It has been 30 years since Masaaki Imai wrote „Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success (McGraw Hill 1986)”, and the founding of Kaizen Institute. We believe that KAIZEN™ is one of the top economic innovations of the 20th century. Read more about our successful history>>
The week of November 17, Kaizen Institute led a very successful study tour across Japan, visiting organizations in the Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo areas. Eighteen physicians and healthcare executives from seven countries across four continents participated. Read the trip highlights>> as well as an interview with Christian Wolcott>>
IndiZEN has become one of India’s most important annual gatherings of professionals and experts in the KAIZEN® domain. Next year’s IndiZEN Congress will take place on 17-18 of February in Pune, India. Find more information about the congress here and follow our blog http://kaizeninstituteindia.wordpress.com
1ra Cumbre Internacional Kaizen Lean – Chile 2014
The “1ra Cumbre Internacional Kaizen Lean – Chile 2014” was held on November 4-5 in Santiago, Chile. Read the full story about the congress here.
XI International GEMBAKAIZEN® Congress
This year’s GEMBAKAIZEN Congress took place on October 21-22 in Wroclaw, Poland. It was already the 11th Congress. Read the full story about the congress here.
KAIZEN® 2.0 – Reflections and new tools for continuous improvement and innovation
On Monday, October 27, the annual “KAIZEN® 2.0 – Reflections and new tools for continuous improvement and innovation” congress was held in the grand setting of the MUSE of Trento in Italy. Read the full story about the Kaizen Institute Italy congress here.
On November 19, a group of 23 people from around the world visited a hospital in Japan through a Kaizen Institute organized Healthcare Tour. Please read the full story here and for additional information and inquiries please contact us.
Together with his wife and two Kaizen Institute consultants, Masaaki Imai visited the Hans Oetiker Production Plant in Endingen, Germany on October 17, 2014. Read the full story about Masaaki Imai’s visit here.
On Thursday 16th October 2014 Zehnder Group in Gränichen, Switzerland received a visit from one of the pioneers of modern business’ operational excellence, Masaaki Imai, founder of the Kaizen Institute. Read the full story about Massaki Imai visit here.
The KAIZEN® Public Tour – Kyushu 2014 in Japan on October 19-25, 2014 was a great success. Fourteen participants representing different industries from all over the world joined the tour. Read this full success story and find more about the different host company visits at our blog site.
A trip to discover KAIZEN® at its source in JAPAN – En Français!
From March 1st to 7th.
This tour is offered in French Language and is a perfect combination of site visits, networking with other Lean minded professionals, and leanring of Japanese management, methodologies, tools and culture. You will visit Toyota, Honda and more, and profit from a lecture by a professor with 25 years of working at a TOYOTA Supplier.
A superb quality and high demand tour for unmatched learning experiences!
November 16th (starting in Nagoya) through 22nd 2014 (ending in Tokyo)
This special tour includes hospitals as well as manufacturing and service company visits. Multiple lectures, training sessions and interactive discussions with Healthcare Specialists and consultants will enhance your learning experiences and practical implementation of the methodologies and tools.
For further information and registration please visit the Healthcare Tour page
Masaaki Imai in Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and Middle East.
Santiago, Chile; “1st International KAIZEN® Lean Summit – Chile 2014”
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, TBD
Don't miss - Seats are filling up! Next Public Tour not until 2015!
October 19th through 25th 2014 (Kyushu Region of Japan)
Learn from the originals. The visit to Toyota Kyushu and other Japanese first class companies will enhance your understanding of KAIZEN and Lean. The tour will offer a unique opportunity to witness the Japanese management practices through many company visits.
For further information and registration please visit our KAIZEN Tour page.
The partnership between Kaizen Institute India and Economic Times was a great success
The event was hosted on the 25th July by Economic Times, which is the highest circulated business daily in India. Kaizen Institute- India, were the knowledge partners for the event. We designed the program and our consultants lead various sessions and anchored specific panel discussions.
Over 150+ CEOs and senior business leaders from top businesses were in attendance.
We are glad to be able to keep inspiring companies achieving continuous improvement through the kaizen philosophy.
Gemba Academy just launched a batch of 37 new videos
Gemba Academy was a sponsor of the Lean Kanban North America conference in San Francisco last May. This conference is geared toward IT and software professionals.
Gemba Academy subscribers can now watch the videos of all key presentations at this conference.
