The routines of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata teach scientific thinking & acting, and can be practiced any time you face a problem, goal or challenge.
We often have a fundamental misunderstanding of what Lean is in practice. We mistake Lean solutions for the process that leads to the results. Instead, Kata gets into how to develop the less visible but essential scientific thinking that underlies Lean practices and the Lean results that we see.
The reality is that very little that you see at a Toyota site is the result of one person with a big idea that got standardized across locations. More often, what you see is today’s condition, which is the result of many cycles of experimentation aimed at a particular goal and challenge.
Kata is about the road to developing your own solutions, again and again! The Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata are a management system that coaches people for continuous improvement and achieving ambitious goals in all aspects of an organization.