My Kaizen journey began in earnest when some colleagues and I took on the challenge of introducing the Kaizen mindset of continuous improvement to our software development team. Kaizen (“kai” means change and “zen” means good, or “change for the good”) encourages employees to suggest ideas to solve common problems and improve processes.
We designed a year-long roadmap to dig into a new topic each month that would bring benefit to our organization. There were three topics I found most helpful over the course of the year. The techniques associated with each topic were also what helped me to carry through with the Kaizen project itself:
- Cultivating motivation: Foster an idea and the incentive to begin
- Setting high quality goals: Translate the idea into project
- Organizing priorities: Create the space to carry out the plan
What seemed like an impossible plan when I first started was ultimately achieved in a series of small steps. These steps resulted in monthly presentations to my team, blog posts on the topics above, and finally, this white paper.
My hope is that sharing these strategies will in turn inspire you to share them with others and carry on the process of improvement and transformation at your own organization.
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