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I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that something is broken and needs fixing. All help is appreciated.

  • There's a word that has been borrowed from Japanese to describe continuous process improvement in manufacturing, "kaizen". I can't yet think of a single English word that describes the concept. – John D Nov 24 '14 at 22:06
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    Progress: movement, as toward a goal; advance. – user66974 Nov 24 '14 at 22:12
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    @JohnD I think that kaizen is now a valid English word, and you should post that as an answer. – 200_success Nov 24 '14 at 22:40
  • Would evolution or iteration fit within the context? – Alo Nov 24 '14 at 23:17
  • Cast down your bucket where you are. – TRomano Nov 24 '14 at 23:27
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There's a word that has been borrowed from Japanese to describe continuous process improvement in manufacturing, "kaizen". I'm posting this as an answer based on the suggestion in the comments, and the fact that it is in several of the English dictionaries that I checked.

  • a business philosophy or system that is based on making positive changes on a regular basis, as to improve productivity.

Ngram: kaizen.

(from dictionary.reference.com)

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