Continuous Improvement Process | Kaizen

Continuous Improvement Process has its origin in the Japanese expression "Kaizen", itself derived from two Chinese ideograms "kai" and "zen" which mean respectively "change" and "better".


A Continuous Improvement Process - CIP consists of an approach aimed at constantly controlling and improving processes without making additional investments. These improvements are incremental, i.e. progressive and minimal, and have the advantage of optimizing complex processes without creating disruptions and/or resistance to change. Its logic is based on the expertise and participation of each employee in order to increase the company's overall performance step by step.


The CIP approach is based on three concepts:


01. Feedback:

Continuous Improvement is based on evaluation of processes, uses and practices.


02. Efficiency:

Continuous Improvement aims to improve productivity with the same level of resources by adapting processes and eliminating unnecessary tasks.


03. Evolution:

Continuous Improvement is part of an incremental logic and is opposed to brutal and disruptive reforms.

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