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Poka-yoke is a Japanese term (poka: mistakes; yokeru: avoid) that means to mistake-proof a process. The goal is to consciously and diligently try to eliminate defects by preventing human errors before they occur or create alarms to warn of potential defects.

For a better understanding of Poka-yoke and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training, Green Belt Training or Lean Training.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Master Black Belt at GoLeanSixSigma.com, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 30 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Marriott International, Inc. build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.
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