I've produced 283 podcast episodes so far, including many of them that cover the concepts of Kaizen and continuous improvement.
One problem with having so many podcasts is that it might be overwhelming to somebody who is learning from the beginning. So, I had somebody ask me if I'd recommend a sequence of things to listen to or watch, since the sequential order of the episodes isn't necessarily the right order.
So, here goes:
Introductory Kaizen Concepts
The first episodes I'd listen are my interviews with Norman Bodek, who has written many books about Kaizen, and Alan Robinson, the co-author of a great introductory book on “idea systems” that have the same principles as Kaizen. Robinson's book is a very business-focused book if you need to convince leaders WHY engaging everybodyhttps://www.leanblog.org/2006/07/leanblog-podcast-1-norman-bodek/ in continuous improvement is necessary.
Here are those episodes… I'd suggest Bodek, then Robinson, then Bodek again.
Here is a short video where I try to define Kaizen:
People often confuse Kaizen with traditional suggestion box systems, so I talk about the difference in this video from the Lean Enterprise Institute:
Creating a Kaizen Culture
Kaizen, of course, is not something we do once or in a special week each quarter. Kaizen is a set of practices, mindsets, and cultural norms in an organization. Creating a culture of continuous improvement often involves a great deal of culture change, which isn't easy.
You can also hear this episode with a number of voices from Joe's health system talking about the power of Kaizen:
And this related series of videos in this playlist if you want to see them talking about this:
More Kaizen Practices, Tips, and Energy
I'd also recommend these episodes…
George Friesen has also done a lot to teach and spread Kaizen practices:
Here are some longer videos and webinars:
Here is video of a talk I gave at the University of Michigan:
Here is a webinar that Joe Swartz and I did for the Shingo Institute:
Here is a webinar by Joe Swartz on Kaizen coaching:
And here is a different intro webinar that I did for my friend and colleague Karen Martin:
I hope this helps. I'm curious to hear if you go through this “curriculum” individually or as a team at work. I don't have “belts” to offer or certify anyone on, but I hope your learning leads to practice, more learning, and great results.
What else would you add to this curriculum from what sources?