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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 »
The Future of Continuous Improvement
By: Jeremiah Davis | April 2, 2017
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »
Where Does Our Curiosity Go?
By: Mike Rother | July 1, 2016
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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 ZMO
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 »
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 »
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 »
Habits for Continuous Learning and Improvement
By: By Håkan Forss | January 3, 2016
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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 »
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 »
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 »
IK/CK at Modine
By: Modine Manufacturing Company | October 4, 2015
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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 »
THE CHINESE FARMER
By: Narrated by Alan Watts | September 1, 2015
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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 »
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 »
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 »
WE ARE ALL APPRENTICES
By: By Destin Sandlin | May 2, 2015
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Don't assume that your narrative is reality. Practice the Improvement Kata pattern to learn scientific thinking! Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day taught himself to ride a backward-steering bicycle. It took months of practice. Then he tried to go back to riding a normal bicycle.  .. 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 »
WHAT IS LEAN ABOUT?
By: By Mike Rother & Jeff Liker | January 4, 2015
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The Kata SlideShare for January presents some thoughts (and video) as we in the Lean community mark the 25th Anniversary of the introduction of Lean as a paradigm in 'The Machine that Changed the World.  ' There have been many definitions of Lean, but the cool idea of "Humans striving to better flow value to a customer" is a mindset that perhaps underlies all of them. 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 »
EUROPEAN LEAN EDUCATOR CONFERENCE REMARKS
By: By Mike Rother | October 5, 2014
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This month's SlideShare is composed of the slides and comments Mike Rother presented at the recent 'European Lean Educator Conference', which are relevant to anyone who wants to teach or learn scientific thinking. 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 »
TWO MINDSET OBSTACLES TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING
By: By Carrington, Costantino, Liker, Rother | July 24, 2014
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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 »
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