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Kai-akuThe opposite of kaizen. Change for the worse.
KaikakuRadical improvements or reform that affect the future value stream.
KaizenJapanese for ‘change for the better’ or ‘improvement’.
Kaizen EventAny action whose output is intended to be an improvement to an existing process.
Kaizen NewspaperA tool for visually managing continuous improvement suggestions.
KanbanJapanese term which means card signal. Kanban is the information signal used to indicate the need for material replenishment in a pull production process.
KansoKanso (simplicity) is a principle that dictates that beauty and utility need not be overstated, overly decorative, ornate, or fanciful. Kanso imparts a sense of being fresh, clean, and neat. The Apple iPhone has a single “home” button. The Google interface is predominantly white space.
Kano MethodsA model using three types of product requirements which influence customer satisfaction in different ways.
KaroshiDeath from overwork.
KittingA process in which assemblers are supplied with kits of parts, fittings and tools.
Knowledge ManagementThe management of knowledge, especially innovative knowledge, that is critical to business sustainability.
KokoKoko (austerity) is a principle that emphasises the disciplines of restraint, exclusion and ommission. Koko involves things that seem spare, even spartan, yet impart a sense of focus and clarity. The Twitter 140 character limit and the FLIP video camera are successful outcomes of keeping things spare.

 

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