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Improvement Kata

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2.

Coaching

Kata

3.

Kata Creates

Culture

5.

Getting

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Challenge

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Value Stream Mapping

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What is

a Kata?

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Neuroscience

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What is a Kata?  It’s a Practice Routine!

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Why does a kata matter?  It’s a stepping stone for anyone

who wants to acquire new ways of thinking and acting.

A kata makes a skill and mindset transferrable, which is

particularly useful for developing an organizational culture.


Practicing the routines of the Improvement Kata gives us

a way to develop scientific thinking and acting.  Once you

and your team develop the systematic, scientific skill that

practicing the Improvement Kata teaches, you'll be able

to apply it in the pursuit of many goals and challenges.

Kata is a teaching/learning approach any manager can use


When people practice the Improvement Kata a little every day under guidance of a

coach/manager -- who teaches via the Coaching Kata -- an organization gets stronger

at achieving goals and meeting challenges.


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

acting, for a while 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.


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

you go back to the kata.

Kata are small, structured practice routines or protocols.

Through physical practice their pattern becomes second nature,

done with little conscious attention.  A series of kata are practiced

to develop an overall skill.  The goal is not the kata themselves,

which get used less as you grow more proficient, but the habits

of thinking and acting that practicing them leaves behind.


An example is practicing to drive a car.  Once you can drive

you don’t think much anymore about the routines of how to

use the car’s controls.  Instead, you can now focus your

attention on the situational aspects of navigating the road.

You have an opportunity!


The never-ending need for improvement and evolution

in any organization gives you and your team a perfect

opportunity to keep honing your skills.  The

elegant trick is that while you're practicing

the Improvement Kata you're applying it to

real goals, always to the best of the current

level of your and your team’s abilities.


Once you practice and learn the patterns of the

Improvement Kata you may find it difficult to go back

to managing the old way.

An example of a Kata

It’s how you start.  A Kata is a structured routine you practice

deliberately as a beginner, so its pattern becomes a new habit.