Definition: Kaizen is a Japanese continuous process improvement philosophy aiming for gradual, incremental improvement/change.
K assumes that every aspect of our life and business deserves to be constantly improved. The K philosophy lies behind many Japanese management concepts such as: Toyota Production System, Just-in-time, quality circles, as well as (Western) Lean Manufacturing and PDCA Cycle.
Key elements of Kaizen are:
- Teamwork
- Personal discipline
- Improved morale
- Quality Circles
- Suggestions for improvement
- The Five S framework
- Seven Wastes


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