Project Management

Driving Improvement with Agile and Kaizen

Slovakia Chapter

Mihail Barakoski is a project manager in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Kaizen is a philosophy of continuous improvement and provides an approach to engage the people who do the work to quickly identify and implement rapid improvement opportunities.

Continuous improvement is an organized approach to identify opportunities for improvement that can help an organization meet its goals for increasing profits, reducing costs and accelerating innovation.

There can be a simple but structured approach to address continuous improvement, and it is based on the initial proposal of Jens R. Woinowski that added a new perspective by merging the Deming Cycle with the scrum approach.

I’m confident that this approach, referred to as the Kaizen framework, can be expanded beyond software development work to any operational environment. This will help teams improve the way they improve themselves…

  1. To drive measurable results that lead to sustained change.
  2. To enable Kaizen in a more collaborative, meaningful and productive manner for everyone involved.
  3. To improve levels of employee engagement while improving bottom-line business results.

Being a team member has certain obligations. Members are responsible for carrying out all team-related work assignments such as data collection, data analysis, presentation, development, sharing knowledge and participation in team discussions and decisions.

Ideally, when actual process …

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