Lean Digital Summit – Toyota Kata Puzzle experience workshop

Here are the slides from my Toyota Kata Puzzle experience workshop that I ran atthe Lean Digital Summit in Lisbon 2018-10-19

I had a great time giving my Toyota Kata Puzzle experience workshop based on the Kata in the Classroom workshop developed Mike Rother. Thank you the French Lean Institute, the Lean Global Network and the Portuguese Lean Academy for inviting me to share and learn together.

2018-10-19 12.32.44
All the learners preparing for the next experiment

Here are the hand-outs used in the workshop.

Workshop description:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– Aristotle

You have been doing agile for a few years now. With a regular cadence you have retrospectives and a lot of problems and great improvement opportunities are raised but you don’t seem to really improve. Let us put your retrospectives on steroids. Start using Toyota Kata!

Building on the power of habits, Toyota Kata will help you build a daily continuous learning and improvement culture, a kaizen culture.

In this intense and interactive 120 min session, you will be introduced to the two main Kata* of the Toyota Kata, the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. We will experience the fundamental behavior patterns at the core of the Toyota Kata methodology: the rapid experimental cycles and the Coaching Dialog. You will gain direct insight into the power of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata through repeated personal practice. You will experience how these daily habits or routines will help you to strive towards a state of awesomeness in small experiments focused on learning. Small teams will work together striving to achieve ever higher levels of awesomeness using the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata, thereby gaining practical hands-on familiarity with Toyota Kata.

Learning outcomes:

  • Provide an introduction to the core routines, mindset, and behavioral practices of Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata.
  • Allow you to experience the core routines of the of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata through interactive, hands-on exercises

Who should attend?

The target audience are Lean/Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, managers and anyone interested in continuous learning and improvement methods. Anyone can attend.


No prior knowledge needed.

If you want to prepare the following two books are highly recommended: Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother and Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale by Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O’Reilly

Time to stop collecting problems and start forming new habits of learning and improving!

(*) Kata means pattern, routine, habits or way of doing things. Kata is about creating a fast “muscle memory” of how to take action instantaneously in a situation without having to go through a slower logical procedure. A Kata is something that you practice over and over striving for perfection. If the Kata itself is relative static, the content of the Kata, as we execute it is modified based on the situation and context in real-time as it happens. A Kata as different from a routine in that it contains a continuous self-renewal process.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s