How to Get Going

3.

Kata Creates

Culture

5.

The TK

Starter Kata

Kata_Creates_Culture.html
The_TK_Starter_Kata.html

Value Stream Mapping

Supporting Materials

Supporting_Materials.html

Extras

Extras.html

1.

Improvement Kata

The_Improvement_Kata.html

Challenge

Challenge.html

2.

Coaching

Kata

The_Coaching_Kata.html
VSM.html

4.

Getting

Started

TOYOTA

KATA

The

Improvement

Kata Exercise

The_IK_Exercise.html
Homepage.html
 

Then start practicing the Starter Kata in coach/learner pairs.


Chapter 4 in the Toyota Kata Practice Guide explains how

to organize your initial practice. There are six Starter Kata

for the learner and two for the coach, as shown in the

downloadable reference sheets on the “Supporting Materials”

page of this website.


Instructions for each Starter Kata are in Part II and Part III of the

Toyota Kata Practice Guide. Practice the Starter Kata exactly as

prescribed at first. Resist the natural temptation to deviate from

them too soon just because practicing them feels awkward. That

stiff, unnatural feeling is a normal part of doing anything new, and actually means

you are on the learning path. In a short time it should get easier and more fluid,

and then you can start to develop your own style – building on the patterns you

learned from the Starter Kata.


Keep in mind that you are not testing to see if the Improvement Kata pattern works,

but how to make it work in your setting. Since every team or organization is different

you should adjust and scale up as you learn, rather than based on preconceived

ideas about how you think it will go.


You might also decide to bring in some outside coaching support to help you at the

beginning. This could be another IK/CK practitioner from your region or one of the

hundreds of IK/CK-experienced consultants and advisors around the world.

Improvement Kata Poster

(click image to download pdf)

Five-Question Card

(click card to order, or get a print template here)

• Read through buttons 1-5 of this website.


• Read Part I of the Toyota Kata Practice Guide.





• Watch this 10-minute explanation of the Improvement Kata:

Anyone interested in Toyota Kata should have at least these two items. The five

questions are an easy-to-learn Starter Kata, and each time you go through them

it reinforces the scientific thinking pattern.

In practicing new skills it’s a good idea to begin with a simple approach that doesn’t

overwhelm people. Get a few persons or a small team working with the four-step

Improvement Kata pattern, gain some experience, and build on what you learn.

This page has suggestions for how to do that, based on experience.

STEP I: Read about it

Note:

This video uses the

acronym “PDCA”

(plan-do-check-act),

and the phrase “PDCA

cycles,” which is Lean

community terminology

for “experimenting.”

STEP II: Do the 1-hour Improvement Kata exercise  (menu button on this site)

The Improvement Kata exercise (also called

“Kata in the Classroom”) is a compact, fun,

hands-on way to introduce the four steps of

the Improvement Kata. Anyone can run

this exercise, and everything you need

is on the www.katatogrow.com website.


The IK exercise involves teams working on

a number of self-generated iterations to

complete a small puzzle. The teams follow

the Improvement Kata pattern to establish

a goal and then experiment toward it from

round to round. The purpose of the exercise is to introduce the four steps of the

Improvement Kata, and the scientific-thinking mindset that ideas should be tested,

in an experiential way.


The IK exercise works best with three teams or more. A good team size is 5 persons

per team, although a team can be as small as three people. So a minimum number

of participants is nine. The easy-to-run IK exercise is an excellent step in learning

about the Improvement Kata, and you will probably use it again and again.

STEP III: Print out the Improvement Kata poster and get some

five-question cards. Start referring to them in meetings.

Start by familiarizing yourself with the Improvement Kata / Coaching Kata topic.

Here are three steps you can easily do yourself: