Toyota Kata 3-Day Field Course
Toyota Kata is the practice of daily continuous improvement that has been at the heart of the Toyota Production System for decades. Revealed by the research and writing of Mike Rother, Toyota Kata helps groups make great strides toward developing systematic problem-solving for all employees, building coaching and development skills, enabling self-direction, and creating a culture of daily continuous improvement.
This three-day hands-on course provides the best way to learn the Improvement Kata (IK) and the Coaching Kata (CK): working with real processes in an actual work environment. Following a one-day introduction to IK/CK, two days are devoted to combining training with practice: Participants work in groups of 4-6, with each group focused on a specific process at the host facility. Facilitators deliver a brief training segment and the participant teams immediately apply and practice concepts at the worksite.
The IK/CK routines you will practice are:
1. Understand the Direction. Practicing should be related to real business needs and organizational objectives. Improvement is not a theoretical exercise, and IK/CK practice is more effective when it involves meeting actual challenges and goals.
2. Grasp the Current Condition. Understanding the Current Condition relative to the overarching Direction is done through the systematic steps of Process Analysis (PA). PA is a routine/kata that enables anyone to quickly define the process capability and pattern of work.
3. Establish the Next Target Condition. Developing a Target Condition, with an achieve-by date, is an objective that will stretch you and require experimentation, discovery and new learning in order to be achieved.
4. Iterate Toward the Target Condition. In this step, you conduct experiments against obstacles to gain further knowledge and improve the process in the direction of the Target Condition.
5. Daily Coaching Cycles. These cycles are where the Learner works iteratively toward the Target Condition. It is a systematic routine for structured dialogue between the Coach and Learner. The Coach uses the Coaching Kata to provide procedural guidance and adjust the Learner's practice, as necessary.
Facilitators for the course:
Michele McLaughlin has over 15 years of lean and process improvement experience. Focusing on the Toyota Kata management routine, Michele helps managers develop the skills to solve real-world problems using the Toyota Kata approach. Michele is a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute and an instructor for the University of Michigan's Toyota Kata course, the College of Engineering's Lean Certification program, and other courses. Michele was also an instructor in Ford Motor Company's Lean Resource Center.
Jeff Fuchs has over 15 years of lean experience. Since 2008, Jeff has served as Director of the Maryland World Class Consortia, helping member organizations understand lean methods. He is the past chairman of the oversight committee managing the SME/AME/Shingo Institute/ASQ Lean Certification and is the primary instructor of a Lean Leader Certification course designed to meet the requirements of the Lean Bronze Certification standard. Jeff is an active advocate and coach for groups seeking to understand and apply the Toyota Kata method.
Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon refreshment will be provided on each day. Please contact us with any special dietary requirements.
Close-toed shoes are required in Hamilton Associates production area. Other PPE will be provided, as necessary.