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1.

Improvement Kata

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2.

Coaching

Kata

3.

Kata Creates

Culture

5.

Getting

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6.

Challenge

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Value Stream Mapping

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What Are

Starter Kata?

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Neuroscience

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TOYOTA

KATA

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What Are Starter Kata?

 

Starter Kata are first practice routines — the ones you

begin with to internalize the fundamentals of a new skill.

A Starter Kata

Starter Kata are small, structured practice routines or protocols.

Through physical practice their pattern becomes second nature,

done with little conscious attention.  Starter Kata are typically for

learning fundamentals to build on.  The goal is not the Starter Kata

themselves, which get used less as you grow more proficient, but

the habits of thinking and acting that practicing them leaves behind.


Starter Kata are stepping stones for acquiring new ways of thinking

and acting.  They make skill and mindset transferrable, and speed

up your learning.


Starter Kata are especially useful when you want to create a shared way of thinking

and acting — a deliberate culture — among a group of people, because everyone

begins with the same fundamentals and language.  Each learner then progresses

differently from that starting point, but the next new learner begins with the same

Starter Kata.

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Practicing the Starter Kata of the Improvement

Kata gives us a way to develop scientific-thinking

skills.  Once you and your team internalize the

fundamentals, you’ll be able to build on them,

develop your own way, and apply it in the pursuit

of any goal and challenge.

Starter Kata are a teaching/learning tool that any manager can use


When people practice the Improvement Kata routines a little every day under

the guidance of a coach/manager — who teaches via the Coaching Kata — an

organization gets stronger at achieving goals along unpredictable paths.


A first step is to realize that whenever we want to adopt a new way of thinking and

acting, initially we’re going to be a beginner in that particular area.  Without first

resigning our ego to some structured practice we’re destined to remain a beginner.


Whenever you want to train a new beginner, or want to refresh some basics,

begin with the Starter Kata in the Toyota Kata Practice Guide (TKPG).

You have an opportunity!


The never-ending need for improvement and evolution

in any organization gives you and your team the perfect

setting for practicing new skills ... while you do your

normal work.  The elegant trick is that as you

practice the Improvement Kata you are

applying it to real goals, always to the

best of you and your team’s current

level of ability.