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.

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.