Let’s review the word Kaizen. In Japanese, “kai” means change and “zen” means good. Used in the Toyota Production System, it is a Japanese business philosophy which means continuous improvements should be part of the business culture to be successful.
Small incremental continuous improvements will reap amazing results. Lifelong continuous education is a form of Kaizen. This should be practiced by everyone, but more so by those involved in both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, as they set the example.
Every professional, from doctors to technology specialists and every professional in between must keep learning and reaffirming what they have learned in order to stay competitive.
A professional dancer will practice the basics every day as part of his or her routine workout in order to earn their ease of movement. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt has to keep the use of the Six Sigma methodologies fresh and second nature.
In theory, you should be able to take the DMAIC template and use it on any issue regardless of the industry. Just plug in the pertinent data and start improving your business processes.
A Quick Review of DMAIC: Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control. This is the template used for improving processes or solving an issue within the processes.
Truth be told, the DMAIC template can be used to improve just about anything you need to fix, as long as you put in the correct data and work the template correctly. In order to be able to use Six Sigma methodologies and tools with ease, you must continuously reaffirm, review and work at it.
Continuous Six Sigma education is the key! We offer webinars, seminars, onsite classes, and online classes. The beauty of actually going on to a location class is the community and network it provides.
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