The term Kaizen originated from Japan. The meaning of the word Kaizen is “change for the better.” Over time, Kaizen became one of the leading business philosophies and converted into a competitive strategy – continuous improvement.
Both words are critical
For a better chance to succeed with your business, you should implement Kaizen as a way of life.
PRIZ Innovator helps organizations to implement and adopt Kaizen. All Creative thinking tools that the Innovator offers are driving our thinking in a direction of better organizational performance. As we all know, time is the most expensive commodity.
As mentioned above, PRIZ Innovator comes with a set of creative thinking tool. These tools help us in several different ways, and many time compliment each other. All of them without exception, contribute to a faster innovation processes.
A large number of available options to choose from is a very typical situation. The question is, how to make the right choice or at least rank these options? This process can be challenging and, at times, very frustrating. In extreme situations, people simply give up and pretty much make random choices.
Round Robin Ranking (RRR) helps in saving time and making the right choice. The main concept of the tool is that we can reasonably choose one out of two options. However, we are unable to compare more than two options. Round Robin Ranking will guide you through pairs of options, calculate and sort the options according to the scores.
More detail on this tool is described in our blog Roun Robin Ranking (RRR) is a practical tool
Urgency – Importance Matrix by Eisenhauer is a well-known instrument for task priority management. The main question left is how to decide what is urgent and that important? For fast and effective prioritization, use
Urgency – Importance Matrix (UIM) tool gives a clear answer to this question and offers a fast and simple process for prioritization.
PRIZ Innovator UIM tool is based on clear concepts:
More details on the UIM tool described in our blog How to prioritize tasks with Urgency – Importance Matrix in PRIZ Guru Platform
Some features that requested improvement need to be analyzed. In order to achieve fast and effective improvement, use Cause and Effect Chain Analysis is an excellent tool for root cause definition and fast solutions creation. The details of the tool described in our blog A Root Cause Analysis Using PRIZ Innovation Platform
Brainstorming is a very popular instrument for generating ideas, troubleshooting, and improvements. In the standard approach, during brainstorming sessions, a group generates ideas. Normally, it takes a long time to validate all of them. To save time and be more effective, we should use the Effective Brainstorming (EBS) tool.
The details described in our blog Effective BrainStorming (EBS)
Your business needs to improve customer satisfaction, who doesn’t? For this non-trivial task, use Action Preventing Action (APA) novel creative thinking tool described in What does a customer needs? , Take a customer’s function away to satisfy the customer and Happy new customer! Ensure customer satisfaction.
Any change, and specifically, improvement, is a solution to some problem. Generate better solutions faster with the Inventive Principles tool. The details described in our blog Problem Solving Using 40 Inventive Principles. An example fined here: Trapshooting is bad for environment – here is our problem solution…
PRIZ Innovator provides continuous improvement flow: problem analysis – ideas generation – innovations implementation – new projects generation.
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Answering the question, “Does everyone want to be profitable?”, depends on the goals set by the CEO and executives of the company regarding the desired outcomes from the systems used by the firm to drive profitability. In most cases, it is up to the managers and their engineers to generate profitability from the existing systems that are integral to the organization’s production of products and services. These products and services are then valued by customers, who pay a cost to the company in exchange for them. Challenges and Solutions The challenge that engineers and managers face alike is the complexity…
RCA thinking is a tool for learning how the system operates and creating solutions to problems.
Problem solving and innovation are often seen as separate concepts, but they are actually closely intertwined. While problem solving involves finding solutions to complex issues, innovation is about introducing new ideas or approaches. Effective problem solving incorporates innovative thinking, whether it’s in designing projects, analyzing data, or collaborating with others. In our modern era, where systems are more complex than ever, problem solving requires a structured and systematic approach. Leading companies like Samsung, LG Electronics, and TSMC have recognized the value of this approach and have achieved success by applying innovative methods. By adopting these practices, businesses can improve operational…
This article explores the various components of production costs and the factors that lead to their escalation, such as inflation, technological advancements, and market shifts. It emphasizes the need for a problem-solving culture as a strategy for effective cost reduction and highlights hidden opportunities for cost reduction through process optimization. The article further provides a simple strategy for reducing production costs by categorizing operations and improving or eliminating them accordingly. Production costs Production cost refers to the total expenses incurred in making a product or providing a service, including materials, labor, and related costs. For a more detailed explanation of…
The word “Innovation” meets us everywhere: at work, bank, pharmacy, bank, post office, gym, playground… “Innovation” became a brand indicating the effectiveness and success of the company. Do we clearly understand what innovation is? This article discusses the essence of innovation and the difference between innovation and process/product change, improvement, or fixing. We also discuss and describe the innovation process using the PRIZ Innovation Platform. The Ambiguity of Innovation Definitions The internet provides an abundance of different definitions and explanations of innovation. This suggests that the concept of innovation is not trivial and requires further analysis and clarification. According to…
Have you ever found yourself skipping the creation of a detailed description of the failure and jumping right into solutioning? Don’t worry, we’ve been there too! We are thrilled to announce the release of a new feature on the PRIZ platform that is designed to enhance the quality and completeness of project overviews. With this new feature, engineers and project leads can receive a thorough review of their written background and also get guidance and suggestions for improvement. One of the main problems this feature solves is that many engineers tend to jump straight into solutions without investing enough effort…
This article discusses the importance of using engineering thinking to solve problems in an engineering environment instead of resorting to engineering guessing. It covers the dangers of engineering guessing and the benefits of using engineering thinking. The article also outlines a systematic approach to problem-solving using problem-solving tools and facilitation, such as the PRIZ Innovation platform. Proper documentation, defining the problem statement, identifying root causes, and understanding the process are all essential components of engineering thinking, which is the only way to generate fast and effective solutions. Types of Problems in a Production Environment A healthy and growing production can…
Engineering work is built on three essential pillars: process improvement, cost reduction, and root cause analysis. Engineers should dedicate their thinking to a specific and measurable target, use thinking tools and resources, and recognize and value engineering thinking. The PRIZ Innovation Platform offers tools for engineering thinking, including Process Functional Modeling, 40 Inventive Principles, and Effective Brainstorming. Engineers should focus on improving only those operations that increase the value of the product, remove all operations that do not increase the value of the product, and understand the origin of defects and eliminate them. What does an engineer do? What does…