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EPA's Lean and Environment Toolkit: The Three Phases of a Kaizen Event Mobile App

The EPA's Lean and Environment Toolkit: The Three Phases of a Kaizen Event mobile app offers a helpful set of guidelines for cross-functional teams. The app generates a checklist of steps to follow during each of the Kaizen event phases. Users can follow along using a smartphone or tablet and save the results once the process has been completed.

The Kaizen team app covers important steps to take for continuous improvement of the workplace, including eliminating waste, improving productivity, and achieving sustained continual improvement in targeted activities and processes of an organization. Once the event has ended, users can save the results electronically for their records.

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    Introduction

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    Kaizen means continual improvement and is taken from the Japanese words kai, meaning “to take apa...

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    Kaizen events, also known as rapid process improvement events, are a team activity designed to el...

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    The philosophy of kaizen is often is considered to be the “building block” of all Lean production...

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    Kaizen’s focus on moving rapidly from planning to implementation;

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    Kaizen’s focus on making continued progress rather than waiting to find the perfect solution;

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    Kaizen’s focus on worker involvement and team work;

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    Kaizen’s focus on addressing the root causes of problems; and

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    Kaizen’s focus on process improvement from a systems perspective.

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    The Three Phases of a Kaizen Event

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    Kaizen events typically require an organization to foster a culture where employees are empowered...

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    To prepare for a kaizen event, a target area and problem are selected.

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    Such areas might include: areas with substantial work-in-progress (WIP); an administrative proces...

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    A more specific “waste elimination” problem within that area is then chosen for the focus of the ...

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    Baseline information is collected for the process area and improvement targets and measures are e...

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    An event leader and a team are carefully selected and trained, making sure to tap a range of expe...

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    Implementation focuses on the actual kaizen event, lasting from two to five days, depending on th...

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    The facilitated events emphasize worker participation.

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    The first part of an event includes a kick-off and an assessment of the current state of the targ...

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    This part frequently involves process observation, data collection, and process mapping.

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    Team members are assigned specific roles for research and analysis.

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    As more information is gathered, team members add detail to value stream maps of the process and ...

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    The next part focuses on developing, selecting, implementing, and testing improvement ideas.

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    Team members identify and record all observed waste, by asking what the goal of the process is an...

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    Once non-value added activity is identified and measured, team members then brainstorm improvemen...

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    Ideas are often tested on the shop floor or in process mock-ups.

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    The most promising ideas are selected and implemented.

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    Wrap-up and follow-up activities ensure that the results of a kaizen event are communicated and s...

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