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Warm Up & Kata with Us

Jan 11, 2023 2:24:00 PM

It reached 70° here yesterday!

I took my lunch break around my pool to soak up the sun's warmth.

I'm Speaking!  ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference, Feb 26-28, Phoenix

Get away from the COLD and DREARY winter weather and join us at the ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference right here in Phoenix, February 26-28. I loved visiting the Phoenix area so much during the cold weather that I moved out here in 2019. Golf happens year-round!

Hands-On Workshop

Starter Kata: Building a Continuous Improvement Culture

  • Understand how training the Starter Kata routine across an entire team or workforce can create a shared skillset and mindset of active, adaptive problem-solving, the foundation of a successful continuous improvement culture.
  • Learn the fundamentals of the Improvement Kata and gain hands-on experience with the Starter Kata through a simulated challenge that reinforces the components of the Kata methodology —Vision/Challenge, Current Condition, Target Condition, Obstacles, PCDAs, and Coaching.
  • Engage with Kata Coaching through a demonstration of a daily Kata Coaching routine that uses the 5 Coaching Kata Questions to support Kata Learners and ensure the mindset and methodology become embedded in the team or organization through daily practice and team accountability.

See you soon in sunny Phoenix! (Can't make it? Drop us a note. We'll set something up online or in person to get you and your team up to speed fast.) 

Leigh Ann Schildmeier
Written by Leigh Ann Schildmeier

Leigh Ann Schildmeier specializes in implementing continuous improvement and risk mitigation strategies that help clients increase efficiency, improve quality and service, and increase profits. A frequent speaker and coach on process improvement topics, she is a certified Lean Practitioner, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Kata Coach with more than 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including healthcare, finance, and manufacturing. Leigh Ann is the founder and president of Park Avenue Solutions, a business process improvement consulting firm that works to empower excellence in businesses and teams.



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