Kaizen events, also known as “rapid improvement”, generally occur over an entire week consisting of a team size from six (6) to ten (10) with additional “ad- hoc” members as needed. The ultimate goal is to implement the “future” state by the end of the event. This session will provide a guide to facilitating a successful Kaizen event.
- Definition/Overview of “Kaizen”
- Determining Kaizen focus “what to improve?”
- Event preparation “Kaizen Charter”
- Event roles/responsibilities, rules, and team engagement
- Team Dynamics
- Tools utilized
- Facilitating the event, days one (1) thru five (5)
- Goals and sustainment
Laurie Stoveken, Optima Associates
Laurie assists clients with the implementation of Lean business improvement strategies throughout their organization. With a strong background in project management and systems implementation, she has extensive experience leading company-wide initiatives in a variety of industries, especially government, manufacturing and distribution. She collaborates with clients to help them uncover the keys to successfully creating a culture of ongoing process improvement. Under her guidance, clients’ Lean Enterprise implementations are successful and rewarding.
Chris Schermer, Optima Associates
Chris Schermer is a young professional that is starting to make his mark in the world of consulting. Chris has experience in documentation, creation and utilization of standard work documents and tools. He has participated in assessments of manufacturing organizations in Wisconsin. Chris has also participated in and led 5S teams within the food service industry for over seven (7) years.