Why Does Toyota Kata Matter? What is it?

Nothing improves unless something is done
– something is tried different than what we are doing today.

The Toyota Kata patterns provide initial structure that, with clear direction and ongoing practice, creates an environment where people are learning to act quickly and logically – get continuous improvement with less risk. The two patterns (Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata) bring legitimate continuous improvement to life. Through an initially structured pathway, the combination of scientific thinking and deliberate practice drives a cycle of “Think, Do, Learn” to meet business goals. An imperative of “the right plan from the start” is not necessary. Instead we develop our frontline leaders so they are accountable and capable of striving toward goals via daily small routines that fit a dynamic world.

Toyota Kata

Developing the skills to adapt and thrive in today’s dynamic marketplace.

The need for change is inevitable these days. Competitors emerge, customers have new needs, and new technologies come along. How must your organisation think and behave in order to continue to be successful amidst unpredictability?

Source: Toyota Kata Practice Guide, 2018, McGraw-Hill

Toyota Kata Knowledge Certification

Toyota Kata Knowledge Certification is a flexible on-line program providing precursory Toyota Kata knowledge to accelerate individual and organizational results. This program offers video lessons and certifying questions identified by TWI Institute Toyota Kata Master Trainers and affiliate Trainers. Upon successful completion of all questions you will receive your Toyota Kata Knowledge Certificate.

Kata in the Classroom

People often ask “have you got a presentation we can use that helps communicate what “Toyota Kata” is about?” But Mike Rother often says “Hoping to create new behaviours by explaining or trying to convince people doesn’t really work. The explanation may be correct, but it doesn’t change us.” Perhaps consider Kata in the Classroom as a means of starting a conversation about the potential value of the Toyota Kata patterns.

Toyota Kata Knowledge Certification

Toyota Kata Knowledge Certification is a flexible on-line program providing precursory Toyota Kata knowledge to accelerate individual and organizational results. This program offers video lessons and certifying questions identified by TWI Institute Toyota Kata Master Trainers and affiliate Trainers. Upon successful completion of all questions you will receive your Toyota Kata Knowledge Certificate.

Testimonials

We all know the importance of coaching when it comes to performance in sport. Even though I have been leading people for 20 years I had not realised the power of utilising coaching kata to maximise peoples capabilities and attain goals. I wish I found it all those year ago.

Brad Byrnes , Chief Operating Officer Parkes Shire Council

2019-05-03T00:05:11+10:00

Brad Byrnes , Chief Operating Officer Parkes Shire Council

We all know the importance of coaching when it comes to performance in sport. Even though I have been leading people for 20 years I had not realised the power of utilising coaching kata to maximise peoples capabilities and attain goals. I wish I found it all those year ago.
The Toyota Kata patterns have radically improved the way our managers and supervisors interact with their reports and has helped drive our organisation to be a leader in its’ field.

Andrew Francis, Chief Operating Officer Parkes Shire Council

2019-05-03T00:07:47+10:00

Andrew Francis, Chief Operating Officer Parkes Shire Council

The Toyota Kata patterns have radically improved the way our managers and supervisors interact with their reports and has helped drive our organisation to be a leader in its’ field.
We are working with Oscar to develop a training pathway for new starters, building their knowledge and skills to enable them progress onward, maximising our human capital. The system covers the knowledge and skills needed, who will pass them on, and how.

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

2019-05-03T00:08:32+10:00

Baiada Poultry Garth Oakroot, Site Manager, Hanwood Feedmill

We are working with Oscar to develop a training pathway for new starters, building their knowledge and skills to enable them progress onward, maximising our human capital. The system covers the knowledge and skills needed, who will pass them on, and how. 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.
My thought on the training:
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.

Trainer:
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

2019-05-03T00:09:21+10:00

Schneider Electric (Malaysia) Chin Wei KUE, SC Performance Manager – Process Domain

My thought on the training: 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. Trainer: 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.
Thank you so much for the workshop experience at Katacon 2019. I got so  much from it and I am excited to begin applying the pattern. I am completely impressed by how you serve others through your teaching and sharing, it is truly admirable. I look forward to listening in on more webinars and podcasts that you present in the future.

My deepest thanks!!

Marissa Brinkman – Fishback Financial Corporation

2019-05-02T07:17:44+10:00

Marissa Brinkman – Fishback Financial Corporation

Thank you so much for the workshop experience at Katacon 2019. I got so  much from it and I am excited to begin applying the pattern. I am completely impressed by how you serve others through your teaching and sharing, it is truly admirable. I look forward to listening in on more webinars and podcasts that you present in the future. My deepest thanks!!
I want to reiterate my comments regarding the value of the (Toyota Kata Train the Trainer) week we just spent together. I know it was the purpose of the session to prepare us to successfully deliver the 10 hour course but I appreciate the level of commitment you have and show to your pupils. You created a great learning environment.

John Batten - President, New Hampshire Industries USA

2019-06-10T17:18:11+10:00

John Batten - President, New Hampshire Industries USA

I want to reiterate my comments regarding the value of the (Toyota Kata Train the Trainer) week we just spent together. I know it was the purpose of the session to prepare us to successfully deliver the 10 hour course but I appreciate the level of commitment you have and show to your pupils. You created a great learning environment.