What is Kata in Lean and Continuous Improvement?
The term “Kata” is used in the martial arts to refer to a set pattern of movements. The objective is to practice and master these movements so that they become embedded in the mind and body. A given pattern becomes second nature.
In the world of business and people management, Kata unifies skill, practice and culture. Kata, along with the PDCA cycle — Plan, Do, Check Act — is a scientific, systematic and structured way for an organization to continuously improve. Kata becomes ingrained in an organization’s people and procedures. The essence of Kata is the way to work, experiment and innovate. The beauty of Kata is that it instills an instinct to seek and pursue process improvements on a daily basis.
In the workplace, there are two basic Kata patterns — Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata.
The Improvement Kata template uses a four-phase model for problem solving and innovation.
- Understanding where you need to be — the Desired Condition and why it is necessary to achieve.
- Realizing where you are right now — the Current Condition.
- Setting a series of incremental Target Conditions that paves the way forward.
- Addressing and removing obstacles along the way that prevent achieving the Desired Condition.
The Coaching Kata is a structured and ongoing pattern of questions a coach asks of those doing the work and improving it. It is a proven method for workers to learn by doing and build up a culture of determination to improve. The Coaching Kata gives managers and leaders a way to systematically strive toward target conditions by best use of people’s capabilities.
- What is Kata?
- Why Kata?
- Understanding Direction by Setting a Challenge/Goal
- Grasping the Current Condition
- Setting the First and Subsequent Target Conditions
- Experimenting Toward the Target Condition
Kata Knowledge Certification: The Best Way to Start Your Kata Journey
An organization in the early stages of assessing “What is Kata in Lean and Continuous Improvement?” Those on the evaluation team will learn what Kata is, its benefits and how it delivers ROI to the organization.
For people in an organization planning to start Kata training. The Kata Knowledge Certification is the ideal pre-requisite for Kata programs and will reduce training time.
Individuals who work in any organization and want to expand their Kata skill base. Individuals completing this Certification will gain an excellent footing in Kata.
For individuals interested in becoming a Kata Certified Trainer.
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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.