3.

Kata Creates

Culture

5.

The TK

Starter Kata

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

Getting_Started.html

TOYOTA

KATA

The

Improvement

Kata Exercise

The_IK_Exercise.html
Homepage.html

Practicing Kata

Modifies Culture

 

1-minute video: Learning new skills

How do you create a team or organization

culture of improvement, adaptiveness, and

innovation? What is the mechanism of

culture modification?


Brain research is clear:  Developing new ways of thinking means practicing

targeted behaviors daily. The implication is that practice and coaching should

be integrated into the normal daily operation of a team or organization. The

Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata are exactly that – an ongoing, sustained

process to develop useful scientific skills and mindset, through the work itself.

Something you should know about the brain


Brain scientists like to say, “Anytime you do something you’re

more likely to do it again.” In other words, thoughts and

behaviors that we repeat, intentionally or unintentionally,

can get woven into the neural structures of our brain.

Whatever we focus on and repeatedly do with enthusiasm

tends to become a reflexive way of thinking and acting

– our mindset and habits. In this way your current team or

organizational culture reinforces and perpetuates itself daily.

This is where practicing Starter Kata comes in. As we know

from sports & music, with the following ingredients we can

break the cycle and develop new skills and habits to replace

some old ones:  (1) structured routines for beginners to

practice, (2) frequent repetition, (3) feedback from a coach to

correct our practice, and (4) optimism and enthusiasm from

feeling that we’re overcoming obstacles and making progress.

The role of managers in this: Managing through coaching


Managers are teachers by default, and the primary actors on the ground who create

and perpetuate an organization’s culture. They create the creators. If you’re a

manager, supervisor or team leader you’re teaching your people a way of thinking,

whether you realize it or not.


Toyota Kata is about managers teaching their people a scientific way of thinking,

through deliberate practice in the course of everyday work. This empowers people

to be knowledge workers – enabling teams to develop solutions in an iterative,

scientific way, quickly and closer to the action. This, in turn, enables an organization

to better navigate through complex and dynamic terrain, again and again.


The more you and your team develop skill

and confidence in a scientific-thinking pattern:


The more you can empower people

The bigger the challenges you can take on

The more knowledge you can build

The faster your organization can move ahead