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The Improvement Kata is for the Learner and

the Coaching Kata is for the Coach


To make the scientific Improvement Kata pattern a habit in an

organization, managers coach their people in the Improvement

Kata routines a little bit every day.  The Coaching Kata is a

protocol for how to do that (see the next section).  The practice

routines of the Improvement Kata & the Coaching Kata are a

regimen for developing practical scientific skill and mindset that

any manager can use.

Practice and Learn a Scientific Way of Achieving Goals

A Universal Skill - Scientific Thinking


Today's solutions probably won’t fit tomorrow's

problems, and the path to a challenging goal can’t

be determined in advance anyway.  Your best bet

is to practice a universal means of developing your

own solutions along uncertain paths.  That’s the

skill taught by practicing the Improvement Kata.


GET THE BACKGROUND ON WHAT

THE IMPROVEMENT KATA IS ABOUT

BY WATCHING THIS 2-MINUTE VIDEO

For an Introduction please review the two presentations below.  Instructions and

practice routines for the Improvement Kata are provided in the Improvement Kata

Handbook, a free download on the Materials to Download page of this website. 

Simple KATA References to Download  (Click on each to download)

"If you go through the Improvement Kata process

you'll get to where you need to get to.  And the

more times you do it the better you will get at it."

     ~ Jim Huntzinger, President, Lean Frontiers

"Go where there is no path

and leave a trail."   ~ Emerson

Excerpt from:  Ichijo, Kazuo and Nonaka, Ikujiro, Knowledge Creation and Management:  New Challenges for Managers, Oxford University Press, 2006, page 25.

Learning to Learn


Knowledge assets are not just the knowledge already created, such as know-how, patents, technologies, or brands, but also include the knowledge to create knowledge, such as the organizational capability to innovate.  Although current views on knowledge assets tend to focus on the former because they are easier to measure and deal with, it is the latter that need more attention because they are the source of new knowledge to be created, and therefore a source of the future value of the firm.


One of the most important knowledge assets for a firm is a firm-specific kata (roughly, "pattern" or "Way of doing things") of dialogues and practices.  Nelson and Winter (1982) emphasize the importance of routines for the firm's evolutionary process.  Here, we focus on "creative routines" of kata, which make knowledge creation possible by fostering creativity and preserving efficiency.

Definitions & Terminology

The four steps of the Improvement Kata are a model of scientific thinking

and acting that’s similar to other models of the human creative process.  What’s

different is that each step includes structured practice routines (“starter Kata”),

which make the pattern actionable and teachable.  The Improvement Kata and

Coaching Kata come from research on Toyota’s management system, which is

explained in the business book ‘Toyota Kata.’



Why You Should Practice an Improvement Kata


Concepts and models don’t change how we act and

think.  Change takes deliberately practicing some

new behavior patterns, especially at the beginning.


The Improvement Kata’s practice routines teach a

scientific ‘meta-skill’ that changes our habits of mind

so our brain’s capabilities can come to greater fruition.

Practicing the Improvement Kata’s routines develops

and mobilizes your creative capabilities and makes

you better at achieving goals.

Definitions & Terminologyhttp://www-personal.umich.edu/~mrother/KATA_Files/Definitions.pdf

Improvement Kata Pocket Card

Improvement Kata Reference Guide