Yukio Kakiuchi’s Kaizen diary 7
It is almost year-end. At this time of the year, I have kept saying “Time flies!”. It is really very fast!!
The end of the year is the time to look back the year to finish and to think of the coming year. It is time to execute Check and Plan of P – D – C – A cycle. So, I’d like to try out the C – A – P – D cycle based on what have happened recently around me.
I was chatting with some managers in a meeting a few weeks ago. One person (A department manager Mr. A) said, “Our company has insufficient power to challenge new things.” Then I asked him, “What can’t you do in your company?”. He answered, “I do not have any concrete idea, though …”. “Our company” was also about “I”. I thought that all the managers which Mr. A belongs are saying the same. Such a company has a very small amount of Kaizen ideas and little improvement.
On the other hand, at the company D, we ran the KZ method by 10 people including the president a few days ago. Each person stack cards to things that are not used immediately, moved them outside, and everyone discussed and made a good conclusion on overall optimum Kaizen. The site became very refreshing! After the activity, all the 10 people spoke about the activities of next year clearly. The implementation plan for Kaizen in the early years was also concrete. I thought the company D was reliable.
The difference between Company A and Company D is whether they do Kaizen immediately or not. Nothing will happen no matter how much you analyze how difficult it is or how to take responsibility in case of failure. On the other hand, if improvement is carried out just by doing the KZ method by everyone in front of the actual thing and further ideas come out lot more immediately.
2019 is the year of action! Let ‘s do Kaizen enjoying with Waiwai Gayagaya.
Thank you very much for your great support this year and have a happy new year!!
The new management approach based on Kaizen by all 8
Therefore, I would like to propose one way of management to the managers of small and medium size manufacturing companies in order to survive and prosper. Using the ability of Genba-Kaizen (on-site improvement) we give customers pleasure and surprises by showing the high performance of product development, design, production technology. Each method is never new or unusual, but it is possible only by the small and medium size manufacturing companies. It is rather difficult for large companies.