The Toyota Kata Practice Guide: Practicing Scientific Thinking Skills for Superior Results in 20 Minutes a Day

  • 3h 32m
  • Mike Rother
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2018

Take the Kata path to scientific thinking and superior results!

In this long-awaited companion to the groundbreaking book Toyota Kata, Mike Rother takes you to the next level of developing business mindset and capability for the 21st Century. Much more than a list of management concepts, The Toyota Kata Practice Guide walks you through the process of making improvement, adaptation, and even innovation routine behavior.

Designed to help a coach (the manager) and a learner work together for developing new skillsets, The Toyota Kata Practice Guide delivers the information, insight, and frameworks you need to:

  • Form habits that help you solve problems and achieve challenging goals
  • Modify the thought patterns that drive your behavior
  • Develop an organizational mindset that drives superior results

The Improvement Kata gives learners the means to experiment their way through obstacles and achieve tough goals; the Coaching Kata gives managers the means to accelerate and cement their people's learning.

In the new age of business, increasing efficiency and decreasing costs is no longer the end game. A manager’s job today is to develop patterns of thinking and acting in their people that lead to success with any challenge. Consistent, mindful practice is the best way to do it―and The Toyota Kata Practice Guide is the best way to get there.

About the Author

Mike Rother is an engineer, researcher, and teacher who works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams, and organizations. He shares his findings widely and is in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.

In this Book

  • Introduction—A Way to Learn and Teach Scientific Thinking
  • Scientific Thinking for Everyone
  • Guidelines for Good Practice
  • Roles and Structure for Daily Practice
  • Get Ready to Practice
  • Understand the Direction or Challenge (Step 1)
  • Grasp the Current Condition (Step 2)
  • Establish the Next Target Condition (Step 3)
  • Experiment toward the Target Condition (Step 4)
  • The Summary Reflection
  • Introduction to the Coaching Kata
  • Coaching Cycles—Concept Overview
  • How to Do a Coaching Cycle—Practice Routines
  • Conclusion