You're reading...

Improvement Kata: what Lean Leaders need to know

I’m a big fan of Mike Rother’s “Learning To See” toolkit which explains how to do Value Stream Mapping.  His website has some brilliant resources, all focused on Toyota Kata, a management method that underpins continuous improvement.

Kata are teaching routines used to preserve and pass on know-how. Through practice, the pattern of a kata becomes second nature – done with little conscious attention – and readily available.  It’s equivalent to “Unconsious Competence” in the Learning Steps Model.

If you’re into Lean, the Improvement Kata is the context within which Toyota’s lean tools were intended to be applied.  Without it you won’t get continuous improvement.  For an introduction to the Improvement Kata, review Mike’s presentation below (or view it on Slideshare).


Comments are closed.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 598 other followers

Connect with Ian Seath

Find us on Facebook Improvement Skills Consulting Ltd. on LinkedIn Follow IanJSeath on Twitter


Copyright Notice

© Improvement Skills Consulting Ltd. and Ian Seath, 2007-20. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Improvement Skills Consulting Ltd. and Ian Seath with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

%d bloggers like this: