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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Kaizen (The Space Pen vs Pencil)

Category:A3 Culture 

Kaizen (The Space Pen vs Pencil)


During the space race back in the 1960's, NASA was faced with a major problem.  The astronaut needed a pen that would write in zero gravity, so NASA sponsored a $1.5M project and the 'space-pen' was successfully implemented.  The Space Pen (also known as the Zero Gravity Pen), is a pen that uses pressurised ink crtridges and is claimed to write in zero gravity.  The Russians were faced with the same dilemna, however they used a pencil!  

So, Kaizen has its etymology routed in the Japanese culture and simply means continuous improvement.  We remind any team to run Kaizen events (meetings to improve a process) to choose the easiest solution - the pencil way NOT the $1.5M way.

More details can be seen in the following poster from the LEAN Exhibition. 


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