KAIZEN in school system

„KAIZEN - sounds cool, but how does it work in reality?"

Silke Pach (teacher at the Leibniz High School Rottweil) was confronted to this question by the students, teaching KAIZEN and lean management methods in the classroom. Since the close relationship to the company Gebr. Schwarz GmbH, where KAIZEN is practiced since 2012, a project was launched rapidly to demonstrate KAIZEN in real live.

Students should experience the KAIZEN philosophy and implement the so-called 5S method in practice. Kaizen is Japanese and means: a change to the better in small steps. The 5S method stands for:

  • Sort
  • Store
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

Exactly by this motto, the room of the upper classes and the SMV-room from the Leibniz Gymnasium were identified to get thoroughly revamped in 2 workshops with 12 students. The KAIEZN officials of Schwarz, Bernhard Dürr and Roland Meindorfer, taught students in alternating theory and practical sessions. At the end of the two rooms were right to showpiece with feel-good factor - as the students had desired since a long time. Cleaning and audit plans should help to hold the good result sustainable.

"It was hard work, but we had a lot of fun that day and learned that KAIZEN is easy to understand, you just need to take it seriously and work constantly on it" - so the general feedback from the students.