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Course Description

In Japan, continuous improvement has been a key part of personal development and business culture for decades, but it’s a relatively new concept in the western culture. The Japanese term for continuous improvement is Kaizen which simply means change for the better.

Making “change for the better” is vital for all businesses. In fact, Kaizen is the secret behind the huge success of companies such as Toyota, General Electric, Google, Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, and prominent celebrities and athletes such as the famous Bruce Lee.

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.

In particular, the course:

  • Provides a detailed review of kaizen tools and techniques, and how to adopt and implement them in a business setting.
  • Offer sufficient knowledge on Kaizen management so that managers can make informed decision on whether or not to implement kaizen, what kaizen tools are suitable to their specific environment, and what cultural or mindset changes are needed for successful adoption of kaizen.
  • Offer a set of kaizen principles, techniques, and tools that are suitable for implementation in most service and production business models.

The course is enriched with charts, graphs, tables, quotes from kaizen leaders and real life illustration to make for an interactive learning experience. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Kaizen

Lesson 2: The 3 Main Aspects of Kaizen

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

Lesson 4: Kaizen Event

Lesson 5: Kaizen and Six Sigma

Lesson 6: Element and Factors of Kaizen

Lesson 7: Kaizen – The Three Pillars

Lesson 8: Hierarchy of Kaizen

Lesson 9: The PDCA Cycle

Lesson 10: Kaizen Implementation

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

Lesson 12: Kaizen Budgeting and Cost Reduction

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
  • Know hierarchy of Kaizen.
  • Define the PDCA Cycle
  • Describe methods used for Kaizen implementation.
  • Know the 7 quality control tools.
  • Determine Kaizen budgeting and cost reduction for a process, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Why this course?1
Exam 150
Exam 245
Exam 345
Exam 450
Exam 550
Exam 650
Exam 750
Exam 850
Exam 950
Exam 1050
Exam 1150
Exam 1250
The Final Exam175
Total Points:766

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