Knowledge Center: Presentations (84)

VSM and Toyota Kata
By: Mike Rother | April 15, 2019
Give us 20 years and we'll learn a lot! This month's Kata SlideShare features perspectives from Mike Rother and Jeff Liker on the 20th Anniversary of the 'Learning to See' book. Useful input for anyone who utilizes VSM. More »
Learning a New Skill II - The Learning Curve
By: Mike Boyd | January 14, 2019
This month's 10-minute TK video (by Mike Boyd and his wife) is a clever visual description of the typical learning curve we go through in acquiring any new skill – whether it's juggling, or practicing Starter Kata for scientific thinking. Skip the ad at the end. More »
Learning a New Skill
By: Mike Boyd | November 12, 2018
This month's 5-minute TK video is about deliberate practice for learning new skills. Specifically, Mike Boyd summarizes tips from his practice, which line up perfectly with Toyota Kata. Enjoy, and, well, feel the burn as you learn. More »
VSM + TK: Navigating to your desired future
By: EMS Strategies | September 10, 2018
A short video by emsstrategies.  com to address the issue that once you've drawn a future-state map, how do you effectively move from current to future state? We need a sense of direction or challenge, which VSM can help provide, but we also need some scientific-thinking skills for navigating our way there. VSM is a way to define direction, and practicing Toyota Kata develops your skills to get there. More »
Toyota Kata at Zingerman's Mail Order
By: Mike Rother | April 1, 2018
This month's Toyota Kata video is about the early days of TK practice at Zingerman's Mail Order. Decision-making can be moved more to the teams in an organization, if that's combined with teaching people a scientific way of making decisions and navigating. Practicing the starter routines of TK helps develop scientific-thinking skills and mindset. More »
Mindset and the Andon Cord
By: Mike Rother | March 4, 2018
When it comes to Andon, we like to talk about visual management, fast response, supporting employees, and other technical aspects. Yet a fundamental mindset underlying the Andon system may be an acceptance and even enjoyment of the unpredictable nature of everday life. With such a mindset it might actually seem odd to not have an Andon cord! More »
Starter Kata for Coaching
By: Mike Rother | January 19, 2018
The latest Kata SlideShare (and embedded 8-minute video) traces an arc of practice and learning of coaching skill. Establish a baseline of fundamental skills, and then build on them to advance your coaching skill development. More »
Phases of Practice
By: Pierre Nadeau | October 8, 2017
Pierre Nadeau of soulsmithing.  com talks about learning new skills, and phases of learning called "Shu Ha Ri.  " Those phases are only theoretical landmarks, of course, but thinking of them provides a useful sense of how skill progression often works. More »
Summer Kata Video: Example Coaching Cycle
By: Mike Rother | July 14, 2017
The five Coaching Kata questions are just the main headings for a coaching cycle, and prompts to help reveal how the learner is thinking — so the coach can give appropriate, situational feedback. This video includes clarifying questions, discussion, and feedback between the five Coaching Kata questions. Please excuse the poor audio. More »
Toyota Kata Practice - Run Charts
By: Tony Webster | May 4, 2017
Tony Webster provides an excellent 15-minute video guide for creating and using run charts, which are an essential practice in the Improvement Kata. More »
The Future of Continuous Improvement
By: Jeremiah Davis | April 2, 2017
"Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.  "(From: Bertrand Russell's Ten Commandments of Teaching) More »
Cracking the Talent Code
By: Dan Coyle | January 20, 2017
This month's installment is a fuzzy video by a sharp guy. Author Dan Coyle talks about how we acquire new skills, with implications for training, coaching and organizational change. More »
Thinking About Thinking
By: AsapSCIENCE & Mike Rother | December 4, 2016
Don't believe everything you think. Practice scientific thinking and test your assumptions, because every step is an experiment! More »
Scientific Thinking for Everyone
By: Mike Rother | November 4, 2016
Scientific thinking is not difficult, it's just not our default mode. Anyone can learn to think more scientifically, by practicing the simple Starter Kata routines of the Improvement Kata. More »
Coaches Give Corrective Feedback
By: Sentis Brain Animation Series | October 3, 2016
Why do Toyota managers coach their learners? This month's two-minute video from the Sentis Brain Animation series partially answers that question. More »
Baby Steps for Behavior Change
By: BJ Fogg | September 5, 2016
Don't start with a 20-mile run! Effective change often begins with small tweaks to behavior, which build on one another and grow self-efficacy in the Learner. You can explain a different behavior, but abstract goals and information generally don’t work if they aren’t tied to specific behaviors -- or "Starter Kata" -- that can be practiced by the beginner. More »
A Kata Classic
By: Mike Rother | August 4, 2016
The research that led to the book Toyota Kata ran from 2004 - 2009. The objective was to gain a deeper understanding of how Toyota manages people in order to achieve continuous improvement and adaptation, and what it will take to develop that in non-Toyota organizations. More »
Where Does Our Curiosity Go?
