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Kaizen Activity Learning Track

Kaizen Activity Learning Track

4 Seasons

Kaizen, loosely translated, means change for the better. That would include daily improvements, small projects, kaizen events, and major changes.

This series primarily covers kaizen events. Keep in mind that successful kaizen events will require leadership, problem solving, Lean tools, and more. In the interest of keeping focus, we've left those topics out of this series and presume you will look at other learning tracks for more information.

And speaking of more information, there is a wealth of content available at If you register on the site, you can get many of those materials for free.

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Kaizen Activity Learning Track
  • Waste Identification (Legacy Module Video)

    Episode 1

    Identifying waste is a core skill for a person in a Lean organization. This video helps people learn to structure their review of a process by breaking the waste down into seven categories. For most people, it is easier to recognize waste when it is looked at in this manner.

  • 7 Wastes (Audio Term)

    Episode 2

  • 15 Sounds that Shout Waste (Audio Article)

    Episode 3

    This is an audio article. It is based on an article from our Continuous Improvement Companion reference guide. No video content accompanies this audio program.

  • CLOSED MITT (Audio Term)

    Episode 4

  • Follow Your Process to Prevent Chaos

    Episode 5

    Deviating from a set process can create a ripple effect of chaos up and downstream.

  • How To Create A Decision Matrix

    Episode 6

    This video is based on the free decision matrix we offer to our newsletter subscribers, but shows the general principles of turning gut-feel decisions into more quantitative ones.

    It does this primarily by breaking bigger decisions into smaller ones and weighting those factors based on importa...

  • Kaizen Event (Audio Term)

    Episode 7

  • 8 Things To Avoid to Make Your Kaizen More Successful

    Episode 8

    Knowing what to do is part of the battle. Knowing what NOT to do is another big part. This recorded webinar features Tim McMahon and Jeff Hajek.

  • Kaizen Problem Statement

    Episode 9

    An effective problem statement for your kaizen will keep you focused. It will also help you 'sell' the need for the project to acquire resources.

  • Kaizen Team Selection

    Episode 10

    Selecting the right team will increase you kaizen event's chance for success.

  • How Important Is It to Report Cost Savings for Every Kaizen Project?

    Episode 11

    We know it is important to track facts and data in Lean. But how important is it to immediately report the cost savings that come from every single individual kaizen project?