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Jan 11

2nd Annual Midwest Kata Practitioner Day

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Free – $125.00

Kata is a Continuous Improvement (Lean) methodology to develop everyday habits, skill sets and capabilities in people, aligned with and in support of achieving the long-term objectives of the organization. This one day engaging experience is brought to you by a volunteer group from Appvion, New Roots Consulting LLC, Oshkosh Corp, TIDI Products, Fox Valley Technical College, Alliance Laundry Systems and Optima Associates.

The book “Toyota Kata” published in 2009 by Mike Rother was the beginning of a different way of thinking about and deploying Lean. Today many organizations have made a practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata as part of daily work. This helps companies develop the capability of their people while simultaneously achieving challenging goals.

• How do we keep improvement going?

• How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us toward strategic goals?

• How can we work to develop solutions scientifically, instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

The Kata Practitioner Day is a forum for everyone to hear first-hand from regional companies practicing Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata.


8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Registration & Networking 

9 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.: Welcome 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: Keynote: Steve Jones – Kimberly High School Football Coach 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: IK/CK Overview

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Break / Networking 

10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.: Practitioner: Rockwell 

11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.: Practitioner: Tremco

11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Practitioner: TIDI Products

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Discussion / Q&A 

12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch / Networking 

1p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Kata Exercise 

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Break / Networking 

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Practitioner: TBD 

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Practitioner: TBD 

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Practitioner: Kata in the Community / Kimberly School District 

4 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.: Discussion / Q&A 

4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Summary & Conclusion 


This event will be held in room HS301 at Fox Valley Technical College.


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Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Free – $125.00
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Fox Valley Technical College
5 N Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54914 United States
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Optima Associates
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