What Does Kaizen Mean?

Kaizen is a process management approach and methodology that uses proven techniques for continuous product maturation and improvement. Kaizen management techniques are critical of increased productivity and profitability.


Kaizen is used around the world by various industries, including IT and software development, to ensure product stabilization and enhancement.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that translates as “improvement.”

Techopedia Explains Kaizen

The Kaizen approach facilitates and enables continuous integration during project planning, testing and execution. Kaizen testing and troubleshooting techniques provide continuous elimination of waste, residual code, bugs and errors.

The Kaizen management approach has been adopted for a variety of software development frameworks and testing methodologies, including the Daily Build and Smoke Test (DBST), which facilitates efficient fault management during the software development life cycle.


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