The biggest competitive advantage an organization can achieve comes from the synergies created by employees skilled in enhancing organizational dynamics. The Seven Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI, and Lean Training supplies time-tested tools and advice to help readers adapt to changing conditions and outcompete their rivals. It explains why a mix of the skill sets that Training Within Industry (TWI) and the Toyota Kata (behavior patterns) teach is the ideal recipe to boost organizational synergies and enhance any Lean transformation.Winner of a 2013 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence!
Bridging the kata/TWI nexus, the book lays out a road map for Lean success. It devotes a chapter to each of the Seven Kata and suggests possible courses of action dependent on your organization’s strengths and constraints. Bringing together valuable information on many of the disjointed Lean practices, it explains key Lean concepts, including gemba walks, genchi gembutsu, and PDCA.
After introducing kata, it reveals the different kata inherent in the three major TWI courses and the TWI Job Safety course. It illustrates the value stream analysis relationship to the kata and the kata relationship to TWI. It also demonstrates how to use kata to solve the problems identified in your value stream analysis while simultaneously conditioning your employees’ adaptive thinking patterns.
Supplying a clear understanding of exactly where the seven kata apply in your Lean journey, the authors include helpful guidelines for coaching a kata. They also highlight mistakes they have experienced or witnessed so you can avoid the same pitfalls. As globalism continues to make management’s organizational skills a competitive differentiator, this book provides you with the tools to use the seven kata to place your organization on a discernible path towards operational excellence.
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Weapons for the Economic Warrior
Skills, Not Tools
Toyota’s Connective Tissue
Skills of the Warrior
Training Within Industry’s Japanese Connection
Lean’s Formula: Syncretism and Ritual
A Word of Warning to Top Management
The Improvement Kata: Kaizen
The Nested Job Instruction Kata: Learn to Teach
The Coaching Kata: Teaching to Learn
The Problem-Solving Kata: Seek to Understand Kata
The Job Relations Kata: The Cultural Fortifier
Job Safety Kata: The Duplex Kata
The Job Methods Kata: Kipling’s Kata
Submit to the Kata
Appendix: A Lean Training Within Industry (TWI) Timeline
Conrad Soltero and Patrice Boutier are with the TMAC in El Paso, Texas.