Kaizen for Continuous Improvement


This course teaches you to:

i. Understand the concepts and implementation of Kaizen.
ii. Have a working knowledge of the 3 legs supporting continuous improvement.
iii. Enhance their awareness of wastes reduction.
iv. Increase employee participation in problem-solving.
v. Use Kaizen to support tangible improvement and link to Value Stream Mapping.


Who Should Attend

This programme will benefit all managers, engineers, supervisors, officers, leaders, and those who wish to improve their understanding and skills in relation to the application of continuous
improvement in their organisations.


Course Description

The Kaizen journey begins down the road to improvement, a road that is sometimes bumpy and sometimes a superhighway. It is a road that never ends. It is never dull or unchallenging. It is exciting, enlightening and most of all fun! It’s a chance to do things in ways that are new to many people. It’s a chance for everyone to be recognized, to contribute and to excel.

In the past one of the complaints heard universally throughout companies is that “No one ever listens to me when I try to tell them how to fix something.” Or “Management thinks we’re all a bunch of dummies, and aren’t smart enough to make good decisions.” Can it be any wonder that workers aren’t too eager to submit improvement suggestions when they know they will never be implemented? Kaizen changes the paradigms of management to solicit contributions and suggestions and to implement them while the enthusiasm is high and the critiques haven’t had time to object.



2 Days


Course Outline

Introduction to Kaizen • A look at Kaizen: introduction and concept

• 2 elements of Kaizen

• Implementation benefits

• The 3 supporting “legs” of Kaizen: Waste reduction, 5S, Standardisation

LEG 1: Waste Reduction and the Just In Time System • Introduction

• How do you practise JIT

• The 7 wastes

• Visible control

• The application in organisation

LEG 2: 5S • Why 5S and what is it

• The benefits of 5S implementation

• The 5 elements of 5S

• Tools for managing 5S

LEG 3: Standardisation • Introduction: What is Standardisation?

• Key Features

• Case Study

Employee involvement: Improvement and Problem Solving • Types of involvement

• Suggestion programmes & QCC

• What is QCC?

• What is Stopping Employees from participating actively

• Concept of Empowerment

Kaizen Case Sample • Supporting Value Stream Mapping