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

Presented By:

Brandon Brown

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 Kata:  A 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 Kata:  A 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 a Master Kata Coach for Continuous Coaching Commitment, LLC and a Business Development Associate of  the W3 Group delivering tangible and sustainable continuous improvement results as a Toyota Kata Coach and Lean Instructor/Facilitator.  Since 2006, Brandon has been a Professor of Operations Management at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville teaching courses in the Industrial Engineering department such as Lean Production and Leadership Principles and Practices for the Master of Science in Operations Management degree program.  Brandon is a Regional Director and board Member for the Southeast Region of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.  He is also a Certified TWI-Job Instruction Trainer, a Professional Engineer, and a Certified John Maxwell Coach, Teacher, and Speaker.

Brandon has 20 years of continuous improvement experience in various leadership roles for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, Central States Manufacturing, Waterloo Industries, and Lincoln Automotive.  Prior to his work for Continuous Coaching Commitment, LLC and working with the W3 Group, he advanced through management leadership at Central States Mfg., as Regional Operations Manager for three facilities in the Eastern Region, which served 17 states.  He has a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Professional Engineers license in the state of Arkansas.  Since 2011, Brandon has concentrated his learning and teaching in the practice and deployment of “Toyota Kata” as described in the book of the same name by author Mike Rother.