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Jan 9

4th Annual Midwest Kata Practitioner Day

Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Workshop description:

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 of people from Oshkosh Corp, TIDI Products, Fox Valley Technical College, Generative Local Community Institute, Simmons Knife & Saw, Wabash National, 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.


Brandon Brown – Owner, Master Kata Coach & Continuous Coaching Commitment

Brandon has 25 years of continuous improvement experience in various leadership roles for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, Central States Manufacturing, Waterloo Industries, and Lincoln Automotive. Since 2006, Brandon has been a Professor of Operations Management at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


Karyn Ross – Founder The Love and Kindness Project Foundation

An artist, author, and coach, Karyn’s passion is creating a world of love before money. She is the author of “How to Coach for Creativity and Service Excellence: A Lean Coaching Workbook”, and co-author of the Shingo Award-winning, “The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations.”




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Thursday, January 9, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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