Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gemba Kaizen, Group Technology and Hoshin Kanri (HK) - 8

Gemba Kaizen:

Gemba – means Workplace where the real action takes place. Gembutsu means real problem piece. Gemba Kaizen means continuous improvement done at workplace in real time (i.e. Genjtsu)

Kaizen philosophy warrants going to gemba in real time whenever there is a problem. Take a look at the corresponding Gembutsus to collect data. Make on-the-sport improvements rather than sitting in ivory tower and make a plan for improvement. Normally plan remains plan without any action on it. Gemba Kaizen stresses action with plan.

Group Technology:

Group Technology is to do with forming processing cells on the basis of similarity of form, shape and operations. It facilitates High variety Low production batches.

Hoshin Kanri (HK):

Hoshin means objectives or direction. Kanri means control or management. In essence, Hoshin Kanri means policy management or management of objectives. This is in stark contrast with management by objectives approach in the Western corporate environment.

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