The 36 presentations are divided into six groups:
- Lean Startups
- Lean Applied
- Evolving Product Management
- Managing Risk
- Beyond Budgeting
Check out these new presentations in the Events area of Gemba Live!
Kaizen Institute India and Economic Times announce the Economic Times Operational Excellence
The event is organized by Economic Times & Kaizen Institute will be acting as a knowledge partner for this event.
Indian economy is projected to become third largest in the coming decade and is seen as investment destination for various industries and sector including manufacturing, healthcare, jewellery and infrastructure. Needless to say, that while these sector continue outbound development, a crucial element of growth will be economies of scale and efficiency in the entire process chain. Given the scenario, the importance of operational excellence in pacing up nation's process cannot be undermined.
Economic Times Operational Excellence summit is an endeavor to bring various industry stakeholders together on single platform and discuss strategies and steps which will ensure today's dream turns into tomorrow's reality!
Fore more information take a look into the summit pdf
The Lean guru and Kaizen Institute Consulting Group founder will be giving a key note speech
The conference takes place between 14 and 15 August and will allow participants to be part of discussions, networking and get to know the beautiful country of Colombia.
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group Colombia hopes to see a full house and to exchange lean knowledge with all the participants.
Both Kaizen Institute Hungary and Spain improved their website with a fresh new design
With the new website improvements visitors have a better user experience due to the simpler and leaner look.
Spain website also offers a rich newsletter section with the great client projects and continuous improvement examples.
Your KAIZEN® Tour Lead Consultant - Danie Vermeulen
Danie Vermeulen has improved numerous companies, in multiple sectors, successfully implemening and sustaining KAIZEN® within their operations. Your learning experience will be enhanced, by receiving expert advice and coaching along your journey-step by step.
During October's Japan Benchmark tour Danie will guide participants through a learning journey based on the "see it to believe it" philosophy where everyone will have the opportunity to visit the Gemba where continuous improvement happens every day.
To lean more about the leading consultant take a look his bio summary.
The new website provides an improved user experience and facilitates event registrations
By migrating to the new website Kaizen Institute Portugal is able to provide visitors with:
- Kaizen Success Stories Listing grouped by sectors
- Kaizen Events listed by target group and results
- Kaizen News and Newsletter subscriptions
To learn more visit Kaizen Institute portugal website
Kaizen Institute just launched a lean related blog to share experiences and help readers achieve continuous improvement
In order to create and contribute to Lean and Continuous Improvement discussion, Kaizen Institute started a new blog which is open for discussion and used to share interesting articles related to the Kaizen philosophy.
Take look at our blog page and feel free to comment, follow us and contribute to the immense Kaizen world by sharing your experiences.
One of our most popular post is the relation between 5S Thinking and the White Gloves used in Japan
"If you want real change, your whole team has to see it and they have to see it together." Jeff Kaas President Kaas Tailored
Join participants from around the world for an exceptional ride and visit several world-class companies in Japan.
The partners of our Kaizen Tours are organizations which have achieved amazing improvements through the Kaizen philosophy and have been honored with awards of excellence.
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group CEO explains how to create a kaizen culture
Kaizen Institute Portugal is organizing an amazing Benchmark Tours
Immerse yourself over four days into the original Japanese thinking behind Lean and its successful application across a range of industries.
Kaizen Tour is a unique experience that brings practical results for companies that embrace this initiative. In order to fulfill visitors expectations.
Kaizen Tour is completely tailor made; it is possible to select four companies from a cross sector list.
The benchmark companies have been applying kaizen and welcome visitors to be a part on their continuous improvement efforts. The experienced Kaizen Institute Portugal team will guide participants through this 4 days lean learning journey.
It's also a great oportunitity to get to know Portugal and the Porto city which was considered to be one of the best european destinations.
A video demonstration on how to achieve a lean office
Through visual management and good practices it's possible to achieve a better working place with less MUDA and better performance.
Two new video productions just launched – short term window of time to obtain these for FREE
Our partner company Gemba Academy released a couple of new Online videos about Michael Lombard's recent webinar on "10 Lessons Learned from Practicing the Toyota Kata Approach" and a Lean Thinker Interview with Jim Huntzinger, where he discusses TWI.
These videos will be free for the next 30 days (or less), so be quick to grab them.
As many before, Kaizen Institute Germany went to the new website
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group in New Zealand shows how to do Kaizen
Indizen 2014 concluded with huge response
IndiZen "gives an opportunity to Learn, Network, Celebrate and Share the work done by organizations in terms of implementation of Kaizen/Lean/Operational Excellence".
