Kaizen initial education & training
Primary purposes of initial education & training
- Create a culture of a blameless shared mission to root out and eliminate waste - wherever it is found
- Familiarize the initial Kaizen Team(s) and the most influential people in the company with the tools and concepts that will be used for process improvement
- Learn and practice some of the fundamental techniques, such as:
- Building a cohesive team - rather than just a group of individuals
- Some knowledge-building exercises might double as team-building exercises
- Process experts gain respect & appreciation for the contributions of process outsiders, and vice versa
Typical initial training program
An experienced outside Facilitator leads:
- Initial training for Executives and the founding members of the Kaizen Facilitators
with exercises to establish management policies regarding:
- Empowerment Boundaries
- Kaizen project selection policies & habits
- Kaizen Mandate request and approval policies
Tip: Use the Systems2win Kaizen Training PowerPoint template as a starting point to create your own personalized training presentations - for a much more professional presentation - and a lot faster preparation time!
- Training for the initial Kaizen Team(s) - which consists of almost the identical content that the Executives learned
- Do it. Conduct the first Kaizen.
- Gradually wean from the outside Facilitator - with in-house Facilitators
assuming as much responsibility as they can as soon as they can - but not
hesitating to bring in the outside Facilitator over a period of many years
- Help overcome the inevitable challenges that threaten the success of the program (which almost always involve people issues more than technical issues)
- Continually "raise the bar". What was considered excellent last year probably isn't good enough this year. By definition - continuous improvement is continuous.
Choosing a Kaizen consultant
If you don't already have a trusted Kaizen consultant, you can contact Systems2win to find a consultant that is familiar with the many Systems2win templates and systems for Continuous Improvement.
Use Your Tools
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