Kata expert Mike Rother and coauthor Gerd Aulinger provide the tools and know-how for implementing the proven concepts of Rother's bestselling Toyota Kata
This fully illustrated guide shows how full Kata implementation works within an organization. The authors provide practical methods for turning strategy and execution into everyday activities throughout an organization by implementing Toyota Kata, the powerful management system Rother described in his groundbreaking book of the same name. This system is based on Toyota's organizational routines-called kata-that power its success with continuous improvement, innovation, and adaptation.
Toyota Kata Strategy takes readers through the process step by step, beginning with the basics and expanding upon them by showing readers how to implement their own iterative process of trial and adjustment-all aimed at building a deliberate, scientific-thinking culture and making continuous improvement a part of everyday work.
Mike Rother is an engineer, researcher and teacher who authored the bestselling books Learning to See and Toyota Kata. He works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams and organizations, shares his findings widely, and has been inducted into the Association of Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame. Gerd Aulinger is a researcher, speaker and management coach who helps leaders develop their people's improvement skills as they simultaneously improve the flow of value to their customers. He views the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata as part of a holistic management system and is motivated by the way it generates collective experimentation toward challenging strategic goals.
Foreword Preface: From Kata to Culture Introduction: Let's Paint a Picture Chapter 1: Planning: Understand the Challenge, Grasp the Current Condition, Establish the Next Target Condition Chapter 2: Executing: Conduct Daily Experiments and Coaching Cycles Chapter 3: Expanding Upward Chapter 4: Expanding Sideways: Handling Obstacles at Interfaces Conclusion: Getting Started and Developing Your Own Way Appendix: Key Forms Index