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Toyota Kata strengthens the application of A3

Toyota Kata Strengthens the Application of A3 Article Contribution by Gene Kaschak and Oscar Roche, March 2019 An Operations Manager at a winery in Australia has often said “You know when something new is worthwhile because it compliments and strengthens what is often already in place.” The Toyota Kata patterns fit right into A3s and [...]

How to Understand the Individual Employee

How to Understand the Individual Employee By Richard Abercrombie Essential to helping people learn and grow is knowing what they are feeling and understanding their opinions. Learning how to grasp those opinions and feelings is thus pivotal. A good supervisor understands and respects these opinions and feelings when giving appropriate guidance. How can the supervisor [...]

Lean HR Resources: 6 Creative Presentations

Lean HR Resources: 6 Creative Presentations Enjoy these presentations from the first “Pecha Kucha” event at the Lean HR & People Development Summit. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format designed for short, rapid presentations that tell a story. Join us for the 2019 Lean HR & People Development Summit and share YOUR story at the [...]

Pet Peeve: “We Have a Skills Shortage”

Pet Peeve: "We have a skills shortage." I have a few pet peeves (just ask my wife), but most of them involve toothpaste lids and ketchup on steak. One that crosses into the professional side of my life though is hearing those in industry complain that they "can't hire good people" or that there is [...]

Leadership Development Through Toyota Kata

Leadership Development Through Toyota Kata NOTE: This article was written by Sam Wagner of FAST Global Solutions. Sam is a TWI and Toyota Kata Thought Leader and has appeared several times as featured speaker at the annual TWI Summit and Toyota Kata Summit. (this year held in Savannah, GA, February 18-22, 2019). Learn more about [...]

Top 15 Lean Conferences of 2019

Top 15 Lean Conferences of 2019 There is no shortage of lean-related events in 2019, from small regional conferences, to workshops, to large international events that draw the world’s top thought leaders. This list captures what we believe to be the best events, run by the best organizations, for those seeking to learn and network [...]

The Meta-Patterns of Innovation

The Meta-Patterns of Innovation by Mark Rosenthal When we study organizations whose performance stands out among their peers, we tend to try to understand the structural patterns of what they do. For instance, the product and process mechanics - how the inputs are transformed into outputs; the organization chart - who reports, and “is accountable” [...]

The Improvement Kata – A Way of Developing Scientific Thinking to Create an Agile Mindset

The Improvement Kata – A Way of Developing Scientific Thinking to Create an Agile Mindset “You know, we often lead change through projects in our organization but about 10% of the change is technology based, the rest is people based.” Bill Robertson – IT Director, De Bortoli Wines Australia, June 2018 Bill says it’s 90% […]

Balancing the See-Saw of Process Changes and People

Balancing the See-Saw of Process Changes and People Lean or operational excellence programs tend to be strong on specifying the process or engineering angle of the future state manufacturing system. The people angle, on the other side, is often less developed. This imbalance delays operational excellence projects and lean conversions significantly, and performance improvements are [...]

Toyota Kata Illustrates Skill and “Need for Change” Obstacles

Toyota Kata Illustrates Skill and “Need for Change” Obstacles Article Note: The following article was authored by Oscar Roche and Mike Withka, hosts of a November 8, 2019 webinar titled, "Toyota Kata pulls in training and people needs at a custom bottling operation." Through the continued application of the Improvement Kata, and coaching, it appears [...]