Online Class: Kaizen 101 - An Introduction

This course offers practical introduction to Kaizen techniques and concepts. It is designed to help individuals and businesses to adopt kaizen tools and technique, boost productivity, improve resilience, eliminate waste, and reduce their costs.

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Course Description

Unlocking Excellence: The Kaizen Way to Business Success and Personal Growth

In the heart of Japan lies a powerful philosophy that's woven into the fabric of its culture, a transformative concept called "Kaizen" - the art and science of continuous improvement. While the mystique of Kaizen has been intrinsic to Japanese development for years, it's only begun to sparkle on the global stage, captivating Western minds and methodologies.

But what makes Kaizen such a game-changer?

Peel back the layers, and you'll see that at its core, Kaizen isn't just about business processes—it's a philosophy of life. It's the difference between stagnation and evolution, between resting on laurels and constantly striving for excellence. It's the engine behind industry giants such as Toyota, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as well as the secret sauce of numerous high-flying celebrities and athletes who have scaled the summits of their respective fields.

Dive Deep into the World of Kaizen with Our Course:

  • Foundational Knowledge: Immerse yourself in the origins, principles, and transformative power of Kaizen. Understand why it's more than just a business tool—it's a way of life.

  • Comprehensive Tool Review: Familiarize yourself with the wide array of Kaizen tools and techniques. Learn the art of selecting, adopting, and harmonizing them within your unique business environment.

  • Management Perspective: Equip yourself or your management team with a deep, nuanced understanding of Kaizen's potential. Make decisions rooted in insight, ensuring Kaizen becomes an integral part of your organizational DNA.

  • Customization Strategies: Every business is unique. Identify which Kaizen tools align best with your company's ethos and goals. Learn how to foster a cultural shift that ensures a seamless and impactful Kaizen integration.

  • Engaging Learning Experience: Beyond mere theory, our course is infused with high-definition videos, vivid charts, insightful graphs, and compelling quotes from Kaizen luminaries. Real-life case studies bring the concepts alive, ensuring the lessons are not just learned, but lived.

In a rapidly changing world, the only constant is change. Embracing Kaizen isn't just about staying relevant—it's about leading the charge, setting industry standards, and crafting a legacy of excellence. Whether you're an individual eager for personal growth or a business seeking a competitive edge, this course is your gateway to a brighter, more prosperous future.

Don't be left behind. Dive into the riveting world of Kaizen, and watch as continuous improvement becomes your second nature. Join us, and let's embark on this transformative journey together!

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Kaizen

Kaizen is a Japanese word that means continuous improvement. Additional lesson topics: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way; What is Kaizen?; The Toyota Way: Several Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer 51 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why this course?
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: The 3 Main Aspects of Kaizen

Kaizen means continues improvement. Unlike the traditional western ideas of change, Kaizen requires little money, much common sense, and commitment from all workers and managers. Additional lesson topics: Quick and Easy Kaizen / Mini Kaizen; Kaizen Basic Principles. Continuous Improvement Principles; Five steps to an effective Gemba Walk; Kaizen Blitz: An Introduction and some words of caution 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Kaizen-shift - The Need for Mindset Change

When implementing Kaizen, many individuals focus on people and process improvement tools and technique, but they overlook the need to develop a kaizen mindset. Additional lesson topics: Continuous Improvement: The Kaizen Mindset; Several common rules of Kaizen Mindset; The Kaizen Mindset: Several points to develop it 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Kaizen Event

A Kaizen event is a well-structured team exercise that focuses on reducing waste and producing more value in a business process or activity. Additional lesson topics: When it comes to setting goals – be the tortoise; The Kaizen of Goal Setting; Simplify Your Life Using Kaizen; Kaizen Event; When and how to use kaizen events 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Kaizen and Six Sigma

Kaizen and Six Sigma are regularly used together because they endeavor towards a common goal; process improvement through identification and eradication of waste. Additional lesson topics: The Define Measure Analyze Improve Control Dmaic Process; Kaizen and Six Sigma Together in the Quest for Lean; What Is Six Sigma?; A Summary of Six Sigma Philosophy 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Element and Factors of Kaizen

In a fully customer-focused organization, all business activities are informed by customers’ needs and are designed to improve their experience. Additional lesson topics: Be Customer-Focused: Several Basic Tactics; just-in-time manufacturing JIT manufacturing ; What are some examples of customer focus?; An Introduction to Total Productive Maintenance TPM 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Kaizen – The Three Pillars

Kaizen is based on three pillars. Additional lesson topics: Five S Framework; Kaizen 5S Framework for Standard Business Processes; Key Benefits of 5S Process Implementation 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Hierarchy of Kaizen

A Kaizen organizational structure or hierarchy is the foundation on which kaizen is implemented in a firm. Additional lesson topics: Continuous Improvement Manager Resume Samples; Kaizen Organizational Chart ; Kaizen Support Organization; Kaizen Support Office: Vital to lean culture 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: The PDCA Cycle

PDCA Cycle, also called the PDSA or Deming Cycle, is a quality improvement system made up of a logical series of four recurring steps geared towards realizing continuous learning and improvement within an organization. Additional lesson topics: The Benefits of PDCA; Implementing New Ideas in a Controlled Way; Evolution of the PDCA Cycle; How to Implement the PDCA Cycle Plan-Do-Check-Act [Free Template] 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Kaizen Implementation

Kaizen becomes a means of improvement and it’s represented in the daily struggles arising in the workstation and the way those struggles are resolved. Additional lesson topics: Kaizen Mindset; Understanding the Kaizen Process: Steps and Goals; Several Conditions for Successful Implementation of Kaizen Strategy 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Kaizen Tools and Standards – 7 Quality Control Tools

The aim of the lesson is to give a clear introduction of the 7 QC tools and how to use them in a Kaizen organization to improve performance. Additional lesson topics: Purpose of a Pareto Chart; Plan-Do-Check-Act Pdca Cycle 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Kaizen Budgeting and Cost Reduction

Different budgeting approaches exist, but this lesson will focus on Kaizen budgeting or continuous improvement budgeting. 225 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 12
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define Kaizen.
  • Describe the 3 main aspects of Kaizen.
  • Describe kaizen-shift - the need for mindset change.
  • Identify Kaizen event.
  • Compare and contrast Kaizen and six sigma.
  • Describe elements and factors of Kaizen.
  • Describe the three pillars of Kaizen.
  • Summarize hierarchy of Kaizen.
  • Define the PDCA Cycle
  • Describe methods used for Kaizen implementation.
  • Summarize the 7 quality control tools.
  • Determine Kaizen budgeting and cost reduction for a process.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Kaizen 101 - An Introduction
Course Number: 9770483
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (610 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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