Kaizen events are team efforts requiring participants to perform certain roles. Thus, a key part of kaizen event planning is assigning roles for the kaizen event. In this article we introduce a a few common key kaizen event roles and requirements necessary to ensure a successful kaizen event.
Sorting is a powerful part of the lean 5S process. Sorting is also one of the most misunderstood of the 5S steps. Sorting empowers continuous improvement by eliminating items from work areas lacking use or value. Sorting can improve safety, workflow, and throughput.
The tools of lean, six sigma and other improvement methodologies are vital for continuous improvement. However, if you can’t inspire, motivate, and lead others, then it’s useless to be excellent at value stream mapping or design of experiments. Follow these 10 commandments of lean to keep your team aligned and on your lean journey.