Kaikaku is a lean production term that means radical change, transformation, a revolution. It means radical overhaul of an activity to eliminate all waste (muda in Japanese) and create greater value. It is a rapid and radical change process.
In lean terms, there are two kinds of improvement.
Kaizen is evolutionary, focused on incremental improvements.
Kaikaku is revolutionary, focused on radical improvements
Kaikaku is a breakthrough rapid and radical improvement, of any activity, It is similar to radical innovation, though innovation is not necessary for Kaikaku.
Kaikaku is also known as Breakthrough Kaizen, Kaizen Blitz, Flow Kaizen and System Kaizen.
Kaikaku is sought in addition to Kaizen, not in place of Kaizen.
Kaikaku is a rapid change event as opposed to Kaizen which is smaller incremental improvements. Kaikaku is revolutionary while Kaizen is evolutionary.
Kaikaku sometimes used as a precursor to Kaizen activities. Kaizen is essential for a long-term lean transformation
Kaikaku is necessary to break paradigms and elevate the awareness of people to a higher level of understanding. When approaching a problem situation, it might require radical improvement to start with (Kaikaku), then be continuously improved.
Without Kaizen you are building Kaikaku on sandy foundations. Andvice versa.
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Management engineer with 15+ years of experiences in multinational companies, employed in different roles but with common goals: Continuos Improvement, processes standardization, processes...
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