PDCA is a continuous improvement technique that stands for plan, do, check and act. It involves proposing a change in a process, implementing the change, measuring the results, and taking appropriate action. This way PDCA ca be used as a kaizen initiative.
Plan: Leaders set targets against a stable baseline of performance.
Do: Teams implement improvements to achieve the targets.
Check: The teams measure the change to evaluate performance against the target.
Act: If the team has achieved a measurable gain, it standardises the new method by updating the standardised work.