Kaizen Event Preparation and Facilitation

Learn how to conduct a successful Kaizen Event!


This full day session, designed for Lean Lead and Certified Lean Facilitator candidates, addresses how to prepare for and lead successful Kaizen Events – from selection of high potential projects including preparation before and during the event through follow-up on improvement activities.  Special consideration is given to the roles of the Team Facilitator and Team Leader before, during and after the event. 


Pre-requisite: Lean Overview and Process Cells must be taken prior to attending Kaizen Event Preparation and Facilitation. 

Course Content Includes: 

  • Definition of Kaizen
  • Differences between the Japanese and American approach to Kaizen
  • Types of Kaizen Events (pre-production versus production events)
  • How events improve productivity
  • Requirements for a Kaizen Facilitator
  • Roles of the Team Facilitator, Team Leader and Team Members
  • The 15 step process for conducting an event
  • Documentation of the event results
  • Reporting the results of the event to the management team
  • Kaizen guidelines
  • What to expect during the Team Leader and Event Leader evaluations 

Upon completion of the Kaizen Event Preparation and Facilitation session, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand what an event will and will not accomplish
  • Identify who should be part of the event team
  • Understand the wastes targeted by an event
  • Understand the responsibilities for the Facilitator, Team Leader and Team members before, during and after the event.
  • Prepare the facility and the work site for the event