Lean 201: The Kata Journey — Daily Practice for Scientific Thinking, Mindset and Culture

Special Session
Thursday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Earlier approaches to lean focused on describing techniques at Toyota, but this is not how people acquire new ways of thinking and acting. Toyota Kata concentrates on developing scientific thinking skills and mindsets — and modifying an organization's culture — through a process of daily practice coached by line managers. Improvement Kata (IK) and Coaching Kata (CK) make the process transferrable beyond Toyota, to any organization.

Kata are structured routines practiced deliberately, so their pattern becomes a habit and leaves you with new skills on which to build. Practicing IK/CK does not displace current improvement methods — it builds foundational skills to make you better at any method used.

In this session, Mike Rother will discuss research findings that are the foundation of the Toyota Kata book series. In addition, Arkansas Manufacturing Extension Partnership and a manufacturing client will share their Kata journey.

Takeaways include:

  • Understanding how individuals, teams and organizations develop new skills and mindsets
  • A four-step pattern for establishing target conditions and working scientifically through obstacles
  • A pattern for managers to follow in teaching IK in daily work, so it becomes part of an organization’s culture

Attendees will have the chance to participate in a 90-minute exercise modeling each step of the IK pattern.

Presented by: Brad Dye, Production Supervisor, Nice-Pak Products Inc.; Tim Hall, Process Trainer, Nice-Pak Products Inc.; Bill Kraus, Manager of Client Services, AEDC-MS; Dan Mickelson, Manager of Client Services, AEDC-MS; and Mike Rother, Independent Researcher, Rother & Company

Ticket required. This session is not included in any registration package — it is only available separately. In order to ensure an effective learning experience, session attendance is limited to 60 participants. Course includes a working lunch.