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For the uninitiated, Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning "change for the better" or "improvement." The two parts of the word, which are displayed in the picture, translate into "change" and "good." Kaizen has a similar focus to Agile. It's a philosophy that continuously focuses on daily process improvement. It falls under the Lean methodology and was spawned from the necessity to increase manufacturing efficiencies. The goal of Kaizen is to humanize the workplace, eliminate difficult work, eliminate waste in process, identify areas of improvement, and experiment with solutions to problems. Eliminating waste and increasing efficiency seems like a no-brainer to even the most uninitiated, but this is not as easy as it sounds. It opens many questions, regarding such things as where to start and what to look for

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