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William Costantino

William Costantino

Senior Partner, W3 Group
Bill.C@W3GroupLLC.com
Bill Costantino was one of the very first employees at Toyota's Georgetown, KY auto plant where he worked as a Group Leader for seven years. He has subsequently worked for the last 17 years as an independent consultant, supporting companies making the transition to more lean ways of operating. He has consulted extensively across a wide range of clients in diverse industries. For the last 2 years, Bill has been collaborating closely with Mike Rother, author of "Toyota Kata". Mike & Bill have developed and now co-lead a three-day professional development workshop with the University of Michigan, teaching the underlying philosophy and critical routines of the Toyota Kata approach to management. Bill is also an LEI Toyota Kata instructor.
Articles by William Costantino
Kata Classics: The Improvement Kata in 10 Minutes
Bill Costantino's classic explanation of the Improvement Kata is back, now as a video. More »
HOW TO DEPLOY THE IMPROVEMENT KATA
This month's IK/CK SlideShare is a detailed description of how to deploy a Coach/Learner structure in your organization, to teach people the scientific patterns of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. We've been evolving this SlideShare based on our experiences since it was first posted in 2011. Use it as a guide for your own deployment efforts! More »
TWO MINDSET OBSTACLES TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING
This SlideShare looks at two common mindsets that can prevent us from learning new skills. A team or organization that wants to develop a culture of continuous improvement will do well to use some structured practice routines -- Kata -- for developing people's scientific skills, especially at the beginning. More »
SHARPEN YOUR KATA COACHING
Here are five easy techniques to improve your coaching when using the 5 Coaching Kata Questions. This is a SlideCast, so turn your speakers on and click 'Play.  ' More »
GET BETTER AT ACHIEVING LEAN GOALS
We often mistake confident predictions and plans for accurate ones. But the more humility we have about our predictions, the more successfully we can iterate our way to the future. More »
5 QUESTIONS TO ACTIVATE YOUR TEAM
Use the 5 Question card daily to systematically create forward motion in your team. More »
TK UNIFIED FIELD THEORY
This 11-minute audio SlideCast provides a terrific explanation of the Improvement Kata. It's almost like having Bill come to your location. Turn on your speakers and click the 'play' button. More »
Workshops Taught by William Costantino
Improvement Kata / Coaching Kata What is a Kata? A kata is a pattern you practice to learn a skill and mindset. Through practice the pattern of a kata becomes second nature - done with little conscious attention - and readily available. Examples are riding a bicycle, driving a car, typing. People who have learned to drive don't think much about using the car's controls. They focus on navigating the road ahead. More »
Improvement Kata Experience This interactive experiential workshop offers the content and activities from Day 1 of our three-day Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata program with the intent to demonstrate two core Kata routines through hands-on practice. More »
Improvement Kata Seminar This interactive experiential workshop offers the content and activities from Day 2 of our three-day Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata program with the intent to help you understand and begin practicing a systematic routine for continuously improving the work you do. More »