
- Build enthusiasm by achieving results quickly.
- Develop ownership for the solution through involvement.
If your area is interested in discussing the benefits of holding a Kaizen event, please contact us a peiadmins [at] kent.edu">peiadmins [at] kent.edu.