Should This Japanese Hospital React to a Dip in Kaizen Submissions?

Last week, I wrote Part 1 of this piece about TQM and “Small Kaizen” at a Japanese Hospital pharmacy.

The hospital was happy that employees were participating in their “Small Kaizen” process, but there was a month in which they saw the number of submitted Kaizens drop, from about 138 to 58 or so.

As I write about in┬áMeasures of Success, two data points usually don’t make a trend.