Mike is co-author of two groundbreaking LEI workbooks, Learning to See: value-stream mapping to add value and eliminate muda, which received a Shingo Research Award in 1999 and Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates, which received a Shingo Award in 2003. Mike's recent books are Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill), Toyota Kata Culture, and the forthcoming Toyota Kata Practice Guide.
Mike is an engineer, researcher, and teacher on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, Stuttgart, and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams and organizations, shares his findings widely, and is in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.
Excellent book Mike! Easily my new favorite Lean book as it clearly breaks down the missing ingredients to making Continuous Improvement work. Considering that 70% of all CI initiatives fail, this is a much-needed piece as it demonstrates that developing problem-solving capability across your company is more powerful than randomly deploying tools. I highly recommend for anyone looking to get greater results and truly cares about the development of the people doing the work and their leaders.
I met Mike briefly at a Katacon in Atlanta a few months ago. Great guy, great conference. Really helped me put more perspective around how to approach CI and want to get move involved in the KATA community.
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- 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.