I have copies of several different books that claim to guide a company thru the Kaizen process. This is the one that I suggest most often.
If you are a small to medium sized manufacturing company and need a straight forward handbook that you can implement yourself, this is the one to get. The CD is helpful in providing the sample forms on Excel and even the posters can be printed locally for your program.
This book can be used as a practical roadmap for implementing a continuous improvement program. While it is somewhat weak in the problem solving area, the rest of the book more than makes up for this.
The guide removes the mystique of conducting your own Kaizen events. Kaizen events can mobilize teams with enthusiasm to solve many problems in complex business processes. With the use of this guide, typical failures are prevented through the application of the SCORE methodology. The enclosed CD contains the forms and checklists shown for fast startup.
The primary purpose of the book is to provide a guide for Kaizen Team Leaders. This guide does an excellent job detailing the steps and tips on how to lead a team in the application of lean methods and tools. Whether a novice or experienced at conducting events, this most book most definitely should be in your improvement toolbox. It even has an accompanying CD that provides many of the templates and tools used in the book which are a tremendous help when facilitating teams.
When I first started leading events, I used this guide to help me plan and guide a Kaizen effort. Often, a key challenge for a Team Leader is to stay ahead of the team in terms of clarifying the objective and providing a roadmap. This guide was the "crutch" I needed. And now, even as experienced Lean Leader, I still bring this book out and run through the various items to ensure I have remembered everything. I always have it with me.
But, for those of you who want to first learn about Lean, this is not the book. It touches upon many of the tools, but the guide assumes you are familiar with Lean concepts and methods. As the title states, it is a job aide for Team Leaders who are planning and implementing a Kaizen event. For that, it is terrific.
There are a lot of books out there on Kaizen events, but I have not found a better one on guiding you through the process. This book is extremely thorough and will improve your chance of success tremendously if you follow the approach. This is also an excellent training manual for large organization who want a standard approach to running events. Highly Recommended!
"The Team Leader's Guide to Lean Kaizen Events" is the first book I have ever read that actually provides a structured and easy to follow methodology (SCORE) for planning, performing, and assessing the results of Kaizen events. In addition to the methodology, easy to use checklists, templates and other Lean tools are presented. Reading it is only the start, you will want to have this valuable book with you as a guide and reference during the entire effort. You should not leave home (headed for a Lean Kaizen project) without it!