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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Continuous Improvement is about Small Daily Changes

Continuous improvement is about small changes on a daily basis to make your job easier.  Many organization start with more formal kaizen events to create energy around changing the culture and making dramatic changes.  While there is always a place for these types of events Kaizen means change for the better. which implies continuous.  Kaizen calls for never-ending efforts for improvement involving everyone in the organization - managers and workers alike.  In a previous post I talked about Lean improvement the FastCap way which demonstrates this idea well.

I have found in many improvement activities especially working for a high tech manufacturer that people want to jump to some sort of technological or computerized solution.  While I am not against that I prefer to keep things simple.  I like to try things manually to prove out the concept first.  It helps with the learning process of solving a problems and it can be implemented immediately.  A recent video from FastCap's YouTube Channel shows how small simple improvements can make a big impact.

As Paul Akers, the founder of FastCap, says at the end of the video:
"That is stopping the struggle, what bugs you, and elminating waste.  Kaizen style at FastCap. That's thinking Lean."

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1 comment:

  1. Simple but effective. I love it! Those are the really cool examples of people thinking about their process.