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WEBINAR: Learn How Toyota Kata Can Deliver Focused Improvement For Your Organization

April 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Stop making “recreational improvements” and start moving the needle to drive your business towards achieving desired goals. What’s the secret? Toyota Kata!

Webinar Overview:
If you are familiar with martial arts or have ever seen the 1980’s hit movie, “Karate Kid”, then you already have some insight as to what it means to practice a kata.

The way in which Mister Miyagi teaches Daniel Son Karate is completely reliant upon practicing katas! Who remembers “Wax on. Wax off.”?

Toyota Kata is much the same!

Through “Coach” and “Learner” interactions, the Coach is able to help the Learner develop continuous improvement capability. By practicing patterns of scientific thinking, the Coach helps the Learner maneuver through unfamiliar territory to reach a desired outcome.

Join Sarah Burlingame a Senior Project Manager at TDO for a webinar on April 17th. Participants will discover how to leverage the “Improvement Kata” and “Coaching Kata” patterns that have helped Toyota develop their world renowned continuous improvement culture. Understand how brain science backs up the daily practice of these patterns. Real world examples will illustrate how the “Improvement kata” maximizes resource utilization by ensuring improvement activities are aligned with business goals.

What you will learn:

  • The 4 steps of the Improvement Kata
  • The 5 steps of the Coaching Kata
  • The importance of focused improvement vs. recreational improvement
  • What a “Knowledge Threshold” is and why it is important



Sarah Burlingame

A Senior Project Manager at TDO, Sarah brings 20+ years of experience in quality systems, continuous improvement and workforce engagement to TDO clients. Prior to joining the TDO Team, her leadership roles included Quality Assurance Manager, Plant Safety Manager and other management positions in the Operations, Training and Logistics Departments at Anheuser-Busch. Sarah specializes in the application of Lean Manufacturing techniques and successfully led her Baldwinsville Brewery Team to 100% achievement of their top KPIs in 2016.

Sarah has a strong passion for workplace organization and efficiencies and believes in utilizing employee engagement and knowledge to reach and surpass any set goals. Her motivational techniques and ability to coach others is highly effective at driving cultural evolution in a workplace. Sarah has led many continuous improvement (CI) initiatives over the years and offers an enthusiastic approach to improving a business through the inclusion and education of all employees in a workplace.

Sarah is certified as a Lead Auditor for Quality Management System (ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001) and is also certified in SQF and HACCP. Sarah is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is a certified instructor for TWI Job Instruction, Job Relations, Job Methods and Toyota Kata.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo.




April 17, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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