Toyota Kata

Are you searching for the answer to, "How can our continuous improvement process survive and thrive?" Toyota Kata addresses this challenge providing the framework for a sustainable problem solving culture incorporating targeted experimentation and personal learning utilizing two specific behavior routines or katas. First, the Improvement Kata is a repeating routine of establishing challenging target conditions, working step-by-step through obstacles and learning from problems encountered along the way. Second, the Coaching Kata is a pattern of teaching the improvement kata to employees at every level, ensuring that it permeates their thinking and actions. If you are seeking a better way to lead, manage and develop people to produce continuous improvements with superior results, Toyota Kata is for you.

Course Objectives
  • Utilize the Toyota Kata methodology of Coaching Kata and Improvement Kata to coach for daily continuous improvement (CI)
  • Learn a four-step, iterative PDCA routine for addressing obstacles to achieving short-term conditions aligned with a long-term vision/challenge
  • Get a daily routine- Coaching Kata - for teaching the Improvement kata thinking pattern
  • Participate in an interactive simulation to understand the integration of Toyota Kata components
  • Sustain your continuous improvement efforts
  • Understand how the Toyota Kata trajectory components (vision/challenge, current condition, target condition, obstacles, PDCAs and coaching) come together

Course Outline
  • Presentation of the Toyota Kata Methodology
  • Participation in the Improvement Kata simulation in order to bring the Kata process material “to life” as team members PDCA their way through the Kata process en route toward a Challenge and Target Conditions.
  • Experiencing a Coaching Kata session that makes clear how the Learner, 1st Coach and 2nd Coach interact so effectively.
  • Explanation and examples linking Vision, achievable Challenges and short term Target Conditions, in addition to the planning necessary with an Advance Group Overview

Class Outline
  • Welcome & introductions
  • Kata Overview
  • Understand the Direction
  • Grasp the Current Condition
  • Establish the Target Condition
  • Round 1 Simulation – Grasp the Current Condition (block diagrams, obstacles, exit cycle times, run charts, Pc/t, CC)
  • PDCA Cycles toward the Target Condition
  • Coach leads 1st PDCA cycle w/5Qs
  • Round 2 Simulation – First Improvement
  • Round 3 Simulation (1st PDCA on a selected Obstacle); Report Out
  • Coaching Kata
  • Round 4 Simulation (A new Learner and Coach from the class run a 3rd PDCA on a selected Obstacle; Repeat or other Learners)
  • Reviews Coaching using 5 Q’s; Coach and a Learner from the class run a 2nd PDCA
  • Q&A

For more information about Toyota Kata Contact:

Tai Boos; 334.844.3890;