Toyota Kata: Finding Your Way to the Future

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The improvement kata is a different way of working, thinking and managing.

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Toyota Kata: Finding Your Way to the Future

  1. 1. Finding Your Way to the Future April 2010 This insightful further development of the core diagram in the book Toyota Kata comes from Jeff Uitenbroek of Modine Manufacturing Company. Jeff's depiction helps make it clear that the improvement kata is a different way of working, thinking and managing. Copyright © 2010 Mike Rother, all rights reserved. 1217 Baldwin Avenue / Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA / tel: (734) 665-5411 / mrother@umich.edu © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 1
  2. 2. In most processes there are many problems, wastes and opportunities to improve Problems / wastes / opportunities . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . ... Current Condition . . .. . . . . . . . . . . © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 2
  3. 3. We tend to ask, “What can we do to improve?,” hunt for wastes or respond to problems, and work to eliminate them . . . . “Whack-a-mole” ... . . . . . . improvement . . . . .. . . . Current . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Condition .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . With this approach we: • May not achieve meaningful improvement that moves the organization forward • Misspend our capacity for making improvements • Don!t learn much © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 3
  4. 4. The improvement kata is a different approach Problems / wastes / opportunities . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . ... Current Target Condition Condition . . .. . . . . . . . . . . © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 4
  5. 5. With it we ask: “What do we need to do?” while working step-by-step toward the next target condition on the way to a vision PDCA cycles toward the next target condition . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . ... Current Target Condition Condition . . .. . . . . . . . . . . © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 5
  6. 6. What kind of improver are you? . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . Current . . . . . . . . . .. . Condition .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . Current . . . . . . . . . . .. . Target Condition .. . . . . . . Condition . . . .. . . . . . . . . © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 6
  7. 7. For further information on this topic see the Toyota Kata Homepage © Mike Rother TOYOTA KATA 7

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