Workshop 1:
Improvement KATA Workshop with Live Simulation

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
08:15 - 17:00
Holiday Inn, Stuttgart, Room Da Vinci

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During this workshop, participants will ...
  • Obtain a basic understanding of the Improvement KATA trajectory
  • Have an appreciation for the value of the Coaching KATA methodology
  • Participate in a 4-round simulation that is unknown in Europe up to now
  • Gain an appreciation of how the Improvement and Coaching KATA can rejuvenate a Lean Initiative and provide a basis for moving confidently and successfully into your future

Are you searching for an answer to: "How can our continuous improvement process survive and thrive?" The Improvement KATA addresses this challenge by providing the framework for a sustainable problem solving culture incorporating targeted experimentation and personal learning. In this practical workshop you will learn about two specific behavior routines, or KATA. First, the Improvement KATA is a repeating routine of establishing challenging target conditions, working iteratively through obstacles and learning from problems encountered along the way. Second, the Coaching KATA is a pattern of teaching the Improvement KATA to employees at every level, ensuring that it permeates their thinking and actions.

Participation in the Improvement KATA simulation makes it easy to understand how the KATA components come together. The interactive simulation brings KATA "to life" as team members systematically improve their way toward a target condition by using the Improvement KATA steps.

If you are seeking a better way to lead, manage and develop people to produce continuous improvements with superior results, this session is four you!

Course agenda
  • KATA Overview
  • Direction
  • Current Condition
  • Round 1 Simulation (block diagrams, obstacles, exit-cycle times, run charts)
  • Round 2 Simulation (planned cycle time, run charts, current conditions)
  • Target Condition
  • PDCA Cycles (systematic iteration)
  • Round 3 Simulation (1st PDCA on a selected obstacle)
  • Coaching KATA
  • Round 4 Simulation (2nd PDCA on a selected obstacle)
  • Participants experience the roles of Learner and 1st Coach
  • Overview of La-Z-Boy's KATA Journey
    • Examples of La-Z-Boy and other company KATA deployments and details of their journey
    • Participants share individual/team observations and participate in group Q&A
    • Wrap up, evaluations and feedback

Who should attend

Who should attend:

  • Leaders who are responsible for setting a new direction for how their organization views management, improvement, adaptiveness and innovation
  • Anyone interested in learning how to focus their valuable and, oftentimes, limited resources on only those specific obstacles that lie along the path that leads toward the accomplishment of their Vision/Challenge
  • Those wishing to engage their teams in daily PDCA continuous improvement activities that will guide them along their Lean Journey's path to perfection

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