DOJO Room (अखाडा )

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”– Benjamin Franklin


In the marriage function, before going ahead with the mass production of food, a small portion of the food is prepared and tasted. Based on the response, further food is prepared. Something similar happens in the wineries too, wherein there are professional wine tasters whose job is to taste and approve the wine before mass production.

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DOJO is a place to practice. This is a Japanese word meaning ‘let’s do it.’ The DOJO centre mainly focuses on imparting practical training, simulated training & game training for a specific process in manufacturing.

This article will cover what is DOJO Centre, the goal of the DOJO centre, why it important, who can provide the training, how to provide the training and the possible benefits. Once you read this blog, you will understand the advantages of DOJO Centre and how to implement it at your workplace successfully.

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Competence (ISO 9000: 2015, Cl 3.10.4): Ability to apply knowledge and skills to achieve intended results

Skill (ISO 30401: 2018, Cl 3.30): Learned capacity to perform a task to a specified expectation

Knowledge (ISO 30401: 2018, Cl 3.25): Human or organizational asset enabling effective decisions and actions in the context

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Detailed Information

What is DOJO?

DOJO means “a place of the way” in Japanese. Vernacularly speaking, DOJO is a place to train in martial arts such as Kendo, Judo, Aikido and so on. In a manufacturing context, a DOJO centre is a place for gaining the skill, understanding the organization’s shop floor environment and thoroughly preparing the team members, especially the fresh ones (operator and staff), before they take on their responsibility on the manufacturing shopfloors.

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Goal of a DOJO Centre?

The primary goal behind DOJO is to benchmark quality efficiencies so that zero-defect products can be created and supplied to customers.

In a DOJO centre, a worker is trained again and again systematically in a particular task using replica models or mock-ups till he or she perfects the task. Safety culture is inculcated since the beginning. Experienced trainers, help the new operators gain confidence and correct them each time. An effort to replicate exact working conditions inside a shopfloor is also made so that the learner feels at ease when he joins work after his training. Ideally, a fresh worker is trained for 9-10 days before he joins the shop floor. An assessment test conducted at the end of the training helps measure the impact of training. Re-skilling of existing workforce helps in refreshing the manufacturing concepts and also in educating about new technological advancements. The DOJO centre also provides theory lessons in basic concepts of manufacturing apart from a brief overview of the company and its culture. Knowledge about the company helps the worker stay connected. The main thrust of the DOJO training remains on-job training sessions.

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Why is DOJO Centre Required?

After completing the qualification, when the personnel joins any organization (staff or operator), generally they have theoretical knowledge. Moreover, even if a person is joining with some industrial experience (Electronic Industry), it may not be relevant to that industry (Fabrication process). Also in case of job rotation, the DOJO centre helps the operator to learn a new skill.

The main thrust of DOJO training remains OJT (on-job training) sessions. DOJO centre helps the employees to understand the nuances of that organization wrt to the manufacturing process. Moreover, with the fast-changing technology, it helps the employees to learn new skills (COBO: Collaborative Robots), the latest technologies (Industry 4.0: IoT, Artificial Intelligence), refresh their existing skills (tightening, assembling, material handling) and amend the existing wrong practices (5S).   

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Who Provides the DOJO training?

Qualified personnel of Production, Quality, Maintenance, Safety and Management Systems

How DOJO training is Provided (Examples):

In any organization, there may be a variety in which a new joiner should understand that they can gel with the company’s culture and way of working. There are 8 key aspects that can be covered in the DOJO centre.

  1. About Company: Organogram, roles, responsibility & authority, Policies
  2. Safety: What is Safety, Why safety is important, different aspects of safety like fire, how to follow safety practices, what to do in case of emergency, applicable legal Requirements
  3. 5 Senses: Sight, Smell, Sound, Taste and Touch
  4. Product: Type of product, Customers, subassemblies, impact on the end customer
  5. Manufacturing Process: Different production activities, Abnormality handling, how to read work instructions, 4M change, How to deal with NC, identification and traceability, process flow
  6. Product Quality: Customer requirement, Poison Test, Fitment, Function
  7. Machine Maintenance: Preventive, Predictive, Breakdown, Overhaul, CLIT
  8. Quality System: Quality Policy, Business Plan, Performance Indicators

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Benefits of DOJO Centre:

  • Create a muscle memory
  • Develops safety culture
  • Initiates the concept of error prevention
  • Producing consistent quality
  • Understanding about productivity
  • Enhances employee morale

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Industry Challenges:

  • How often the organizations are serious about effectively implementing the training in the DOJO Room?
  • How often the operators and staff are serious about understanding and learning during the training in the DOJO centre?
  • How often there is a systematic mechanism to monitor the effectiveness of the DOJO training?

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ISO 9001: 2015

ISO 9002: 2016

ISO 9004: 2018

IATF 16949: 2016

Industry Experts

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Neelabh Singh
Neelabh Singh
1 year ago

Beautifully explained in simple words. Thank you so much for your efforts to share your knowledge with the community.