Cactus Lean

Continuous Improvement Information, Training & Events for Arizona


Cactus Lean is your Arizona resource for information, training, and events about Lean, Kata, Quality, and other Continuous Improvement tools and techniques from the experts at Park Avenue Solutions. 



Join us online and in-person for training, consulting, and coaching to support your continuous improvement success. 
NOTE:  Like you, we're working through in-person events and travel being postponed or canceled. We're taking the opportunity to fast-track our plans for an online community and classes to support your CI journey. Email or call us anytime and check back on here to see what's coming. We look forward to talking to you soon! 

If you take a gander at our website and social media, you'll see that we talk a lot about Toyota Kata. That's because it's a powerful methodology that can help develop everyday habits, skills sets, and capabilities in people.

Kata helps create a common way of thinking and doing that aligns people's daily work with the long-term objectives of the organization. Can you see the potential in that?

This first Kata Practitioner Day in Phoenix will be a special event full of hands-on training and practice with experienced Kata Coaches and Practitioners. As a special bonus for this inaugural event, participants can earn a Kata Certificate for completing this special 8-hour workshop. Sign up today! 

Banner - Kata Practitioner Day Phoenix, February 26, 2020 by Park Avenue Solutions and Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Kata Practitioner Day Phoenix

February 26, 2020
1:15 PM - 3:45 PM MST
with Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Arizona Commerce Authority - Phoenix

KPD Phoenix is an all-day workshop that will feature Kata foundations, interactive exercises, and firsthand information from Kata Practitioners about how implementing Kata has helped them and their organizations. Bring your team, build new skills together, and get ready to make a fresh start! 



 ASQ Tucson - Old Pueblo Section
Membership Meeting - Faribault Foods Tour
February 12, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
Faribault Foods
8755 S Rita Rd, Tucson, AZ 85747

ASQ Phoenix Section logo
An Introduction to Design for Reliability in Gated Development
with speaker Harold "Bud" Johnson
February 13, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
Edward Jones Training Center
8333 S. River Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85284
TRAINING - Free (click to join online)

Booth & Networking at KataCon6
February 19-21, 2020
Visit Park Avenue Solutions and Auburn Works
at Lean Frontier's KataCon6 in Austin, TX

Booth & Networking at Lean and Six Sigma Conference
February 23-25, 2020
ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference - Phoenix

Toyota Kata: People and Processes
Workshop with Leigh Ann Schildmeier and Hank Czarnecki
February 24, 2020
1:15 - 3:45 PM MST
ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference - Phoenix
Using Toyota Kata to Improve & Sustain Change
Conference Session with Leigh Ann Schildmeier and Dave Harry
February 25, 2020
2:45 - 3:45 PM MST
ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference - Phoenix


We'll keep adding more events, so check back often. If you have questions or would like to talk about scheduling training for your organization, contact us anytime. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Strive Fore Five Kata presentation by Leigh Ann Schildmeier, Park Avenue Solutions

Learn a Better Way of Problem-Solving with Toyota Kata

What would it look like if you had a team of empowered problem-solvers working for you?

Expert Kata practitioner and trainer Leigh Ann Schildmeier brings the concepts of Kata to life with interactive, fun workshops that will build a shared way of thinking and doing for your company.

Book a workshop or training session for your company today.