Why Toyota Kata and TWI?

TWI and Kata: Making the Connection

JaclynLFPhotoSmallWithin months after Toyota Kata hit the book shelves, the TWI Community began talking. They discussed the complimentary nature of Kata and TWI and began exploring the intersections. Since that time, a book has been published (The 7 Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI, and Lean Training), presentations delivered (Toyota Kata & TWI J-Programs), webinars recorded (TWI and Kata: A Problem Solving Approach), and much MUCH more.


When you see “Kata” on the TWI Summit agenda in several places (including full day workshops), now you know why! It’s because there’s a high level of collaboration between the two communities and new knowledge is being developed that compliment your current and future Lean and TWI efforts.

Can Fold the Kata Zine?

zine-dwayneWhat is a “Zine”?  It’s a “mini magazine,” and in this case, one that conveys some basic elements of Toyota Kata. Click the Download button that corresponds to your paper size (A4 or US Letter). Download the Kata zine (downloading works better), print, fold, and cut the zine using the instructions below.a4


Zine Folding Instructions

1 Place your zine on a flat surface with the blue 5 Question card in the lower right (this is front cover of the final, folded zine). zine-small spacer (2)
2 Then crease the sheet along the two main directions (by folding it in half then opening it, once for each direction): Zinemaking-folding-8cut-1.png spacer (2)
3 Now make another pair of creases, with the effect of dividing the long direction into quarters: Zinemaking-folding-8cut-2.png spacer (2)
4 Then unfold again, fold in half, and make a cut with scissors as shown – you should be cutting through two thicknesses of paper, but only as far as those quarter-folds you just made: Zinemaking-folding-8cut-3.png spacer (2)
5 Open it out again. The resulting page should have a cut in its center, a bit like this: Zinemaking-folding-8cut-4.png spacer (2)
6 Fold it in half along the long direction, such that all your pages are still on the outside: Zinemaking-folding-8cut-5.png spacer (2)
7 Now push it inwards from each end, so that the inner bit pushes out in both directions to make a kind of cross-shape. Fold the resulting pages together so that your front page is outmost: Zinemaking-folding-8cut-6.png spacer (2)
8 And there you have it, a little Kata zine of 8 pages that needs no stapling or gluing (front and back pictured). frontbackzinetogether spacer (2)
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TWI thought leader Don Dinero created a job breakdown of the folding instructions. Below is the final part of that video.

Visit Don’s website at…  www.twilearningpartnership.com

Thank You!
Thank you to Ralph Winkler, Bernd Mittelhuber, Alex Hein und Christoph for their help in creating the zine.
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Thank you also to Bruce Hamilton and the GBMP Crew for letting us use some screen shots from GBMP’s Shingo-award-winning Kata DVD “Teaching Anna to Drive.” It’s available at: http://www.shopgbmp.org/imka.html