Introduction to Essential Kata
Essential Kata training is foundational because it teaches your people how to think about improvements in a structured, scientific manner. Essential Kata follows the proven format of our traditional TWI programs — two hours per session for five sessions. It demonstrates fundamental Kata concepts, scientific thinking and key behavioral principles. The Improvement Kata segment of the program provides expert guidance in setting your goal, establishing current and target conditions, identifying obstacles and PDCA-based experimentation. An important part of this learn-by-doing program is practicing the Coaching Kata while being mentored by TWI Institute Certified Trainers. Upon completion, your people will have the knowledge and skills for immediate Kata development and practice.
Our end-to-end programming assures adoption and continuation of the benefits of Essential Kata. Your TWI Institute coach will meet with management, managers, trainers, supervisors and team leaders to observe your practice. Your coach will gauge progress, identify problems, suggest solutions and help realign goals.
What We Will Cover
Essential Kata, as is the case with all TWI Institute programs, is focused on the people who supervise the workers and the workers themselves. Its emphasis is not only on building skills, but also on empowering the worker to “learn by doing.” What’s more, Essential Kata 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.
- Building capability by extending people beyond their knowledge threshold
- Understanding and practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata patterns
- Comprehending the dynamics of a challenge and the importance of setting challenges
- Grasping the nature of the current condition and the associated metrics that define it
- Why identifying and removing obstacles is key to eliminating waste
- Understanding the importance of experiments and small steps
- Checking progress, coaching the worker and encouraging questions
Experience Impressive Results with Essential Kata
Increase Improvement Ideas Exponentially
Expand the knowledge threshold and creativity on your frontlines
More Collaborative and Cooperative Environments
Builds trust, teamwork and synergy
Change the Mindset on the Frontline
Instill the concept of doing and thinking toward achievable improvement targets
Higher Job Satisfaction
Realize more engagement and self-satisfaction
Kata Delivers Results Across Multiple Industries
Our end-to-end approach sets us apart
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.
Supervisors, team leaders and those who direct the work of others attend, participate and learn in our cornerstone programs: TWI, Kata and Standardized Work.
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.
We assess learning, validate pilot results, incorporate skills into routines, evaluate practices and culture, and measure performance against KPIs.
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.
We stay connected with planned reassessments, KPI checks, remedial coaching, and re-certifications to protect and grow your return on investment.