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From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition:

Kata:   A kata typically refers to fundamental movements in Japanese martial arts, but can refer to any basic form, routine, or pattern of behavior. Recognizable patterns of behavior and clear expectations make it easy to recognize abnormalities (problems) and also serve as a basis of improvement, setting and attaining higher standards.  In lean management, kata refers to two linked behaviors: improvement kata and coaching kata.  Improvement kata is a repeating four-step routine by which an organization improves and adapts. It makes continuous improvement through the scientific problem-solving method of plan, do, check, act (PDCA) a daily habit. The four steps are:Determine More »
Kata Classics: The Improvement Kata in 10 Minutes
By: By Bill Costantino | April 3, 2016
Presentations
Bill Costantino's classic explanation of the Improvement Kata is back, now as a video. More »
Kata Lessons Learned at ZMO
By: The ZMO Team | June 10, 2016
Presentations
The team at Zingerman's Mail Order shares some lessons-learned from their practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. More »
KATA AT HOME
By: By Jeremiah Davis | February 1, 2015
Presentations
Start 'em Early! Create Scientific Thinkers. The Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata's practice routines for scientific thinking can be applied in business, education and -- as shown in this month's Kata video -- in our personal lives too. The Davis Family shows us how we can use the Improvement Kata pattern with our kids, nephews, nieces, grandkids - right now. Just think how well prepared they will be for life's challenges! More »
KATA AT THE PHOTO STUDIO
By: By Elizabeth Wheat, Kyle Muramatsu, Nicole Purrier | March 1, 2015
Presentations
This month's Kata video is an example of what happens when a team practices a scientific way of working, rather than just trying to implement solutions. Notice the phases of iteration (experimentation) that this photo team experienced as they improved their process to meet a greatly-increasing demand. More »
KATA CASE EXAMPLE - GKN SINTER METALS
By: By Wayne Meyer | July 1, 2014
Presentations
This month's video is a case example of deploying the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata. Wayne Meyer illustrates GKN's application, explains how to get an organization to change and provides highly-useful lessons learned. Be sure to watch the final Q&A portion of the video for extra insights. More »
KATA CREATES CULTURE
By: By Tilo Schwarz & LEI Hungary | November 1, 2015
Presentations
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 »
Kata Konfusion
By: Chet Marchwinski | January 20, 2015
Articles
Author and LEI faculty member Drew Locher explains why it is important when using the kata improvement methodology to not focus solely on key performance indicators. More »
Kata Puts the "Continuous" in Continuous Improvement
By: By Drew Locher | February 1, 2016
Presentations
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 »
Kata Skill at Novice Level
By: By Beth Carrington | May 1, 2016
Presentations
LEI IK/CK instructor Beth Carrington illustrates five common themes when you find yourself at Novice level. More »
KATA SUMMIT KEYNOTE: JEFF LIKER
By: By Jeffrey Liker | June 1, 2015
Presentations
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 »
Improvement Kata / Coaching Kata
Workshops
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 »
Webinar: Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata
By: Mike Rother | June 28, 2012
Videos and Webinars
Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata webinar featuring Mike Rother. More »
“You Gotta Kata,” Now What?
By: Craig Stritar | April 19, 2017
Columns
After executing a plan to incorporate kata into his organization's daily routines, Craig Stritar was surprised to find that nobody had followed through on their learnings. This is the story of his investigation into the problem, plus the countermeasures to what he identified as the root cause. Read more to learn how you can use it to sustain your kata efforts too. More »
10 RULES FOR FAILING WITH TOYOTA KATA
By: By Karsten Seydel & Mark Rosenthal | November 2, 2014
Presentations
Looking for tips to successfully practice the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in your organization? In this month's Kata SlideShare the experienced practitioners Karsten Seydel and Mark Rosenthal describe ten pitfalls to watch for. More »
A Kata Classic
By: Mike Rother | August 4, 2016
Presentations
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 »
Carrington on Kata
By: By Beth Carrington | March 2, 2016
Presentations
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 »
DEVELOP CAPABILITY BY PRACTICING THE IMPROVEMENT KATA
By: By Gerd Aulinger | September 3, 2012
Presentations
This excellent discussion and example of how the Improvement Kata drives improvement, adaptation and innovation is from Gerd Aulinger, a TK Ambassador in Germany. More »
HOW KATA FITS IN
By: By Mike Rother and Jeff Liker | December 1, 2014
Presentations
With this month's SlideShare Mike and Jeff address a common question in the Lean community: "How do the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata fit with our existing improvement process?"Answer: As the SlideShare illustrates, Kata is about developing the essential scientific thinking that underlies Lean practices and Lean results.  And.  .. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO US ALL!  More »
HOW TO DEPLOY THE IMPROVEMENT KATA
By: By Rother, Costantino, Carrington, Aulinger | September 1, 2014
Presentations
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 »
HOW TO USE THE IMPROVEMENT KATA FORMS
By: By Richard Green | November 20, 2013
Presentations
In this SlideShare, Richard Green has annotated the standard IK Storyboard forms with instructions for how to use them.  .. brilliant. You may need to download the file from SlideShare to get the best resolution for reading the instructions in this how-to guideline. More »
Improvement Kata Experience
Workshops
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
Workshops
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 »
IMPROVEMENT KATA SHIPYARD EXAMPLE
By: By Tadas Pukšta | July 9, 2012
Presentations
An example of the Improvement Kata in action at a shipyard in Lithuania. More »
MAY THE KATA BE WITH YOU
By: By Alex Thomason | May 4, 2014
Presentations
This month's IK/CK SlideShare takes a Star Wars perspective and describes key errors that IK Coaches should watch for and correct in their Learners. More »
SHARPEN YOUR KATA COACHING
By: By Bill Costantino | January 5, 2014
Presentations
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 »
Starter Kata for Coaching
By: Mike Rother | January 19, 2018
Presentations
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 »
Summer Kata Video: Example Coaching Cycle
By: Mike Rother | July 14, 2017
Presentations
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 »
THE COACHING KATA CHAIN OF COACHING
By: By Gerd Aulinger, Mike Rother & Mark Rosenthal | August 4, 2013
Presentations
There's a lot of interest in what the Coach/Learner dialog looks like when it's extended across all levels of an organization. It's useful to have a picture of what you're working toward, which is what this SlideShare shows you. Also see: http://theleanthinker.  com/2013/08/18/the-struggle/ More »
THE FIVE COACHING KATA QUESTIONS
By: By Mike Rother | June 1, 2012
Presentations
The Five Questions are a pattern and routine that's central to coaching the Improvement Kata. More »
THE IMPROVEMENT KATA AT AEROJET
By: By Tyson Ortiz | January 1, 2013
Presentations
Aerojet explains how they're using VSM + the Improvement Kata to connect daily process improvement with the organization's strategy. More »
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