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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Kaizen : I is C

Well, maybe I am too abstract. I meant, Improvement is Continuous. That is the one and only way to stay ahead of competitors.

Today, I came across an article on Toyota Way. Toyota Way is one of the most written about topics in the history of business. And that is the irony. Toyota has thrown open its entire system for others to see. For Friends. For Foes. They even has an agreement with GM to help them set up the Toyota Production System. The entire process of Toyota is available at the click of the mouse. But still, they leads!

This is where Kaizen comes into play. Kaizen in Japanese means Improvement. Or better, Continuous Improvement. This is the mantra of Toyota.

"Kaizen is a daily activity whose purpose goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, when done correctly, humanizes the workplace, eliminates overly hard work (both mental and physical), and teaches people how to perform experiments on their work using the scientific method and how to learn to spot and eliminate waste in business processes."

It is Kaizen that we want in our daily life. In our work. In our games. In our blogs. It's Kaizen.

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