Kaizen Events

Course Summary

Kaizen Events are focused, intense and short-term projects in which a cross-functional team makes rapid improvements in a short period of time.

Event Details

24 hours
Available on-site at your organization.


Kaizen Events (also known as Kaikaku, Kaizen Blitz, Kaizen Burst, Gemba Kaizen) are focused, intense and short-term projects in which a cross-functional team makes rapid improvements in a short period of time. Kaizen Events normally takes 3 to 10 days and the intensity and urgency overcomes the intellectual resistance to a new paradigm as people have little time to think of reasons for delay. It is common to completely re-engineer a process in a Kaizen Event week.

Kaizen Event benefits include:

  • Streamlined processes
  • Reduced waste and/or non-value add activities
  • Reduced cycle time
  • Reduced cost of operations
  • Removes bottlenecks
  • Improved throughput
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Improved productivity

Common Kaizen topics include:

  • 6S/Workplace Organization
  • Direct Observation
  • Process Improvement
  • Process Layout
  • Lean Office
  • NPI Process Optimization
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Set-up Reduction
  • Standard Work
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Supply Chain
  • Systems Inventory Control
  • Tool Crib Process – Root Cause Analysis
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Visual Factory
  • Work Environment

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for wide range of participants, including process owners, supervisors, managers, and leaders within an organization who will be responsible for process improvement initiatives. It is also appropriate for employees who are not confident about continuous improvement and will help build their confidence to embark on other continuous improvement projects.

Learning Objectives

Participants in QSG’s Kaizen Events training program will learn:

  • How Process Charts streamline workflow
  • How to establish TAKT time, process time, and setup time.
  • How to determine the right people to include in initiatives
  • How to measure performance and use metrics
  • How to balance work for the people involved
  • How to design a Kanban system
  • 5-S and how to organize for productivity

Course Outline

Selecting The Process

  • Finding Process Families
  • Group Technology

Engineering The Process

  • Process Charting
  • Estimating Times

Defining Infrastructure

  • Scheduling
  • Information / Material Handling
  • Balancing The Work
  • Measuring Success (Metrics)

Layout of The Process

  • Cell Configurations
  • Layout Procedures

Organizing and Standardizing

  • 5-S Techniques
  • Using Standard Process Sheets




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