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.
In this workshop, you will learn about two
specific behavior routines, or kata. First, 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,
Coaching Kata is a pattern of teaching Improvement Kata to employees at every
level, ensuring that it permeates their thinking and actions. Participation in
the Improvement Kata simulation makes it easy to understand how the Toyota Kata
components come together. The
interactive simulation brings Kata “to life” as team members systematically improve
their way through the Kata steps toward a target condition.
If you are
seeking a better way to lead, manage and develop people to produce continuous
improvements with superior results, this session is for you. Briefly put –
Toyota Kata channels and utilizes the capabilities of all its team members
better than we do with our traditional management methods allowing us to
achieve superior results!
completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Apply The Improvement Kata: A scientific 4-step iterative Plan-Do-Check-Act routine that addresses only those obstacles on the path leading to the achievement of short term Target Conditions that are in line with a long term Vision & Challenge
Understand The Coaching Kata: A daily routine utilizing 5 Coaching Kata Questions to teach and embed the Improvement Kata thinking pattern
Recognize the need for alignment of the Vision, Challenge and Target Condition to focus improvement activities
Embrace a process for long term Team Member development
NOTE: This workshop is offered in conjunction with
the MWCC's 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference.
If you do not plan to attend the conference, register for the workshop
here. If you will be at the conference, you
can add this workshop to your registration for an additional fee. More information and registration for the
Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference is available at www.regonline.com/2013midatlanticleanconference.
Brown serves as SE Board Member from The Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Brandon received a Masters in Engineering
from the University of Arkansas and brings 15 years manufacturing and
engineering experience to the AMS staff. Prior to joining AMS Brandon worked in
Operations with Central States Manufacturing and has served as a visiting
professor at the University of Arkansas teaching Operations Management
courses. He has spent the past three
year working with companies implementing Lean and Toyota Kata.
Czarnecki serves Auburn Technical Assistance Center’s Team Leader for Lean
manufacturing activities. His primary focus includes training, facilitating and
coaching in the areas of Lean Manufacturing, Training Within Industry and
Toyota Kata. He is a core member of the Alabama Operations Management Institute
charged with implementing a holistic production system for Alabama Automotive
Suppliers. He is also past president of
the Southeast region of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.