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Kaizen can be roughly translated from Japanese to mean "good change.", but in business Kaizen means continuous improvement. It is long-term and it works systematically to achieve small, increment changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and qua

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5/13/2010 Mr. Phillips | Yaw Appiah SSIS QUALITY ASSURANCE : KAIZEN ESSAY Questions Explain the role of Kaizen in quality improvement * What is kaizen * What is meant by quality improvement * Discuss/ Explain the role of kaizen Kaizen can be roughly translated from Japanese to mean "good change.", but in business Kaizen means continuous improvement. It is long-term and it works systematically to achieve small, increment changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. Kaizen can be applied to any kind of work, however it is well known for being used in lean manufacturing. ...read more.

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This is because these things are factors that affect the quality and or the efficiency of the business activity. The role of kaizen in quality improvement in a business that wishes to use it is that it eliminates waste and it's a process of continual improvement. The elimination of waste is an important factor for all businesses. Waste could be anything that slows down the business or costs the business and nothing can be gained from it, such as long lead times, lack of efficiency in employees and resources which aren't useful. Therefore with the elimination of waste it will make the business more efficient because useless staff or strategies will be removed and it will cut done on cost associated with staff and useless resources. ...read more.

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Kaizen also encourages and facilitates gradual improvements in areas, such as work systems, procedures, technology, office layout and production systems. These suggestions for improvement in different areas are often driven by quality circles. These quality circles are basically a group of employees who perform similar duties that meet at periodic intervals, often with management, to discuss work-related issues and to offer suggestions and ideas for improvements, as in production methods or quality control. In summary the role of kaizen in quality improvement is to improve the quality of the business activity of the business, this is done is small increments of improvements that are not obvious to see, however the results of the small increments of improvement is the elimination of waste work-back flow, rework, and losses in production process. ...read more.

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