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Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata

A free webinar plus Q&A with Mike Rother, researcher, lean thought leader, author of Toyota Kata, co-author of the workbooks Learning to See and Creating Continuous Flow, — all winners of Shingo Research Awards

June 28, 2012, from 2:00 PM EDT to 3:00 PM EDT
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One key to continuous improvement is developing the ability to navigate the challenges and uncertainties that stand between your current state and where you want to be next. For example, consider this statement with regard to just about any lean tool or objective: We know how a pull system works, but we don’t know what will make your pull system work.

The reason teams often don't step into that grey zone is that our brains naturally prefer a pre-defined path and ready solutions. But if an answer is already known up front then it's probably not going to provide much competitive advantage.

Kata siteIn this short, free webinar, lean researcher and thought leader Mike Rother will explore a bit of improvement kata thinking. A kata is a well-rehearsed routine that becomes second nature, and the improvement kata is a routine for how you and your team can strive ahead systematically and scientifically every day. The improvement kata is a practice pattern to develop an effective thinking pattern.

Learn about the improvement kata and how to be a better coach with the resources at LEI’s new kata site.

Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata
with Mike Rother
2:00 PM EDT Time Zone Conversion
estimated duration: one hour register

About the Presenter:

Mike Rother

Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. He is co-author of two LEI workbooks, Learning to See: value-stream mapping to add value and eliminate muda, which received a Shingo Research Prize in 1999 and Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates, which received a Shingo prize in 2003. He co-developed the accompanying Training to See kit that teaches facilitators how to run value-stream mapping workshops. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill), which received a Shingo prize in 2011. Mike's 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.