Kaizen of Operations

The Kaizen approach could be used anywhere…

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According to Wikipedia, Kaizen (改善), is the Japanese word for “improvement”. In business, Kaizen refers to activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain.[1] It has been applied in healthcare,[2] psychotherapy,[3] life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries.   The Kaizen approach is based on the belief that continuous improvement adds up to substantial change over time. When teams or groups implement Kaizen, they avoid the mistakes that often go hand-in-hand with major innovation. Very appropriately the Japanese word Kaizen means “good change.” While Kaizen is typically applied to […]

20 Keys

Some highlights of The 8th International 20 Keys Conference in South Africa 2016

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The 8th South Africa 20 Keys Conference and Study Tour and the 24th International Conference and Study Tour (there is a tour every second year in a different country). ODI’s study tours provide valuable learnings by hearing about and observing, first hand, best operating practices. Time is also made available for interacting with speakers at the conference as well as personnel of companies visited. Presentation on 20 Keys implementation by Japanese company Toyo Agriculture. They have been busy implementing 20 Keys for 30 years! Conference in Johannesburg, with close to 200 delegates attending Friends from Silafrica, implementing 20 Keys in […]