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Continuous improvement and striving for challenging goals is a common desire and even a necessity in most organizations. Nevertheless, it is hard to implement and even harder to sustain on a daily basis unless we make it a habit as habits actually direct a large part of our daily lives.
Practicing Toyota Kata helps to create a daily habit of continuous improvement and scientific thinking, which enables people to reach all types of challenging goals. It was developed by Mike Rother, based on his study of Toyota’s management approach. This Memory Jogger is based on Mike Rother’s findings published in Toyota Kata Culture (McGraw-Hill, 2017) and The Toyota Kata Practice Guide (McGraw-Hill, 2018).
The Toyota Kata Memory Jogger covers the four basic steps at the core of Toyota Kata. It explains how to get started using numerous Starter Kata and then covers the Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata in detail. The final two chapters go into depth on how to develop into a better Coach and how to ask the right questions in the right way.
Practicing the tools and techniques described in this Memory Jogger has proven to be robust and powerful for individuals striving for a personal goal, managers seeking to enable their team to reach challenging targets, and organizations seeking to develop a culture of continuous improvement.
This Toyota Kata Memory Jogger comes complete with a built in Coaching Kata Questions Card and a free downloadable set of Toyota Kata templates.
The templates are available at the link: www.goalqpc.com/product/toyota-kata-downloads/
“The Toyota Kata Memory Jogger is a great quick reference for the Toyota Kata topic. Furthermore, authors Jean-Marc, Marc-Olivier and Tilo bring in valuable perspectives and suggestions for coaching the coach, asking questions at each step and working on organizational culture. This is a fine addition to the growing body of Toyota Kata resources.”
Mike Rother – Engineer, teacher, speaker, Shingo publication award winner, and Association of Manufacturing Excellence’s Hall of Fame inductee.
Kevin T. –
What a great book! It details the foundational concepts of Kata and how to implement them in an easy to follow and easy to understand way. A well written reference book that will have you set up for success in your workplace either as a Kata Learner or Kata Coach.
Tyler R. –
Received this book through a training course and I’ve referenced it many times. Great format, easy to use and go back to when I have questions. Would definitely recommend to others.
Angela H. –
I am relatively new to Toyota Kata and this book was extremely useful to me. It was an easy read, with lots of good examples to help with understanding, and templates to use in the work place. I have it with me all the time just in case I need to find a quick reference.
Steven U. –
This book quickly became my go to resource as we begin rolling out Toyota Kata at our company. My team and I reference it so frequently that we ended up purchasing one for everyone on the implementation team. The option to customize the covers with our logo for free was excellent and a nice bonus.
Becky A. –
An excellent reference and learning guide to the overall Kata methodology. The authors’ wealth of experience comes across throughout the book which adds to the overall value. Well worth the purchase!