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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Finding Your Way to the FutureApril 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.

Mike Rother

Copyright 2010 Mike Rother, all rights reserved. 1217 Baldwin Avenue / Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA / tel: (734) 665-5411 / mrother@umich.edu

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In most processes there are many problems, wastes and opportunities to improve

Current Condition

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Problems / wastes / opportunities

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We tend to ask, What can we do to improve?, hunt for wastes or respond to problems, and work to eliminate them

Current Condition

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Whack-a-mole improvement

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

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The improvement kata is a different approachProblems / wastes / opportunities

Current Condition

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Target Condition

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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 visionPDCA cycles toward the next target condition

Current Condition

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Target Condition

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What kind of improver are you?

Current Condition

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Current Condition

Target Condition

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For further information on this topic see the

Toyota Kata Homepage

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