Seven Conditions for Successful Implementation of Kaizen Strategy

Top management commitment

❷ Top management commitment

❸ Top management commitment

❹ Setting up an organization dedicated to promote Kaizen

❺ Appointing the best available personnel to manage the Kaizen process

❻ Conducting training and education

❼ Establishing a step-by-step process for Kaizen introduction.

All conditions are important. Without top management supporting every move, however, the trial will be short-lived regardless of other preconditions.

Top management may express commitment in many different ways, and it must take every opportunity to preach the message, become personally involved in following up the progress of Kaizen, and allocate resources for successful implementation. 

The Problem Addressed

One of the most difficult aspects of introducing and implementing Kaizen (continuous improvement) strategy is assuring its continuity.

When a company introduces something new, such as quality circles, or total quality management (TQM), it experiences some initial success, but soon such success disappear like fireworks on summer night and after a while nothing is left, and management keeps looking for a new flavor of the month.

This if because the company lacks the first three most important conditions for the successful introduction and implementation of Kaizen strategy.