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DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) vs KAIZEN™

Mar 29, 2021 | 2 min read

Our Lean Methodology blog series introduces business approaches and actionable insights that can lay the foundations for creating business efficiencies. Kaizen™ and DMAIC are both business approaches with Kaizen™ being similar to Lean methodology and DMAIC similar to Six Sigma.

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Let’s look at the main characteristics of each approach:

Kaizen™ – a Japanese word that simply means ‘Change for the better’. The main characteristics are:

DMAIC – a 5-step process where the 1st letter of each stage spells out DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. The main characteristics are:

How to choose the right approach

The best solution in many cases may be to combine both business approaches but the most appropriate approach can be chosen for a project by answering the following questions.

If YES, Kaizen™

If NO, DMAIC

Interestingly, many practitioners have started to plan out their Kaizen™ projects using the DMAIC process steps. This way they ensure that everything is considered. So, it may not be a case of Kaizen™ vs DMAIC but instead getting the best results by choosing to apply both.

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