Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Hoshi Kanri
    Goals (with targets) and means for achieving it to address business priorities and to move the organization to a new level of performance.
  • Heijunka
    Production leveling, means transforming the typical peaks and valleys of customer demand into something flatter.
  • Gembutsu
    Japanese word meaning 'real thing'. It is one of the components of the 'Three Reals' meaning go to the real place (gemba) to see the real thing (gembutsu) and collect the real facts (genjitsu).
  • Hansei
    Hansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
  • Genchi Genbutsu
    Means go and see for yourself. Go see the problem.
  • Pokayoke
    Mistake proofing or error proofing.