Mike Rother Mike is the a co-author of Learning to See, the workbook that introduced value-stream mapping, and he co-developed the Training to See kit that teaches facilitators how to run value-stream mapping workshops. He is also the co-author of Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill). Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher, consultant, and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike began his career in the manufacturing division of Thyssen AG in Germany. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and Cologne, Germany.
Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata This site is a community laboratory for deliberate practice, where people align to master the fine points of coaching continuous improvement. This is a place to share ideas and experiences from the daily repetition of the improvement kata and view slideshares from the kata contibutors. Contributors include Mike Rother plus Gerd Aulinger, Beth Carrington, Bill Costantino, Emiel van Est, Meryl Runion, and Jeff Uitenbroek.
Improvement Kata / Coaching Kata Days 1-2 of the Improvement Kata Workshop use an iterative combination of "Presentation > Experiential Exercise > Discussion" to provide you with initial first-hand experience with the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. Participants will better understand what is involved in deploying lean-style improvement-skill development and how to do it every day in their organizations. Day 3 is a Practioner Day that dovetails with the previous two-day session by providing Improvement Kata deployment methodologies and practical experiences from the field in a structured and facilitated question-and-answer format. Three business leaders will share their successes and failures with the Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata approach.