One of the challenging aspects of learning about Lean and Six Sigma is that a lot of the terminology is Japanese. This exercise will familiarize you with some of the most common terms. This is intended to be fun; use whatever resources you need. Don’t worry if you don’t get all of the answers! We’ll review it during the course.


Next to each word or phrase, write the number of the correct definition.


Word List Definition List
  1. A fast, radical change process
  2. Continuous improvement
  3. Error proofing
  4. Error-free production
  5. Go and see (where the action is)
  6. Resource leveling
  7. The name of the scientist who invented cause and effect (fishbone) diagrams
  8. Waste