This year IndiZen was again another success:
- 64 Organizations from India & Overseas
- 188 Participants
- 32 Case Study participants & 4 Best case studies awards
- 5 Excellence Inside Tours
- 2 Masaaki Imai Citations
- And ONE FOCUS – Operational Excellence
We would like to thank all the participants and congratulate them in the pursuit of continuous improvement.
Canada is the fifth country going to the new website
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group Canada moves to a new and improved website where visitors can register in the Kaizen Lean Events.
To get to know the Canada team take a look into the team page with full Bios including professional experience.
For any questions Kaizen Canada can be reached through their contact page.
Experience Lean Production at our kaizen Tour on March 2-8, 2014 in Japan
At this exceptional Tour you will explore the roots and philosophy of kaizen and Lean Production. Toyota Motor Corporation and other successful Japanese companies will give insights into their lean concepts being in place.
You will learn the concepts of lean and kaizen, how to apply them, and what benefits to expect. You will understand how to implement kaizen as both a management system and as a method for continuous improvement of your running business. International Kaizen experts will answer your questions during the tour. You will benefit from discussing your lessons learned and from networking with participants from other companies.
Take this opportunity and participate in our international tour in Japan!
For more information and registration, take a look into the benchmark tour page.
Start a lean 2014 by improving with Kaizen
Kaizen Institute has a full schedule of lean events with workshops on how to achieve continuous improvement throughout 2014. From Lean strategy to daily gemba improvements there is a rich list of kaizen events all over the world.
Starting in January Kaizen Institute will be offering compelling lean trainings:
- Kaizen Strategy Planning: will cover how to improve the business results through an optimized continuous improvement lean strategy. The workshop will be organized in Portugal by Kaizen Institute Consulting Group Portuguese team.
- Kaizen Foundations training is a 4 day course to give an understanding of the basic principles of lean manufacturing and kaizen tools.
The benchmark tours are also set for 2014 where participants have the rare opportunity to take an inside look on how top organizations have adopted Kaizen to achieve everyday improvements.
For tailored trainings we allow organizations to make Custom Trainings requests.
Kaizen Insitute Awarded the best Lean Success Stories
Kaizen Institute Spain held, at CEOE Headquarters in Madrid, the presentation of Success Stories at Kaizen Lean Awards where organizations were acknowledged for their Continuous Improvement and Operational Excellence efforts.
The Awards were divided in 4 different categories:
- Excellence in Quality – Rewards projects focused on reducing defects, rework elimination and improving the level of service
- Excellence in Productivity – This category is about improving Process Time by reducing Lead Time and increasing the overall efficiency and productivity of teams and their equipment.
- Excellence in Logistics – Focuses in projects about improving service levels, reduce inventory, improved warehouse operations and transport routes.
- Excellence in Continuous Improvement Systems – Rewards organizations who have implemented systems which allow them to improve everyday by following the Kaizen philosophy.
Managers are impressed by the kaizen way of companies in Romania
More than 100 participants witnessed the success of different kinds of companies at this exceptional event in Romania. General Managers presented outstanding business results of their companies that were achieved by implementing the Kaizen Management System.
The speakers shared their experience of how to boost company performance with kaizen in different industries in Romania. The event was mainly attended by CEOs and other representatives from Top Management who were inspired by the kaizen way of Best Practice companies.
Masaaki Imai, as founder of Kaizen Institute, highlighted the underlying principles of the Kaizen Management System, and he also participated in the Q&A session of the Kaizen Manager Club members.
The second kaizen Award conference in Romania will take place in 2015, and will continue to provide an unique platform for kaizen and Lean Management in Romania. For more information, please contact our office in Romania.
After 7 countries and 2 continents Masaaki Imai returns
Masaaki Imai did a big tour this year visiting several Kaizen Institute countries: Finland, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Romania, Mexico and Chile.
Through all these events Masaaki Imai shared decades of knowledge about Kaizen and how to achieve continuous improvement. The lean guru behind Kaizen philosophy keeps pushing forward on new ways to improve organizations and explains that “Kaizen is everywhere improvement, everybody improvement, every day improvement”.
Upcoming events are being planned, meanwhile it is possible to request an appearance from Masaaki Imai.
