The Manufacturing Conference and Expo will feature a dozen courses for manufacturing executives, headlined by the Toyota Kata Practitioner Day.

Have you ever found yourself asking:

  • How do we keep improvement going?
  • How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us toward strategic goals?
  • How can we work to scientifically remove obstacles, instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

The Kata Practitioner Day is a forum that delivers answers to the above questions.  Around the world, Toyota Kata is being utilized to address process, people and communication issues. The purpose of this event is to provide a compact, uncomplicated forum for sharing first-hand experiences and lessons learned from real practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata patterns.

Many organizations are making this practice a part of their day-to-day activity to deliberately practice scientific thinking skills and drive continuous improvement toward challenging goals. This approach to problem-solving engages all levels of an organization (i.e., leadership, management, and value adders) on a daily basis. By utilizing 5 Coaching Kata questions to manage the discussions at the Kata Storyboard, the team can focus on the “right things at the right time for the right reasons.”

The course instructor will be Brandon Brown, Master Kata Coach and owner of Continuous Coaching Commitment. Brown is also a Lean instructor and facilitator. Recently, he was the keynote speaker at the first TWI-Kata Summit in Prague, CZ, and Zilina, SK in Central Europe.

The Toyota Kata Practioner Day will be held at the TD Convention Center on the conference floor on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 9 a.m. Seating limited. Cost is $175/person; $155 for SCLA members and $95 for educators.