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 LEAN SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE

Hitting Your Target With Kata

Presenter:   Leigh Ann Schildmeier, Founder & President, Park Avenue Solutions, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Keywords:Toyota Kata, Problem-Solving, Continuous Improvement

Industry: Healthcare

Level: Basic

ABSTRACT

Have your Lean or Six Sigma programs lost momentum? How do we engage everyone in problem-solving? Toyota Kata addresses these challenges, providing the framework for a sustainable problem- solving culture by incorporating targeted experimentation and personal learning. Based on Mike Rother’s “Toyota Kata,” the methodology that teaches scientific thinking is a life skill, this workshop outlines the fundamentals of the Kata methodology and demonstrates how the Improvement Kata can help you reach your targets. Participants will re- learn scientific thinking in a simple, fun, interactive exercise. *The Next Evolution in Lean* Toyota Kata has arisen as the next evolution of Lean, a methodology that can support and enhance the effectiveness of Lean Six Sigma tools and methods while building the organizational mindset and skills to address all challenges over time. Improvement Kata is not another “lean tool,” but a methodology that helps bring in the right continuous improvement tools at the right time. This proven method utilizes daily cycles of problem-solving while also aligning with overall business goals to develop a sustainable organizational culture of continuous improvement. *Workshop Structure* In this workshop, the presenter will briefly cover the “discovery” and development of this next level of lean thinking and operations management and the foundations of Rother’s Kata methodology. Walking through the fundamental Kata routines, participants will see how, with proper training and practice, the routines of the Improvement Kata build skills which become habits, which, over time, create a mindset of continuous improvement. The basic methodology will be explained and then demonstrated in fast, fun application. Participants engage in a simple challenge, a hands-on simulation, to demonstrate the basic routines of the Improvement Kata: practicing establishing the current condition, setting a target condition, and experimenting through their own rapid PDCA cycles to improve results. The Learners (participants), will experience how they can begin using scientific thinking to address any obstacle by following the Four Steps of Improvement Kata. *Learning Objectives* Upon completion, participants will be able to:

• Describe the 4 steps of the Improvement Kata (IK)

• Set up and run hands-on rapid experimentation cycles

• Describe the importance of setting short-term target conditions in alignment with a larger challenge

• Relate the Improvement Kata to their current Continuous Improvement approach *Why This Workshop?* People often struggle to utilize Lean methodologies in the workplace. Whether it’s an establishing manufacturing process or a startup project phase, learning about Kata will give participants insights on a methodology that can be used to solve issues and problems, as well as mitigate impediments during various stages of any process or project. “Hitting Your Target with Kata” will both explain the fundamentals and demonstrate the implementation of a methodology that is so straightforward and effective that it can be used for any improvement from personal skills to business management results.

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