Kaizen teian -- the Japanese-style proposal system for continuous improvement -- is the most direct and effective method for channeling employees' creative energies and hands-on insight. This book is the first in a new three-volume set that brings the management, guidance, and development of kaizen teian systems into perfect focus.
This first volume explains many aspects of running a proposal program on a day-to-day basis and provides cartoon examples of successful kaizen teian programs in four major Japanese organizations. This concise reference outlines the policies that support a "bottom-up" system of innovation and defines the three main objectives of kaizen teian: to build participation, develop individuals' skills, and achieve higher profits. (Originally published by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd.)
Table of Contents
- What is kaizen?
- What is a teian system?
- Creating a system of walking suggestion boxes
- From company-oriented suggestions to job-oriented proposals
- Ideas have value only when implemented
- From untried suggestions to implemented improvement proposals
- The cycle of kaizen teian activity
- Evaluation standards: simple rules for quick decisions
- Examples of implemented improvement proposal activity
"Filled with many practical little gems, many of which debunk common myths about reasons why suggestion systems succeed and fail."
Rick Maurer, Author, Caught in the Middle 06/01/04