3-Day Improvement Event at Virginia Mason

Join Virginia Mason’s Genba, where the work happens

A kaizen event is a three-day workshop that focuses on empowering the people who do the work to eliminate waste and reduce the burden of work for a particular process.

Designed around the plan-do-study-act (PDSA) method, kaizen events offer organizations a standardized and accountable improvement method for realizing their vision of an improved future state. Participants will join a kaizen event to fix a real problem being improved at Virginia Mason. This is a great experience for someone who wishes to lead their own kaizen event at their organization.

What this experience will entail:

  • Participants will be assigned to an kaizen event, with no more than one external participant total per kaizen event to guarantee a truly immersive improvement experience as they work shoulder-to-shoulder with Virginia Mason staff members to improve their work processes. This is not an observational experience – participants will be expected to participate fully in the improvement work.
  • A transformation sensei will prepare the participant prior to their arrival and offer coaching and reflection on the learning throughout the week.
  • See the VMPS® method in action.

After this experience, you will be able to:

  • Share improvement ideas to others.
  • Obtain a deep knowledge of the kaizen Event process through direct participation.
  • Translate the learning through kaizen Events at their own organization.


  • Participation in extensive idea generation
  • Conducting effective observations
  • Hands-on simulations and testing

Contact us to find the next improvement event scheduled at Virginia Mason Health System