The key points from this module are:
Kaizen events are small or big improvement projects with a directed aim for specific improvement. Normally they are 7-15 days long events facilitated by a leader with the implementation team being mainly the members of a specific area in which the Kaizen event is being conducted. Also, the team can include a few more people from supporting departments and from management.
The focus of Kaizen events depends on management priorities. However, Kaizen events can also focus on specific Lean methodologies, for example, the 5S Workplace Kaizen.
Successful implementation of Kaizen Event can yield breakthrough improvements, normal events result in twenty to hundred percentage improvements in areas for instance quality, delivery, productivity etc. Kaizen events should also be implemented in departments other than production, as it is not Gemba Kaizen only.
The focus, objective, and expected target of the Kaizen event should be explicitly defined in planning. Planning items for Kaizen event includes top management commitment and understand, Proficiency of Kaizen facilitator, specification of responsibilities, timelines for an event etc.
It is important to hire a Proficient Facilitator or also top management can get an internal employee trained for Lean methodologies and Kaizen to be a facilitator.
Within planning, the management and facilitator should define the scope of the event. The scope includes physical boundaries, departments and areas, the theme of the event etc.
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