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Hello and thank you for checking us out. Let me fill you in on our background::

We are a group of friends that love to show and race our cars. We were lucky enough to meet up with the founders of Tweaked Ice and we became very close friends. We have now decided to combine our cars with their company to become a great crew and show people what we love to do!!! We are all about having fun and doing what we do best..and thats SHOW OFF OUR CARS!! But thats not the only thing we do. We all hang out an do events together and have a lot of fun!! We dont just talk about cars, we try to keep an open mind for everything!! TEAM Kaizen has guys AND girls that are involved with our team and everyone that we come in contact with instantly becomes "family"!! Please feel free to register on TEAM Kaizen Forums and join in on the fun and start meeting new people!!!!

The Meaning of Kaizen

Kaizen is a daily activity whose purpose goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, when done correctly, humanizes the workplace, eliminates overly hard work (both mental and physical) "muri", and teaches people how to perform experiments on their work using the scientific method and how to learn to spot and eliminate waste in business processes.

To be most effective kaizen must operate with three[citation needed] principles in place:

* consider the process and the results (not results-only) so that actions to achieve effects are surfaced;

* systemic thinking of the whole process and not just thatimmediately in view (i.e. big picture, not solely the narrow view) inorder to avoid creating problems elsewhere in the process; and

* a learning, non-judgmental, non-blaming (because blaming iswasteful) approach and intent will allow the re-examination of theassumptions that resulted in the current process.

People at all levels of an organization can participate in kaizen, from the CEO down, as well as external stakeholders when applicable.The format for kaizen can be individual, suggestion system, small group, or large group. At Toyota, it is usually a local improvement within a workstation or local area and involves a small group in improving their own work environment and productivity. This group is often guided through the kaizen process by a line supervisor; sometimes this is the line supervisor's key role.

While kaizen (at Toyota) usually delivers small improvements, the culture of continual aligned small improvements and standardization yields large results in the form of compound productivity improvement.Hence the English usage of "kaizen" can be: "continuous improvement" or"continual improvement."

This philosophy differs from the "command-and-control" improvement programs of the mid-twentieth century. Kaizen methodology includes making changes and monitoring results, then adjusting. Large-scale pre-planning and extensive project scheduling are replaced by smaller experiments, which can be rapidly adapted as new improvements are suggested.

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