The Improvement Kata & TWI Working in Tandem: Learn, See & Practice having a more substantial impact!

Intermediate Level Course – preferable, although not required, to have knowledge and understanding of KATA and TWI

Presented By:

Oscar Roche & Ben Chopping

Session Abstract:

How Each Participant Will Benefit

Good habits need to be “started” somewhere, via actions that reveal a benefit.

For the above to really occur, improving needs to become habitual. Good habits are developed through introduction, then routine and practice.

In this one day hands on workshop, participants will be introduced to, and practice, routines centered on:

  • 4 steps of the Improvement Kata, the last being the most “active”.
  • The Coaching Kata that will navigate you through the 4th step above.
  • Reducing variation in standard work through application of JI.
  • Improving process results through people via application of JR.

What We Will Do

Participants (introductory to intermediate level knowledge of Improvement and Coaching Kata, and TWI), will be introduced to a “company” that is challenged by the “customer” to improve a process.

After a brief introduction, each participant will be allocated a role within the “process”. The process will begin using this new “team”, each with their new found roles. This is no different to what happens in the real workplace.

The “process” will run for a period of time, observations made, routines applied, and then re-run. This will continue for the day, Improvement Kata, Coaching Kata, JI and JR awareness and capability being built as we go.

About the Facilitator:

Oscar Roche has a manufacturing background having worked in operations management with Fonterra, Golden Circle, and Mildura Fruit Juices.  He started his own business in 2000 and now works with Ben Chopping and 4 others in building the capability of people in reaching operational goals.  Oscar was trained by the TWI Institute in 2010 and has facilitated application of TWI skills with South Australian Health, DeBortoli Wines, Tatura Milk Industries, Warburn Estate, Vitasoy Australia, McWilliams Wines and others.  The basic leadership of skills, JI ad JR in particular, are now foundational to most improvement projects that Oscar facilitates no matter the industry or business.

Ben Chopping was introduced to TWI by his business partner Oscar.  Ben has a marketing degree that sits idle on his bookcase, has managed a small business, has worked in ‘real’ manufacturing and has implemented quality, food and safety management systems.  Ben now works with great businesses every day, and even greater people.  These companies have engaged Ben’s services in order to change business results, via their own staff’s changed behaviors.  All too often the much glorified tools of lean, and the shiny new machines introduced into the workplace, are seen as the shimmering light, the silver bullet, but results will only change if people’s behaviors are changed (unless of course you don’t have people).  The practical nature of the TWI programs makes it the ideal vehicle to commence and support leader capability development.  TWI is now a critical component in everything that Ben does so much so, that Ben practices the skills in his everyday life ( both work and much more importantly non-work).