8:00 – 9:00



9:00 – 9:30

Opening of the Conference. Welcome speeches by the organizers and partners of the conference.

Ivan SARWAR, Director of KAIZEN Club in Ukraine, General Manager at Kaizen Institute Ukraine

MICHIO HARADA, Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Mission of Japan in Ukraine, Minister-Counselor

H.E. SIMON PIDOUXThe Swiss Chargé d‘affaires a. i.

Viacheslav POKOTYLOVice-president at MIM-Kyiv

9:30 – 10:00

TOPIC 1: The pyramid of operational excellence: why people are the basis of this pyramid?

   - Operational excellence: define the goal, act according to the principles, or why the formal approach does not work.
   - Not to gain, but to earning: what should be the principles when the goal is profitability in the long term perspectives.
   - People create culture, people improve processes, and people reach the goal.


Continuous Improvement Manager at JSC «Weidmann Malyn Paper Mill»

10:00 – 10:30

TOPIC 2: People + processes = lively and holistic. The crucial moment of engagement.

   - Stages of engagement of team to the changes. Dynamics management. A crisis. Exit.
   - From «I don’t want, why should I, we have specifics, it will never work out for us, it’s good just in theory and you try to implement in practice» to «why not, let's try, we do». Managing employee’s enthusiasm.
   - The main forms and methods of work in forming of engagement. Who should do what.


Business coach, director of the Dnipro branch of OLOS-Academy

10:30 – 11:00

TOPIC 3: How much for the company costs «unknowing» of its employees and why you should not be afraid to invest in staff training?

   - Why is it important to implement Lean?
   - Awareness of the scale of the internal potential of production through using of employees ideas.
   - Why is it important to allocate time for learning daily Lean?
   - Why the personal example of managers is the determining factor for success in a project implementation?


CEO of the factory «Progress-Service»

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00

TOPIC 4: Punishment Cannot be Applied  – a right switch in the right place sets the entire speed in the improvement process.

   - The salary system IS NOT one of the key motivations for setting the tempo.
   - The production planning system is an important tool for the effective operation of an enterprise.
   - Daily production meetings as the basis of the production pyramid.
   - Low performance? Quality problems? Problems ...? – Go to Gemba!

Ihor VAKULIN, Lean Manufacturing Project and Program Manager at «Barlinek Invest» LLC

Olesya KOVALCHUK, Deputy Production Manager at «Barlinek Invest» LLC

12:00 – 12:30

TOPIC 5: Is money the key motivator or there are other «buttons» that turn on engagement into the process?

   - TBC.


Owner and CEO of the company «MANEZH»

12:30 – 13:00

TOPIC 6: How to build a beneficial for all participants interaction between levels in the company?

   - The concept of «healthy» organization.
   - Introduction to the MBU system.
   - Features of interaction between teams of different levels.
   - The reason of the success and continuous development of the company.


Regional Continuous Improvement manager at Imperial Tobacco Eastern Europe/Africa

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

PRACTICAL CASE 1: Why assigned «volunteers» do not manage with the implementation of Kaizen and what to do with this?

   - The main causes of failure in the Kaizen implementation process.
   - Necessary conditions for the changes to «settle down».
   - Build a Kaizen implementation model in a reference company in the manufacturing and service sector.

Moderator: Ivan LEVCHENKO

Consultant at Kaizen Institute Ukraine

PRACTICAL CASE 2: Success from the first time or how to set the right course to implement Kaizen at the beginning of the journey?

   - Analysis the case of the metallurgical company, which implemented the tools of lean manufacturing right now.
   - Case solution by the audience, development of recommendations for the successful Kaizen implementation.
   - Formulate the conclusions about the need for cultural transformation for the successful Kaizen implementation.

Moderator: Vitalii VASILIEV

General Manager at Kaizen Institute Rus

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

DISCUSSION PANEL 1: Kaizen-Instruments or Kaizen-Culture: which way choose in order not to have to go back?

   - Strengths and weaknesses of each approach, as far as they are applicable and can be used.
   - Identify an individual way of Kaizen system implementation, according to the international practice and the experience of colleagues.

Moderators: Ivan LEVCHENKO (Kaizen Institute Ukraine), Serhii DOLMATOV (Imperial Tobacco Ukraine)

DISCUSSION PANEL 2: Is there a difference between Kaizen and Lean? 

   - Understanding the difference between Kaizen and Lean.
   - Understanding the reason why Kaizen do not «settle down» at companies from the first time.
   - Determining the right way to transform the company by Kaizen principles.


Moderator: Vitalii VASILIEV (Kaizen Institute Rus), 

17:30 – 18:00
Closing Ceremony of Kaizen conference

18:00 –




Supported by

Embassy of Japan in Ukraine

Kaizen Institute Ukraine

Japan International Cooperation



Ukraine-Japan Center



International Management

Institute (MIM-Kyiv)

Ukrainian Project

Management Association

Kharkiv Chamber of

Commerce and Industry

Vinnitsa Chamber of

Commerce and Industry

International Institute of



MBA Kids

Center of Financial Mediation

Web-studio BRAINLAB