The philosophy of kaizen, which simply means continuous improvement, needs to adopted by any organization seeking to implement lean improvements that go beyond cost cutting. Kaizen events are opportunities to make focused changes in the workplace. Kaizen for the Shopfloor takes readers through the critical steps for conducting a very effective kaizen event: one that is well planned, well implemented, and well documented. As the newest addition to the Shingo Prize Winning Shopfloor Series, Kaizen for the Shopfloordistills the complexities of jumpstarting lean processes into an easily accessible format for those frontline employees who make lean possible.
About the Shopfloor Series: Put proven improvement tools in the hands of your entire workforce!
Progressive shopfloor improvement techniques are imperative for manufacturers who want to stay competitive and to achieve world class excellence. And it's the comprehensive education of all shopfloor workers that ensures full participation and success when implementing new programs. The Shopfloor Series books make practical information accessible to everyone by presenting major concepts and tools in simple, clear language and at a reading level that has been adjusted for operators by skilled instructional designers. One main idea is presented every two to four pages so that the book can be picked up and put down easily. Each chapter begins with an overview and ends with a summary section. Helpful illustrations are used throughout.
Other topics in the Shopfloor Series: Kanban, 5S, Quick Changeover, Mistake-Proofing, Just-in-Time, TPM, Cellular Manufacturing
"Kaizen for the Shopfloordemonstrates that kaizen events involve more than paying some high-priced sensei to sprinkle pixie dust and make everything wonderful. It explains how change really happens. We will definitely use this book as pre-event reading material for participants and also as an outline and checklist in preparing and executing our kaizen events."
E.J.Sweeney , Lean Initiatives Manager, Labinal, June 2004
" Kaizen for the Shopfloor answers a lot of questions that people often ask before, during, and after a kaizen event and ensures you have the right tools to follow up afterward. As a trainer, I would recommend that each employee read this book to fully understand the kaizen and lean manufacturing process."
James Biando, Training and Kaizen Coordinator, Saint-Gobain, June 2004
Chapter 1: What is Kaizen?
Chapter 2: What Is a Kaizen Event and What Are the Key Roles for Success?
Chapter 3: Phase One: Planning and Preparation
Chapter 4: Phase Two: Implementation - The Event Itself
Chapter 5: Phase Three: Presentation, Celebration, and Follow-up
Chapter 6: Reflections and Conclusions