Toyota Kata
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Toyota Kata is about creatinga growth mindset.a learning mindset.an inquiring mindset.Scientific Thinking

What is Toyota Kata About?

Toyota Kata is about using scientific thinking methods to get to your ultimate going in small, achievable steps (scientists call them experiments!) after each test it’s time to review, then figure out the next steps, but the key is that you should do it quickly and in a structured manner.

Publication of the book “Toyota Kata” in 2009 was the beginning of a different way of thinking about and deploying Lean. Today many organizations have made the practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata a part of daily work. This helps organisations develop the capability of their people while simultaneously achieving challenging goals.

  • How do we keep improvement going?
  • How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us toward strategic goals?
  • How can we work to develop solutions scientifically, instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

Changing Habits

When you want to change something, it can be a little tricky, you keep slipping into old habits. Solving problems can also be tricky especially if your habit is to jump right into doing the fix of the big problem and assuming it’ll work 1st time. Maintaining the habit of continuous improvement, learning as you go, they can be really tricky, especially if your big fix assumption proved to be incorrect! – guess what… that’s OK!

The Framework

Toyota Kata is made up of 2 sections, the Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata. The Improvement Kata is designed to guide you through a scientific approach to solving problems through working together in a teat-learn-adapt loop, you may know it as PDCA!

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Improvement Kata

This Improvement Kata helps you slow down and think about the next steps, suddenly we aren't asking you to climb a mountain, just take the next few steps and check if you are still on the track you thought you should be on.
Think about this as a series of experiments that you are taking to move you closer to your ultimate goal.
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Coaching Kata

coaching kata
The Coaching Kata is designed to give the coach the ability to ask just the right questions at the right time in a structured conversation that is designed to be effective in guiding the conversation in a systematic way.

Benefits of the Toyota Kata Approach

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Improved Teamwork

By giving people a method to follow that encourages teamwork it becomes the default way of working in your organisation
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Improved Coaching Ability

Coaching is a key element in the Toyota Kata Methodology because you practice this with the routines it again becomes an accepted standard way of operating with people beign mor eopen to coaching and beign coached.
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Faster Improvement Cycles

Since the improvement Kata is about lots of small incremental improvements to take you towards your ultimate goal each of those small steps creates an improvement so you start seeing the benefits of improvement far quicker than you otherwise would.
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Develop Scientific Thinking in your teams

Effective teams work on facts so the scientific thinking mindset developed by practising the Improvement & Coaching kata's help teams develop better ways to innovate
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Improved Resilience

In science experiments, there is no such thing as failure, only results. It is so easy for people to get despondent when the results of an improvement or change they are making don't work out. Toyota Kata gives them a framework to use to understand that this result is only a stepping stone in their continuous improvement loop.

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