Six important points about Toyota Kata
Mike Rother touches on the Toyota Kata research and goes into the “why”.
He briefly overviews the two kata he identified so all of us can have the opportunity to develop a scientific thinking habit and a coaching habit.
Mike Rother's Six Important Points
1 What Toyota Kata is about
- a common way of efficiently working together
- vital skill for now and tomorrow
- a positive cultural attribute that can be developed through practice.
2 Toyota Kata is not about Toyota!
It is about the “less visible stuff”; about human beings and latent capability. It’s not about the “things” we’ve been imitating since the 1980’s.
3 A pre-requisite for empowerment
Team Leaders, Supervisors and Managers developing adaptive and innovative people all heading toward common goals scientifically.
4 How to work
Managers resist “providing the answer”. (If the answer was “providable” then someone else is already doing it – that’s not innovative!) Instead leaders know how to work in order to get “there”.
5 Planning from the maximum point of uncertainty?
In essence the “plan” becomes a prediction (or a hypothesis). Adjustment then occurs all along the way based on what is learnt/discovered. (1:07)
6 “Resistance” is not hostility
Established habits will naturally be reverted to. Practising a new habit (through a “kata”) will, over time, replace an old habit. (1:51)