A Kaizen Event is a chartered, sponsored and facilitated workshop that focuses a dedicated team on an under-performing process or function.
Kaizen Events achieve significant results in a short period of time while engaging the organization in hands-on learning. The format utilizes a time-bounded (usually 3 to 5 days) approach to problem solving that minimizes waste and maximizes productivity. Lean techniques commonly utilized include: value stream mapping, hand-off and RACI charting, brainstorming, modified affinity diagramming, and impact / difficulty matrices, among others.
Since value is best understood where it is created, workshop participants should be a cross-functional team of individuals who are directly involved in or close to the process. This ensures content expertise and a view upstream and downstream, from internal and external customers.
When all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. Kaizen Events are a powerful implementation tool. However, their use must be balanced and integrated into an approach that provides the structure and cadence necessary for process changes to be sustainable. We can help you determine if this approach is the right one for your specific challenge.