After years of performing Kaizen events based on someone else’s theories about how an event should be performed, I decided to start my own site to show you how to lead a Kaizen event the REAL way. One of the things that always surprised me was that management often wanted to bring in consultants to lead the effort. It was their way of saying “We just don’t have the knowledge to do this ourselves.” So I witnessed, and on almost every single occasion, an “expert” walk in, present an extensive and pretty group of slides about Kaizen and Lean, maybe show up for a scheduled event with no knowledge of our processes, leave, and then bill us thousands of dollars! What!??
I designed this site, write my blogs and my soon-to-come eBooks based on real world and real factory issues. It drives me nuts every time I hear a consultant come in to my factory and tell me we must shut down production to perform a Kaizen event the right way. Well, sure, in a perfect world. But good luck presenting that idea to your GM! Kaizen events can be performed in any time frame you want. I have accomplished complete events in as little as 4 hours, while others have gone an entire work week. It all depends on what you need to accomplish. Is it an office event or a factory event? Is it a larger, well-known process full of waste? Or a small work station that is out of whack? Do not let anyone tell you you cannot do this yourself. And certainly don’t spend thousands of dollars on consultants without at least trying my methods first.
I have built this site to let you know that when it comes to Kaizen, you can DO IT YOURSELF, save your company thousands of dollars in the process, and become a hero to everyone on your team. This is not rocket science. It is not theoretical material that requires a Ph.D in Physics to understand. The tools you will use to lead a Kaizen event are the same tools you probably use everyday, like Microsoft Powerpoint, Word, and Excel. When it comes to mapping your processes, you can do it manually using sticky notes or a dry-erase board. These tools are simple, fast, and easy to use. The hardest part of leading a Kaizen is the preparation and organization, because no matter what, things will always change from the original plan. The more prepared you are for these changes, the easier it will be to mitigate them when they happen.