Gemba Kaizen is the philosophy of small incremental improvements every day, every week, and every month. It all adds up to significant benefits at the end of the year, but are we patient enough? Gemba in Japanese means “Real Place”, which is where products are produced and where customers meet service providers.
Kaizen means “continuous improvement” which is defined as small, incremental improvements, where if we spend any money it is minimal, and the improvement results are measured in hard cost savings, higher quality, and better productivity. There are three cornerstones that support the Gemba Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement.
Eliminate waste is based upon the seven wastes as defined by Taichi Ohno, the father of the Lean Philosophy, which was originally known as “Just in Time”.
Housekeeping is based upon the philosophy that order, organization, and cleanliness fosters pride and efficiency in the workplace.
Standardization is based upon repeatability and reproducibility of the best, easiest, and safest way to do a job or provide a service. Repeatability means that I will be consistent time after time and reproducibility means that the entire work group will be consistent time after time. To drive small incremental improvements every day, every week, and every month is best accomplished following a simple four step cycle. This cycle, often referred to as PDCA, was originated by Walter Shewhart and promoted in Japan by W. Edwards Deming. PDCA is the acronym for Plan, Do, Check, and Act.
The following is the continuous cycle.
It all adds up to significant benefits at the end of the year, but are we patient enough?
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