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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 Lessons Learned at Zingerman's Mail Order
By: The ZMO Team | June 10, 2016
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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
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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
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Bill Costantino's classic explanation of the Improvement Kata is back, now as a video. More »
Kata Puts the "Continuous" in Continuous Improvement
By: By Drew Locher | February 1, 2016
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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 CREATES CULTURE
By: By Tilo Schwarz & LEI Hungary | November 1, 2015
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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 SUMMIT KEYNOTE: JEFF LIKER
By: By Jeffrey Liker | June 1, 2015
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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 »
KATA AT THE PHOTO STUDIO
By: By Elizabeth Wheat, Kyle Muramatsu, Nicole Purrier | March 1, 2015
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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 AT HOME
By: By Jeremiah Davis | February 1, 2015
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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 CASE EXAMPLE - GKN SINTER METALS
By: By Wayne Meyer | July 1, 2014
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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 »
Deploying Improvement Habits: From Starter Kata to Meta-Habits
By: Brandon Brown | September 19, 2018
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Learners using the Kata routine approach every problem with the “skeleton” of the Kata routine, and understand that they are not experimenting to the solution, says Brandon Brown. They use experiments to find obstacles that prevent them from operating in the target condition. More »
Toyota Kata at Zingerman's Mail Order
By: Mike Rother | April 1, 2018
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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 »
Starter Kata for Coaching
By: Mike Rother | January 19, 2018
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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 »
What Too Many Leaders Get Wrong with Coaching Kata
By: Elizabeth Carrington | November 14, 2017
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Think you can dive headfirst into Coaching Kata with your reports? Think again. More »
Summer Kata Video: Example Coaching Cycle
By: Mike Rother | July 14, 2017
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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
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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 »
“You Gotta Kata,” Now What?
By: Craig Stritar | April 19, 2017
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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 »
A Kata Classic
By: Mike Rother | August 4, 2016
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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
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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 »
TOYOTA KATA AT COOKSHACK
By: Stuart Powell & the Cookshack Team | December 2, 2015
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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 »
THE ROLE OF 'CHALLENGE' IN THE IMPROVEMENT KATA
By: By Tyler Fife & Julie Simmons | August 1, 2015
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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 »
HOW KATA FITS IN
By: By Mike Rother and Jeff Liker | December 1, 2014
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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 »
10 RULES FOR FAILING WITH TOYOTA KATA
By: By Karsten Seydel & Mark Rosenthal | November 2, 2014
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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 »
HOW TO DEPLOY THE IMPROVEMENT KATA
By: By Rother, Costantino, Carrington, Aulinger | September 1, 2014
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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 »
THE JEFF LIKER KATA INTERVIEW
By: By Dr. Jeffrey Liker | June 21, 2014
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This month's post is an inspiring 20-minute video that anyone involved in Lean will find beneficial. On the 10th anniversary of his still-bestselling book Jeff Liker discusses the connections between 'The Toyota Way' and 'Toyota Kata,' reflects on lessons learned and points out some pivots that are now underway in the Lean community. More »
MAY THE KATA BE WITH YOU
By: By Alex Thomason | May 4, 2014
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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 »
TOP 10 TOYOTA KATA LESSONS
By: By Michael Lombard | March 16, 2014
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Here are ten terrifically-useful lessons from the ongoing effort to embed Toyota Kata into the culture at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano. More »
SHARPEN YOUR KATA COACHING
By: By Bill Costantino | January 5, 2014
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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 »
HOW TO USE THE IMPROVEMENT KATA FORMS
By: By Richard Green | November 20, 2013
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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 »
THE COACHING KATA CHAIN OF COACHING
By: By Gerd Aulinger, Mike Rother & Mark Rosenthal | August 4, 2013
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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 IMPROVEMENT KATA AT AEROJET
By: By Tyson Ortiz | January 1, 2013
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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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