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How to Run a Kaizen Event

A kaizen event, also known as a kaizen blitz or lean event, is a 4-hour to multiple-day working session aimed to remove process “wastes”. Wastes include over-production, over-processing, lost time, defective products, poor service, extra inventory, information gaps, poor ergonomics, and untapped employee abilities. All improvements are aimed to make the product or service deliver more value to customers.

Use this meeting agenda template to set up and help guide your team through your next kaizen event.

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Meeting Goal

To recognize and eliminate waste in the workplace.


  • Author:  Dan Prock
  • Duration:  4 hours to multiple days
  • Group Size:  10 or fewer
  • Solution Categories:  Product Developers
  • Meeting Types:  Workshops

Agenda Overview

  1. Meeting Opening
  2. Waste Walk
  3. Discuss and Group Wastes
  4. Prioritize Opportunities
  5. Brainstorm Solutions
  6. Plan Kaizen Experiment
  7. Review and Closing

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