Even when the thing to be
changed is an easy fix, change is a difficult process. This is because
change interrupts the normal flow of work. It also takes time to see the
benefits of change. Most people don't have the patience to wait for
But there is a way to realize rapid change: Engage staff in a Lean Kaizen event.
A Kaizen event (or
"blitz") always results in improvement for the organization. It enables
a project team to narrowly focus on a specific process within a limited
time period (usually five days). This concentration of resources on
improving a line of business allows the team to overcome natural
resistance to new ways of viewing both the problems and solutions.
The beauty of a Kaizen event is that it forces solutions.
The results are
typically amazing in terms of process improvements over a one-to-three
month period following a Kaizen event. Where the normal process of
change requires weeks and months of getting buy-in, the Kaizen event
does this within days.
Not only does the
event accelerate buy-in, but it also results in an action plan. This
action plan (with specific tasks assigned to participants in the Kaizen
event) is used for implementing the solutions devised during the event.
solutions are devised by Kaizen participants, execution of solutions is
dramatic: Results are significant and quick.
generated by the Kaizen event also translates to participant
satisfaction that carries significant weight during the rapid
improvements that follow. There is no better way to "sell" the solution
than to come up with it yourself and as you implement, encourage your
colleagues to support its implementation.