Kaizen is the process used for
continuous improvement events. The literal translation
is "excellent change." Abidian's professional staff
have facilitated hundreds of highly successful kaizen
improvement events in North America, Europe, and Asia.
In each case, at least one Key Performance Indicator was dramatically improved well beyond expectations and
historic performance levels!
A kaizen event will typically last 3 to 5
days, but can be as short as a day or even a few hours
depending on the relative experience level of the kaizen
team and the event scope. At least half the team and
the team leader should be from the area to be improved.
A hands-on, team-oriented, high involvement approach will be
used by the Abidian facilitator. In addition to
significantly improving at least one Key Performance Indicator (KPI),
the goal will be to define a
new set of standard work practices to help
ensure the improvement is sustained over the long term.
At the conclusion of the event, the kaizen
team will report out to their peers and leadership.
The kaizen approach is appropriate for and has been
successfully used in manufacturing, academic,
healthcare, education, financial, retail, service, government, and
events don't cost; they generate near-immediate savings and foster
improved teamwork and profitability. Studies indicate the
average hard dollar annual savings per event tend to be on the order
of $70,000. Our experience at Abidian has been much better
with several one-week kaizens improving profitability by millions of
dollars. The Abidian fee for facilitating a five day kaizen
will typically be a 1/10th (or less ... including domestic-48 travel)
of the realized annual savings.
for a detailed quote regarding your kaizen opportunity.