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Foundations and Simulation

Learn Kata by Doing — An Immersive Experience

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Introduction to Kata Foundations and Simulation

Kata Foundations and Simulation is a one-day training program and learning experience for supervisors and teams. It melds Kata process and principles with realistic, hands-on simulation. An eye-opening view into the workings and importance of Kata, the simulation serves as an authentic foundation for teams in a variety of industries and organizational roles. Also, the program provides a platform to demonstrate the integration of TWI training and, with it, an elegant and effective way to overcome obstacles in lean, continuous improvement, operational excellence and talent development initiatives. Kata Foundations and Simulation is an ideal program for those who are new to Kata or exploring the benefits of Kata and TWI.

Our end-to-end programming assures adoption and continuation of the benefits of Foundational Kata and Simulation. Your TWI Institute coach will meet with management, managers, trainers, supervisors and team leaders to observe your implementation. Your coach will gauge progress, identify problems, suggest solutions and help realign goals.

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What We Will Cover

Kata Foundations and Simulation, as is the case with all TWI Institute programs, is focused on the people who supervise teams and individuals. Its emphasis is not only on building skills but also on empowering teams and team leaders to “learn by doing.” What’s more, Kata Foundations and Simulation provides a proven and reliable model for elevating the kind of employee engagement, problem solving and creativity that advances ongoing or planned continuous improvement, kaizen, lean and operational excellence initiatives.

  • Understanding and practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata patterns
  • Use and application of PDCA — Plan, Do, Check, Act — and scientific thinking
  • Comprehending the dynamics and importance of challenges
  • Setting and achieving goals; the impact of experiments and small steps
  • Grasping the nature of the current condition and the associated metrics that define it
  • Why identifying and removing obstacles is key to eliminating waste
  • How TWI programs help in addressing obstacles and solving problems
  • Building capability by extending people beyond their knowledge threshold
  • Checking progress, coaching the worker and encouraging questions

Delivering Outstanding Results

Kata Foundations and Simulation generates growth and value in your workplace by advancing thinking skills, contributions and self-respect in your workers.
Experience the Power of Kata

See how Kata integrates people, purpose and process

Increase Improvement Ideas Exponentially

Expand the knowledge threshold and creativity on your frontlines

More Collaborative and Cooperative Environments

Builds trust, teamwork and synergy

Enhance Frontline Capabilities

Instill the concept of doing and thinking toward achievable improvement targets

Kata Improves Outcomes Across Multiple Industries

Kata Foundations and Simulation has exposed and trained thousands of supervisors, team leaders and individuals to the fundamentals and benefits of Kata. Whether your role is in Operations, Human Resources, Quality, Production or Customer Service and Satisfaction, TWI Institute can bring to your organization the kind of thinking, engagement and continuous improvement that drive brilliant results.

TWI Institute Delivers
Key Improvements


Reduction in Grievances/Manufacturing


Improvement in Employee Engagement/Healthcare


Reduction in Turnover/Manufacturing


Reduction in Manpower Costs/Transportation
These statistics represent documented composite results from actual improvements measured in client engagements and tracking metrics from the U.S. government.

What Our Clients Say

I got so much from it (Kata Workshop) and I am excited to begin applying the pattern. I am completely impressed by how you serve others through your teaching and sharing, it is truly admirable.
From From Fishback Financial

Our end-to-end approach sets us apart

Our proven methods stretch far beyond essential TWI, Kata and Standardized Work training. From initial preparation to ongoing consulting, we prepare people and workplaces for continuous improvement, better outcomes and increased engagement.
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Step One:

We start with an assessment and provide tailored recommendations for your workers and your workplace. KPIs are set, a communication strategy is planned and workforce orientation begins.

Step Two:

Supervisors, team leaders and those who direct the work of others attend, participate and learn in our cornerstone programs: TWI, Kata and Standardized Work.

Step Three:

We work with you to plan a pilot program and teams begin to learn by doing. Through workplace practice and coaching, we help students accept the ideas and put them to work. We’re with you through every step of the journey.

Step Four:

We assess learning, validate pilot results, incorporate skills into routines, evaluate practices and culture, and measure performance against KPIs.

Step Five:

We execute worker and workplace certifications, including TWI Certification (student and trainer), Kata Certification (student and trainer) Train-the-Trainer Certification, and TWI:2018 Certification.

Step Six:

We stay connected with planned reassessments, KPI checks, remedial coaching, and re-certifications to protect and grow your return on investment.

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Kata Foundations and Simulation is a cornerstone program in TWI Institute’s offering. Round out your improvement planning with programs that build stronger supervisor/worker relationships, add new levels of trust and collaboration and fuel new improvement ideas.

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