Wednesday, 15 November 2006


'Kaizen (Japanese for "change for the better" or "improvement", the
English translation is "continuous improvement", or "continual
improvement) is an approach to productivity improvement originating in
applications of the work of American experts such as Frederick Winslow
Taylor, Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Walter Shewhart, W. Edwards Deming and of
the War Department's Training Within Industry program by Japanese
manufacturers after World War II. The development of Kaizen went
hand-in-hand with that of quality control circles, but it was not limited
to quality assurance.. [snip] A closer definition of the Japanese usage of
Kaizen is "to take it apart and put back together in a better way." What
is taken apart is usually a process, system, product, or service.'

Just came across this term somewhere (can't remember where). Sounds like
what I like doing - tearing down processes/systems (whether it be
applications, protocols, or the general 'culture' of how things are done)
and putting faster, cleaner ones in. Might have to do some reading up on


  1. The importance of kaizen is not in what kaizen is, but how to implement it.

  2. @kaizenhunter - of course! as with any process etc. I think this is kindof what i'm always trying to do, and it was nice to come across a term that explains it nicely.

    thanks for the comment :)

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