So what is Kaizen? It translates approximately as ‘improvement’ or ‘change (Kai) for good (Zen)’. It essentially involves analyzing the current process, taking it a part and putting it together in a more lean way.
A Kaizen Event or Kaizen Blitz is a short project where a large amount of resource is focussed on one process to get a quick win. These are usually very short (from one day to one week) and are a compressed Six Sigma project. These are a great way to get lots of people involved, and to get a ‘quick win’ to show the benefits of Six Sigma to the company. It’s therefore a great way to get quick results and improve buy in.