Books: “Toyota Kata” and “Toyota Kata Practice Guide”

by Mike Rother, 2009 – Managing People For Improvement, Adaptiveness, and Superior Results

by Mike Rother, 2018 – Practicing Scientific Thinking Skills for Superior Results in 20 Minutes a Day

“The essential foundations for a scientific improvement approach based on facts and respect for people’s expertise.
To be applied on a daily basis.”

What I Liked The Most

  • Four steps of the Improvement Kata as a practical, everyday scientific way of thinking and working.
  • Development of people’s capabilities to continuously understand a situation and improve. Develop scientific skills and mindset in people through the work itself.
  • Value Stream Mapping for keeping an eye on the overall picture.
  • Five questions of the Coaching Kata in 20 minutes daily sessions.
  • Problem-solving approach versus hiding the problem and hunting for solutions.
  • Model for changing organizational culture based on repeatedly practicing new behavior patterns.

What Important Lessons I Learned

  • Go and see how a process is working to deeply understand the current condition.
  • Keep the focus on what really needs to be improved by successive target conditions in the direction of a long-term vision.
  • Rely on facts rather than opinions or judgments.
  • Change only one thing at a time, so the cause-effect relationship is maintained.
  • At Toyota, improving and managing are one and the same.
  • Prefer constant daily improvement to occasional improvement projects.


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