By: Mike Rother | July 1, 2016
As children we seem to be naturally curious and try things in a kind of scientific manner, but as we get older our exploratory mindset seems to fade. Why does this happen? More »
Kata Lessons Learned at Zingerman's Mail Order
By: The ZMO Team | June 10, 2016
The team at Zingerman's Mail Order shares some lessons-learned from their practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. More »
Kata Skill at Novice Level
By: By Beth Carrington | May 1, 2016
LEI IK/CK instructor Beth Carrington illustrates five common themes when you find yourself at Novice level. More »
Kata Classics: The Improvement Kata in 10 Minutes
By: By Bill Costantino | April 3, 2016
Bill Costantino's classic explanation of the Improvement Kata is back, now as a video. More »
Carrington on Kata
By: By Beth Carrington | March 2, 2016
In this 17-minute video, LEI Instructor Beth Carrington describes how practicing the routines of the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata helps you align your organization, make innovation (large and small) happen at every level, and ensure that teams work toward goals in a systematic, scientific way. More »
Kata Puts the "Continuous" in Continuous Improvement
By: By Drew Locher | February 1, 2016
In this 6-minute video, Drew Locher of Change Management Associates makes the 'Case for Kata’ by explaining what it takes for teams to develop the skills and habits of Continuous Improvement culture, and how practicing the routines of the IK and CK helps you do that. More »
Habits for Continuous Learning and Improvement
By: By Håkan Forss | January 3, 2016
What routines can you practice to develop a culture -- a habit -- of continuous improvement? The Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata! In this 12-minute video, Agile Coach (and Lego fan) Håkan Forss illustrates how “Excellence is not an act, but a habit.  ” More »
By: Stuart Powell & the Cookshack Team | December 2, 2015
Stuart Powell and his team at Cookshack in Ponca City, Oklahoma strive to differentiate Cookshack from competitors by strategically applying the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata routines and practicing them daily. More »
By: By Tilo Schwarz & LEI Hungary | November 1, 2015
Tilo Schwarz and his team at Festool (Germany) used practice of the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata routines to make improvement part of everyone's daily work, and earned two European operational excellence awards in the process. In this 30-minute presentation from LEI Hungary's Lean Summit, Tilo shows how IK+CK is a management system that increases scientific problem solving ability through practice of specific behaviors. LEI Hungary is the newest Lean Global Network member. More »
IK/CK at Modine
By: Modine Manufacturing Company | October 4, 2015
Modine Manufacturing views practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata as a way to lead, manage and develop people.  .. in order to drive continuous improvement and achieve desired results. Modine has been practicing Kata for several years and adopted the IK/CK routines into daily management via its Modine Production System. More »
By: Narrated by Alan Watts | September 1, 2015
Scientific thinking is about the limits of logical efforts. We organize and plan and try to create ideal situations, yet the larger picture is not accessible to us. The mind maneuvers, craves, thinks and plans how to obtain what we want and avoid what we don't like. But we can't control the future that way because there are too many factors. Every step we take is an interesting experiment. (Animation by Steve Agnos.  ) More »
By: By Tyler Fife & Julie Simmons | August 1, 2015
The first step of the Improvement Kata, "Understand the Direction or Challenge," is often overlooked, yet it is the important context for the three steps that follow. In this Summer's Kata video, Tyler Fife of BiAmp Systems in Portland, OR defines what a Challenge is, how it fits in and what happens when you skip over this step of the IK pattern. Future-State Mapping is one good way to define your Challenge. More »
By: By Jeffrey Liker | June 1, 2015
In this 16-minute video from February's Kata Summit, Professor Jeff Liker gives a revealing personal discussion of Toyota Kata from the perspective of his long-term study of Toyota. It's an informative presentation for anyone in the Lean community. More »
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