Kaizen Blitz: Significantly Improving Performance in a Week or Less

Researcher:
Larry Swanson
President of Manufacturing
World Competition Consultants
136 Danforth Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043
Tel: (931) 216-9630
Email: larryswan3@gmail.com
Website: www.wcconsultants.com

Summary

Owners and managers are constantly searching for production improvement applications. A Kaizen Event, when properly planned, coordinated, and executed, can increase performance, with little or no capital expense, in seven significant ways:

  1. Increased productivity;
  2. Reduced inventory;
  3. Lower setup times;
  4. Less waste;
  5. Space use reductions;
  6. Quality improvement; and/or
  7. Order-to-delivery time improvement.

To attain improved performance, management must commit to and support the outcome of an event, which is loosely described as the application of Lean using a prescribed methodology in a concentrated area of operations in a short period of time. That methodology is described in this report and includes steps to successfully managing a Kaizen Blitz, a quick review of Lean concepts, a sample time schedule for an event, sample forms for use in conducting an event, and finally, a review of the pilot event in a case study format.