Is your business struggling to establish a culture of continuous improvement based on the scientific method (PDCA)? Are you having difficulty maintaining on-going improvement efforts? This workshop may provide answer to your questions about establishing a culture of scientific thinkers practicing daily continuous improvement. The missing link in our organizations is the development of a context for how lean tools are applied that facilitates systematic improvement and innovation by all associates. The Improvement Kata is one approach that provides the appropriate context.

This 8 - hour workshop will offer an overview to the improvement and coaching kata. Participants will experience the next level of lean thinking and operations management based on the book 'Toyota Kata' by Mike Rother. Students will be exposed to the Daily Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata routines using a hands-on simulation and team activities.

The Improvement Kata provides:

  • A systematic, scientific routine that can be applied to any problem or challenge.
  • A standard method for how members of an organization develop solutions.
  • A process for migrating managers toward the role of coach and mentor, by practicing coaching cycles.
  • A framework for practicing PDCA in a way that has people taking small steps every day.

Participants will:
  • Build awareness of improvement and coaching kata
  • Explain a 4-step systematic, goal-directed approach to improvement
  • Apply a process for establishing daily continuous improvement
  • Identify how to create a culture of scientific thinkers
  • Experience doing several coaching cycles

Instructor/Facilitator: Since 1989 Richard (Rick) Fleming has worked with hundreds of companies on Lean enterprise transformation and organizational development around the principles of the Toyota Production System. He has worked with a diverse group of clients that includes manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organizations and food/chemical processors. Rick uses his 30 years of experience in management roles, lean implementation and the Toyota Kata methodology to help companies create and align leadership systems that support operational and cultural changes needed to support lean thinking, develop accountability and drive a daily continuous improvement philosophy. Rick is an instructor/coach for the University of Michigan's 'Toyota Kata' workshop and Shingo Prize Examiner. He collaborates with the Kata community in on-going development of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata routines and materials. Rick also presents and facilitates workshops for AME, PMA, MLC, MEP and other organizations.
This course is not currently scheduled. Please email us at workforcetraining@grcc.edu for information about the next offering or if you are a business looking for customized training.