CEVA in Spain was awarded with the Kaizen Logistics Excellence award
CEVA is one of the world's leading supply chain companies and recently won the Kaizen Logistics excellence award due to "the effort and challenges in implementing the program of operational optimization. The program Kaizen workshops and daily meetings to analyze and solve problems" (Borja Iglesias, Senior Operations Manager).
The Kaizen award event in Spain just finished but organizations are welcome to register for next year.
The doors are open for welcoming the business community
Take the opportunity to participate in the special event “Kaizen Award in Romania” on 28 November 2013 in Bucharest.
You will learn more from Best Practice companies how they have achieved outstanding results by implementing the Kaizen Management System.
As special guest speaker there will be Masaaki Imai, the kaizen Guru and Founder of Kaizen Institute. The event is designed for decision-makers from multinational companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, and will be held in English, Japanese and Romanian language. Registrations are possible until 25 November 2013!
Total Environmental Management is a new service by Kaizen Institute India
It is the first such integrated service offered in India. It is an integrated approach to Identifying and Managing the five environmental hazards that your or any other organization has to deal with on a day to day basis. Going Green, being Sustainable etc, are no more mere buzz words! It is a business imperative and makes economic sense.
Learn more about TEM from Kaizen Institute India
Portugal and Spain just opened the registrations
The Kaizen Lean award aims to distinguish organizations for their lean efforts to achieve Continuous Improvement.
The award event allows experience sharing and keeps organizations motivated on doing their best. The ceremony is followed by the press and gives an opportunity for companies to show their success with Kaizen.
Masaaki Imai will be in Brasil between 3 and 8 November
Don't miss out on the oportunity to join the Kaizen Guru Masaaki Imai and learn from his experience.
From 3 to November 8, Masaaki Imai will be in Brasil for a series of conferences about organization continuous improvement.
For more information visit Kaizen Institute Consulting Group Brasil Website.
The Kaizen Guru is going to Italy to share decades of experience
We offer the opportunity for managers or entrepreneurs to meet Massaki Imai, the founder and top expert in continuous improvement and innovation.
Particpate in workshops related to Product, Supply Chain and Sales.
Come and join us with Masaaki Imai on December 2nd in Italy. to learn more about Kaizen Philosophy.
One of India’s most important Kaizen and Lean annual gatherings is back
IndiZEN has become one of India’s most important annual gatherings of professionals and experts in the Operational Excellence/ Lean/ KAIZEN sector. The objective of this event is to give you an opportunity to Learn, Network, Celebrate & Share the work done by your organization in terms of implementation of Kaizen/ Lean/ Operational Excellence.
Register in the Kaizen Indizen 2014
Masaaki Imai talks about how to reach true long-term improvement
3-minute video of Kaizen Institute founder, author of seminal books Kaizen and Gemba Kaizen, and grandfather of Lean awareness Masaaki Imai speaking in English (with Portuguese subtitles) about how kaizen leads to lean, and lean leads to green.
Masaaki Imai is hard at work on his third book in which he aims to elevate the conversation about kaizen to the level of corporate governance, true long-term value and a re-examination of organizational fitness based on flow, synchronization and leveling.
Come and Join us in Germany for a TFM Foundation event where you can learn more about the philosophy and methods of Total Flow Management.
This training will have a wide appeal from the production Manager to the employees looking for a way to achieve continuous improvement. The event is given in English.
Take look and register for the TFM Foundation Kaizen Lean Event.
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group New Website is online
In an effort to provide a consistent one approach, one team and global company status, Kaizen Institute Consulting Group has completely redesigned its website with multiple new features:
- A powerful online booking for Lean/Kaizen events
- Improved visuals and content
- To the point consulting services description
- And much more
Take the time to navigate through this new website and enjoy what Kaizen Institute Consulting Group has to offer
A lean course to better understand the fundamental principles and methods of Kaizen
A 4 day course designed to give all participants an understanding of not only the basic principles of lean manufacturing and Kaizen tools and techniques, but also the practical application within the workplace.
KAIZEN in Logistics and Supply Chains: Learn to create world-class logistics
A great book about Kaizen in Logistics and Supply Chains from Euclides Coimbra has been released. Learn to create world-class logistics and supply chains in any industry using kaizen's seven main principles
KAIZEN Institute has relationships with over 150 host companies in Japan, the birthplace of Lean. Join us!
2nd edition of Gemba Kaizen is available on Amazon
2nd edition of Gemba Kaizen is available on Amazon! Read the book written by Kaizen Institute's founder Masaaki Imai
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