The Toyota Kata Journey — Daily Practice for Scientific Thinking, Mindset and Culture

Thursday, March 7
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, Toyota Kata Coaches will discuss research findings that are the foundation of the Toyota Kata book series. In addition, local Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers and a manufacturing client will share their Toyota 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 Improvement Kata in daily work, so it becomes part of an organization’s culture

Attendees will participate in a 90-minute exercise modeling each step of the Improvement Kata pattern.

Presented by: Jeff Kopenitz, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, Director, Advanced Manufacturing & Training & Education, Lean Master, Shingijutsu Japan, Bill Kraus, Manager of Client Services, Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Manufacturing Solutions and Dan Mickelson, Manager of Client Services, Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Manufacturing Solutions

This session is not included in any registration package — it is available for purchase separately. To ensure an effective learning experience, session attendance is limited to 100 participants.