A Kaizen blitz is a rapid improvement event designed to make a fast improvement or impact to an opportunity or an issue. The japanese word "kaizen" translated is "change" and "goodness" which we can interpret as change for the better. The blitz will usually take place over a 1 to 5 day period and gives teams an opportunity to make rapid, quick improvements while discovering other possible initiatives too. A kaizen blitz may follow the 4 steps outlined in PDCA:
1. Plan the event.
2. Do the blitz.
3. Check or study the results of the blitz.
4. Act on any adjustments, activities or actions that may have been discovered in checking and studying to fully implement the agreed upon blitz objectives.
The ABC's of