Kaizen Prerequisites

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Kaizen Prerequisites
Sylvia Grant, Consultant, Australia

I believe self-discipline is a mandatory prerequisite before one can hope to achieve success with Kaizen, just as it is in martial arts. The focus and 'stillness' of thought required in martial arts helps with the implementation of Kaizen. What is your opinion?

Stillness of Thought as a Prerequisite for Kaizen
Gary Disley, Teacher, Australia
Yes Sylvia, clear thinking and the ability to focus is more critical important in times of rapid change just as it is in martial arts..
Although in these times of constant change it might be a mistake to focus everything in one direction without providing strategies to continue to improve operational agility and flexibility to help navigate projects.
When you cite "stillness of thought" are you talking about 'reflection learning' or simply 'reinforce focus'?

Preparing for Kaizen | Kaizen Prerequisites
Ramiro Molina, Consultant, Colombia
Here are a few more prerequisites which should be performed before starting a Kaizen event:
- The process is selected
- The Kaizen leader is selected.
- At least a SIPOC and a CSVSM have been made, and data of the current performance of the process has been gathered.
- Do an stakeholder analysis, with clear expectations from them.
All these are to be done before actually running the Kaizen event.

Kaizen Prerequisites | Preparing for Kaizen
kevin_nin, Director, China
Anything that will be carried out must come from a decision-making layer that has the determination and desire to make the Kaizen event work, and gives powerful support to the team.


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