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Happy New Year 2012!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!

I decided I’m going to listen to the comments from some of my friends about my approach to this new site and make it a little more personal. There are already quite a few Lean and Kaizen sites and blogs out there, but I want to make sure everyone knows my niche.

I developed this site based on what I perceive as a need for Kazen event support. I know there are thousands of people out there looking for as much help as they can get and often have trouble finding information, documents, or whatever. I remember a time in my career where I too needed help, and because the companies I worked for weren’t too keen on the idea of paying for travel and classes, I had to learn most on my own. It was a rough start to say the least.

I envision this site being the primary authority on Kaizen events, and want to provide as much free information as possible. If you are in need of documents or presentations to support your cause, I see no reason to make you pay for that information. It helps you, it helps your organization, and hopefully helps the country. After all, isn’t the main purpose that organizations are moving towards Lean and Kaizen is to be able to compete in the global markets? In my opinion, Lean and Kaizen should be taught starting in high school, enforced in college, and made mandatory for any new hire training. In America, we continue to lose thousands of jobs to “low cost” countries, and we have a potential solution that still today only few leaders choose to utilize. Why is that?

I didn’t want this post to be a rant or politically charged, but I am passionate about Kaizen because I know how powerful it can be.

That being said, I now want to move on to the next phase of my post.

I am getting ready to put together a rolling schedule of Kaizen events for this year. Based on the activities and large projects we already have scheduled, plus my daily duties as a Manufacturing and Process Engineer, I figure I can lead 12 to 14 Kaizen events this year. That will be tough because it means one new event every 3 to 4 weeks… and the schedule isn’t yet complete. Because this site is so new, I doubt I’ll see many comments, if any, but I would like your take on how you go about scheduling your events?  And how your organization decides between Kaizen, project, or 6-Sigma?

Again, if this is your first visit to my site, welcome! And feel free to make any suggestions.

Here’s to a great, productive, and profitable 2012 for all of us!

All best!

Dave

 

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