At Toyota, teams learn and practice patterns of scientific thinking every day, with leadership as their coaches. These patterns are known as “Kata.” Using the “Toyota Kata” methodology, all leaders can initiate and coach the use of practical scientific-thinking skills in their teams to develop and mobilize creative capability.
Practicing the Toyota Kata routines can help any team or individual improve the way they navigate uncertainty to achieve challenging goals.
During this session, you’ll learn:
- What Toyota Kata is
- The 3 basic concepts of Toyota Kata
- How Toyota Kata aligns with Lean
Meet your presenter:
Jeff Uitenbroek is experienced in the Toyota Kata methodology and integrating Toyota Kata into the continuous improvement culture of a business. He gained this expertise as a member of the Modine Manufacturing Company leadership team while working closely with Mike Rother, the author of “Toyota Kata.” They worked together in transforming the continuous improvement culture to create and nurture improvement capability throughout the organization using Toyota Kata methodology. Modine and Jeff are acknowledged in Mike’s book.
Jeff is a member of ASQ and received ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. He has directed Lean-Six Sigma implementations, led a business expansion into Europe on an expat assignment in Netherlands, and held operations, engineering, quality, and EHS leadership roles in the optical storage media industry.