Toyota Kata and Training within Industry (TWI)
Practicing the Improvement Kata pulls the need for the three “J” skills of TWI.
A “pull system” describes a situation where what’s happening is only happening when the downstream “operation” needs it to be happening. Experimentation in step 4 of the Improvement Kata pulls in tools and skills. From time to time these skills will be Job Relations (JR), Job Instruction (JI) and Job Methods (JM). Further, as a whole, JR skills are synergistic with the Toyota Kata habits.
Agile and Toyota Kata
Did you know that ‘Agile’ began outside of IT? Further, Agile shouldn’t really be viewed as a methodology; it is a mindset, a set of behaviours. With this in mind it is not surprising that a kata will be the best way to develop such behaviours. For good reason, the Toyota Kata patterns fit hand in glove with Agile. Watch this 45 minute presentation Oscar Roche did for the International Institute of Learning and learn more …
Real questions answered by Oscar Roche
Following watching the video clip a group of International Institute For Learning clients (mostly Project Managers) from the San Diego region participated in a live Q&A session (about 20 minutes) with Oscar. The convenor is Sander Boeije (IIL New York). Click here to listen please. (Sander’s first question is missing from their recording. It was ‘How popular is Toyota Kata in your region?)
Toyota Kata and TWI Simulation
A PARTICIPATORY SIMULATION that helps you identify what capabilities your company needs to practice and develop.
It is much easier to communicate what to expect via experience and illustration as opposed to just ‘telling’. Our simulations fit well with the saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. You will better understand through what you see, say and do.
What is scientific thinking?
Scientific thinking is different to the ‘scientific method’.
The four steps of the Improvement Kata parallel a scientific approach. Further, at step 4 of the Improvement Kata – Experiment toward the Target Condition – the learner needs to be thinking scientifically. The Coaching Kata is a way of helping a person develop a ‘scientific thinking approach’ to improvement through small ‘obstacle addressing steps’ connected to what has just been learnt.
Unleashing Scientific Thinking Through the Meta-Pattern of the Improvement Kata
Scientific thinking can be a powerful driver of progress, a powerful driver of Lean; many applications exist including the Improvement Kata. The Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata approach is a meta-pattern that gets us to use the reps we need to unleash any application of scientific thinking.
Workshops & Summits
Brad Byrnes , Chief Operating Officer Parkes Shire Council
Andrew Francis, Chief Operating Officer Parkes Shire Council
Throughout this project Oscar has involved the experienced staff in the building of the knowledge and skill material, increasing the likelihood of a sustainable system, owned by our people.
Oscar has helped us develop a system of learning, in our own often fast paced environment that has the required consistency to ensure the quality required with the flexibility to accommodate the needs of the individual. He has made the step by step requirements clear, and reliably follows up on the tasks he is driving, carefully insisting and helping us reach each step of the project.
Baiada Poultry Garth Oakroot, Site Manager, Hanwood Feedmill
We had a wonderful 2 weeks of training on TWI covering JI and JR. JI is a very effective training methodology that we can apply in many areas. We were completely convinced that it can helps in shorten our training lead time, improve the efficiency and quality in our worker’s performance. How good if we can get to know this earlier!!
JR on another note is very much a soft skill training. On the first perception, it seems like a general knowledge; something that we were being taught in any leadership training. However similarly to JI; there’s a pattern of learning that we need to develop that is matter. Most of the time we know what should be done but we just failed to do so. JR will definitely address that as we will handle the issue steps by steps till that become a habits.
Oscar is a seasoned trainer, very knowledgeable in the subject. He carried out the training in his most professional self and accept no nonsense from the group. He has a sharp observation skill and always able to bring out the best from each student.
Schneider Electric (Malaysia) Chin Wei KUE, SC Performance Manager – Process Domain
Melissa Smith, Kata in the Classroom, Lean HR Summit- Austin, Texas, 12/9/19.
My deepest thanks!!
Marissa Brinkman – Fishback Financial Corporation
John Batten - President, New Hampshire Industries USA