Toyota Kata: “Improving and Coaching your way to Success”

Presented By:

Brandon Brown & Bill Kraus

Session Abstract:

Toyota Kata addresses the question “How can we lead our companies so they will survive and thrive long term?”  Since the future lies beyond what we can see, the solutions that we employ today may not continue to be effective. So it is not the solutions themselves – whether Lean techniques, today’s profitable product, or any other – that provide sustained competitive advantage, but rather the ability to understand conditions and create fitting, smart solutions. Toyota Kata is the routine to develop this capability in the organization, and is both a key factor in Toyota’s long-running success and a core responsibility of its leadership.  Briefly put – Toyota Kata channels and utilizes the capabilities of all its members in order to strive for continuous improvement better than our traditional management methods. Join us for a “learn, share and do” opportunity as we explore: 

  1. Hear and see how companies are utilizing the Toyota Kata methodology of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata to coach      for daily continuous improvement.
  2. Review the Toyota Kata Handbook slide material found on Mike Rother’s website regarding: 
  • The Improvement KataA scientific 4-step iterative PDCA routine that addresses only those obstacles that lie on the path of a trajectory that leads to the achievement of short term Target Conditions that are in line with a long term Vision/Challenge.
  • The Coaching KataA daily routine that utilizes The Five Questions to help teach the Improvement Kata thinking pattern and ensure that it is imbedded within an organization via team accountability.

Participate in a 4-round simulation that is progressively interwoven in with the slide material to make it easy to understand how the Toyota Kata trajectory components come together (i.e., Vision/Challenge, Current Condition, Target Condition, Obstacles, PCDAs and Coaching).  Session Objectives:

About the Facilitator:

Brandon Brown, P.E., is an Associate and Kata Coach with the W3Group, LLC.  He has led several Toyota Kata and Kaizen improvement initiatives is his 20 year career.  He currently teaches graduate level courses at the University of Arkansas in Operations Management. Prior to joining AMS, he launched several new products throughout his career and started two manufacturing facilities.  He advanced through management leadership at Central States Mfg, as Regional Operations Manager, managing three facilities in the Eastern Region, which serves 16 midwest and southeastern states.  He led a team for site selection of their two recent plant expansions in the southeast from 2006 through 2010. Brandon served on the Governor’s Workforce Development Taskforce, Region IV, for the State of Alabama.  His project management career includes over $15M in expansion and cost reduction initiatives.  His passion remains in developing people to succeed with Innovation, Continuous Improvement, and Leadership.

Bill Kraus, is the immediate past president of the AME SE Region. His primary focus for the past 17 years includes training, facilitating and coaching in the areas of Lean Manufacturing, Training Within Industry and Toyota Kata.  Prior to that, he spent 28 years with Monsanto, Engelhard and two privately held companies at Superintendent, Plant Manager and VP Operations levels in construction, maintenance and manufacturing.