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Kanban is one tool within the just in time production system. Kanban is used to connect information flow to the necessary action or production of a customer need.
A Kaizen blitz is a rapid improvement event. It is designed to make a fast improvement or impact to an opportunity or an issue.
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Kaikaku, sometimes called Kakushin, is a Japanese Lean term meaning radical improvement in a limited time. It is a philosophy centered around creating more value and less waste in production by implementing major changes. Innovation is key to Kaikaku, and innovating new processes, new products, new management practices, and new machines can have a huge impact on the facility as a whole.
Key performance indicators are the performance measurements that help us understand how we are performing. An Effective KPI is tied to the organization's strategy with stakeholders assigned to monitor them. KPI's should be well-defined and quantifiable, thoroughly communicated to everyone, understood by everyone and cover one or more of the 4 general areas of a balanced scorecard.
Kata is a martial arts reference which describes a system of individual or team training, exercises or techniques that are used to develop skill sets.
Kaizen is the Japanese term for continual improvement. Another way of defining Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, etc. Literally translated kaizen means, change for the better.
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