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Kata Practitioner Day

Coming to PHOENIX February 2020!

The Kata Practitioner Day is a forum to learn and discuss Kata and to hear first-hand from Phoenix area companies that are practicing Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata.

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The 1st Phoenix Kata Practitioner Day

Date:  February 2020

Location:  TBD - Phoenix area


About the Event

Hands-on learning + first-hand Kata experiences

Getting Started and Sharing Expertise


Kata is a Continuous Improvement (Lean) Methodology to develop everyday habits, skills sets, and capabilities in people, aligned with and in support of achieving the long-term objectives of the organization.

The book Toyota Kata by Mike Rother was published in 2009 and marked the beginning of a different way of thinking about and deploying Lean.

Today many organizations have made a practice of the Improvement and Coaching Kata as part of daily work. This helps companies develop the capability of their people while simultaneously achieving challenging goals.

  • How do we keep improvement going?
  • How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us toward strategic goals?
  • How can we work to develop solutions scientifically, instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

Event Schedule

This half-day event will include networking, learning from Kata users and experts, and hands-on practice. 

Kata Practitioner Day Full-Day Agenda

7:00 AM
Registration & Networking
Check-in and get ready for the day! Enjoy coffee and continental breakfast while networking with your fellow Kata Practitioners.
8:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Welcome to the Kata Practitioners and participating companies. Review of the KPD Agenda.
8:15 AM
IK & CK Overview
Overview of Toyota Kata. Learn the 4 steps of the Improvement Kata (IK); relate the IK to your current CI approach. Learn about the Coaching Kata (CK)
10:00 AM
Discussion / Q&A
Quick discussion and time for any questions to ensure that all participants understand that fundamentals of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata patterns.
10:15 AM
15-minute break before KPD agenda resumes with real-world Kata experiences from local company representatives.
10:30 AM
How We Use Kata - Practitioner 1
Hear first-hand from a local company on how they use Kata and what they have learned.
10:50 AM
How We Use Kata - Practitioner 2
Hear first-hand from a local company on how they use Kata and what they have learned.
11:10 AM
How We Use Kata - Practitioner 3
Hear first-hand from a local company on how they use Kata and what they have learned.
11:30 AM
How We Use Kata - Practitioner 4
Hear first-hand from a local company on how they use Kata and what they have learned.
11:50 AM
Discussion / Q&A
Quick discussion and time for any questions about the Practitioner Testimonials and the remaining portions of KPD.
12:00 PM
Lunch is provided for all registered Kata Practitioner Day participants. Please note any dietary restrictions at the time of registration.
1:00 PM
Kata in the Classroom Exercise
We will be conducting a hands-on exercise to demonstrate the pattern of the Improvement Kata. The Improvement Kata is a scientific-thinking routine you can practice, that helps you achieve almost any goal.
3:30 PM
Discussion / Q&A / Wrap-up
Quick discussion and time for any questions about the Kata in the Classroom exercise. KPD final wrap-up.
4:00 PM
KPD end
Thank you for attending Kata Practitioner Day! If you have any questions or would like to schedule a KPD at your location, please contact us at 844-LEAN-ROI.

Keynote Speakers

Kata Coaches, Trainers, and Representatives from Companies using Kata.

Leigh Ann Schildmeier

Toyota Kata Coach & Instructor, Lean Expert, Quality Professional, Founder & President of Park Avenue Solutions

Leigh Ann specializes in training and 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, Six Sigma Black Belt, and expert Kata Coach and instructor with experience across a range of industries, including healthcare, finance, energy, and manufacturing.



Toyota Kata Coach, Lean Six Sigma Instructor, Founder of The Process Whisperer Consultants LLC

Experienced Lean Six Sigma Champion, Black Belt, Six Sigma Instructor, US Naval Officer, Naval Aviator, change agent and Project Manager. Dave specializes in business process analysis and project management consulting and training. An experienced Kata Coach and Instructor, he is also a PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), triple accreditated as Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) from ASQ, Rolls-Royce and Northrop Grumman, and SME Lean Bronze Certified (LBC).

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Real-World Kata

Representatives of Phoenix area companies share their Kata experiences

Representatives from companies that have used Kata in their organizations will share their experiences and insights. Topics to be discussed will include: How they came to the decision to implement Kata. How they decided where to start. Challenges and successes of their Kata implementation. Recommendations for other companies ready to implement Kata.




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