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This workshop uses the world-class simulation created BY Toyota to teach the Toyota Production System to GM employees during the NUMMI years (joint venture between Toyota and GM). It’s complex, chaotic at times, with production pressures, allowing you to experience how continuous improvement skills can be practiced in the flow of production. Learn how to think and act in a lean / continuous improvement environment. Read about The Origin of the Simulated Work Environment.

Learning Objective of the Skills Lab

Creating a culture of continuous improvement is a struggle for many organizations.  The Skills Labs will teach the “skills” of continuous improvement in a hands-on, learn-by-doing environment practicing the application and interplay between the continuous improvement skills of TWI (Job Instruction, Job Methods & Job Relations) and Toyota Kata (Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata).  Gaining knowledge, and especially direct experience, is critical to success of building a culture through the practice of continuous improvement.

You will be taught, coached, and trained by seasoned trainers on each skill through a series of presentations and practice sessions to identify and hone-in on each of the skills.  This special hybrid lab combines training sessions with practice sessions.  It is like an active Summit and workshop rolled into an intensive learn-by-doing delivery of the skills and how they complement and interact to build an improvement culture.

The Skills Lab will teach these skills, in part, through many practice iterations on the Skillpoint simulator (see below for details).  Participants will leave with experience and confidence to utilize all the continuous improvement skills to create a culture of continuous improvement in their own organizations.


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Take a look!

This video below features drone footage of the SkillPoint simulator. This is the environment in which you’ll learn the continuous improvement skills of TWI (JI, JM, & JR) and Toyota Kata (improvement kata & coaching kata) through multiple rounds of experiments toward target conditions. It doesn’t get any more real than this!


Transformation Starts with YOU!

You will walk away from this intensive practice Lab with the confidence, skills and knowledge to immediately begin leading and training others toward their own Target Conditions. To get you there, you’ll participate in a world-class simulation where you’ll learn and immediately practice the foundational skills of continuous improvement, over and over again.

A Skills Lab so realistic you may be eligible for wages and benefits!


The Skills Lab is designed, delivered, and supported through a partnership with Lean Frontiers, the TWI Institute, and the Center for Employee Development. This partnership brings experiences of focused lean training, solid instructional methodologies, and first-hand experience working with Toyota.


  • Learn and practice the skills of Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations, the Improvement Kata, and the Coaching Kata
  • Hands-On Lean Operational Training (CLICK HERE for more information)
  • Integrating TWI and Kata Skills as the Foundation to Continuous Improvement
  • Developing the Foundational Skill for Lean System & Operational Design and Culture Development


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