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Abstract of the 12 Principles, the essence of the Continuous - Improvement - State of Mind (Kaizen)

The 12 Principles of Kaizen that have been identified by AL-Consulting, make part of the course of action and state of mind that should be adopted by every person who participates in a continuous improvement process. Here are the first steps :

  • Abandon fixed ideas, rejecting how things are today
  • Rather than explain why things can not be done, think of ways to do them
  • Implement immediately the good proposals for improvement.
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The PDCA as a mean to concretize and carry on the Kaizen State of Mind

The PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) is a process that allows to create an Improvement Plan and ensures the permanent improvement of your company’s processes. It is an Indispensable tool for achieving the continuous improvement.

  • Establish an improvement target,
  • Define the Action Plan,
  • Choose the measuring indicators for success.

Is on this basic phase that the whole project depends.
A bad preparation can only bring complications and a waste of time and money.

D = DO (Apply, Carry on)

  • To carry on the Action Plan defined during the Phase P.

C = CHECK (Control)

  • Check that all the actions were accomplished and that they gave the expected results,
  • Evaluate the differences (compare P and D).

A = ACT (Act, React)

  • Find out the root causes of the measured differences and apply the corrective actions,
  • Standardize the best practice to ensure continuity,
  • Define objectives to obtain new improvements.

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