What is the Kaizen Philosophy?
The Japanese words Kai means to "take apart" and Zen means "to make good." Together, the word KaiZen is a phrase that is synonymous with "continuous improvement." These principles were first implemented as a business philosophy by the Japanese automotive industry after World War II. Using a system called LEAN, they leveled out the assembly process into equal cycles based on time, and were able to create an even and efficient flow in production with minimal waste. Their success was so impressive that since that time, KaiZen principles have been implemented in industry and governments all over the world.