Toyota Kata

Continuous Improvement with Scientific Thinking

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Tues, 28th May, 2019

What is Toyota Kata About?

Toyota Kata is about using scientific thinking methods to get to your ultimate goal in small, achievable steps (scientists call them experiments!) after each test it’s time to review, then figure out the next steps, but the key is that you should do it quickly and in a structured manner.

Publication of Mike Rother's book “Toyota Kata” in 2009 was the beginning of a different way of thinking about and deploying Lean. Today many organizations have made the practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata a part of daily work. This helps organisations develop the capability of their people while simultaneously achieving challenging goals.

  • How do we keep the improvements going?
  • How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us toward strategic goals?
  • How can we work to develop solutions scientifically, instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

Changing Habits

When you want to change something, it can be a little tricky, you keep slipping into old habits. Solving problems can also be tricky especially if your habit is to jump right into doing the fix of the big problem and assuming it’ll work 1st time. Maintaining the habit of continuous improvement, learning as you go, they can be really tricky, especially if your big fix assumption proved to be incorrect! – guess what… that’s OK!


About The Workshop

A business and life move ever faster, change and the need to continuously improve are just constantly with us, yet we struggle to get any meaningful improvement that sticks. A great many continuous improvement programs fail simply because they are focusing only on the big bang or long-term picture or worse jumping to conclusions instead of working on the next small step in the process, that’s not how continuous improvement is meant to work!
Join us for this great hands-on learning workshop on Toyota Kata where we will give an overview of the Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata, which are the underlying fundamentals of a lean continuous improvement program.

Event Address

Spark Place @ Tūranga
(Central City Library), 
60 Cathedral Square,


Tuesday 28th May 2019
9:30am - 11:30am

By using the Improvement & Coaching Kata you will

  • Develop new habits that allow everyone to think differently about problems and goals
  • A way of working, and of working together, that also helps your managers and leaders move to a coaching approach and away from command and control
  • Using scientific thinking as an ingredient to make teams and organizations more effective and successful while at the same time more creative!
  • Move your culture towards one that understands that you need to experiment and adapt to the outcomes, adopting a growth mindset rather than a fixed one.
  • Improve the agility of your organisation by understanding how rapid changes and experiments allow you to change course based on factual learning rather than gut.

Workshop Structure

  • Introduction & Background to Toyota Kata
  • Attendees will be working in teams of 5 to run through practical applications of the Improvement and coaching Kata as they aim to improve their team’s performance on the critical task of reducing the time involved in building a new product.
  • Lessons learned and how to take it back to your organisations.

Who Should Attend

The Improvement and Coaching Kata’s can be used by anyone but it’ll definitely interest:
  • Managers who want to transform their teams into a more agile and creative way of working
  • Those people involved in any type of Continuous improvement activity that want to develop a systematic approach to what they do.
  • People involve din change management and adoption of new processes quickly.
  • Anyone involved in Value Stream who want a structured approach to achieving their future state design
  • School teachers who want to give their pupils the skills of a scientific approach to learning.

Register for the Workshop

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