Authored by Marwa Aburahma
‘Kaizen’ is Japanese term meaning “change for the better”, a philosophy that sees improvement in productivity as a gradual and methodological process. Kaizen when applied to procurement encompasses both internal and external worlds of an organization or company, opening up great realms of collaboration.
In our day-to-day job, enabling and empowering sourcing, procurement and supply management, we happily endorse “kaizen blitz” principles – a derivative of Kaizen that delivers baby improvements on a shorter span of time usually over a week. When evaluating the successful Kaizens’ that I have encountered in my involvement in procurement and contracting functions during 2013, the objective was to qualitatively assess real life, practical and usable lessons learned from these success stories and to set the basis of my focus towards 2014.
In part two of this post I'll be sharing with you one story in particular that stood out for me as a great example of Kaizen in the workplace that involved the following factors:
1. A subject matter expert was involved
2. A leader /owner - “program owner with fire in the belly”
3. Management insight, support and empowerment
4. And a vision for rapid change in process and culture to support the organizational goals.