Creating Valuable Human Capital to drive Lean through Toyota Kata training
The Toyota Kata is a routine for moving from the current condition to a new condition using a systematic routine for incremental improvement. It brings alive the concept of PDCA and how it is applied on a continuous basis to move ahead from current condition to new condition and finally to the target condition. The Toyota Kata training will be a mixture of teaching, exercises and practice.
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This is an interesting article on Toyota Kata. Kata as in the word 'karate' is a system of repeated actions to drive improvement. Rother proposes that it is not solutions themselves that provide sustained competitive advantage and long-term survival, but the degree to which an organization has mastered an effective routine for developing...
Great resource on Toyota Kata
The term kata is found in martial arts, the learning of which involves repeated practice of motions. That is, kata are the basic motions, that are the foundational building blocks. These foundations are embedded into subconscious memory so that they become 'automatic' to the individual. Learn more about Toyota kata in this interesting article....
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The Kata of Karate
The word 'karate' comes from the word 'kata'. Kata can be thought of as a practiced routine set of actions that one has internalised, which become a habit, almost an unconscious way of doing things. Toyota kata is hence an internalised routine method of learning from trials, making adjustments that are necessary, and implementing the next improvement in moving from the current condition towards a target condition. It is the real Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) actions that allow us to continuously improve.
Lean IT: What is it?
It is actually, quite a large subject. I will endeavour to describe what Lean IT is all about in several articles over the next few months. I will begin by referring to the many tools & techniques of Lean. In Lean (whether Lean IT or Lean used in other functions/industries) there are many tools and techniques. Broadly these tools & technqiues can be categorized into 5 main groups, for Problem Solving, Improving Process Flow, Direction Management, Daily Management and Building Continuous Improvement Culture