When you're just getting started on your continuous improvement journey, it's easy to get confused by the vast amount of improvement disciplines. Here I'm going to break down the basics of Kaizen for you.
According to wikipedia, Kaizen is "Chinese and Japanese for "change for better". When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain."
That's a good start - but here, we'll break it down for you. Keep reading to see the A-Z of "what is Kaizen."
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