Tag: Toyota Kata

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

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.



Kata in the Conference Room – Introduction to Toyota Kata

If your organization struggles with achieving business goals or can’t seem to get continuous improvement to become ingrained in the culture, you don’t want to miss this session.

Join TDO for a fun and interactive introduction to the subject of Toyota Kata facilitated by a Kata Coach with over 400 coaching sessions under his belt. “Kata in the Conference Room” is an adaptation of Mike Rother’s “Kata in the Classroom” targeted at people in a manufacturing office environment. Participants will be exposed to the 2 fundamental patterns that are the secret to Toyota’s continuous improvement culture; The Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata. Learning will occur through a hands-on exercise guaranteed to engage everyone.


Toyota Kata 10-Hour Program & ½ Day Simulation

Enroll Now for Special Introductory Program & Pricing

Special Introductory Cost: $500 (a $1500 value)
Space is limited: 10 participants total (limit 2 per company)

Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to learn and practice Toyota Kata while acquiring your 10-Hour Program certificate, a pre-requisite to the 40-Hour Train-the-Trainer Program. This two-day program includes:

  • ½ Day Simulation intertwining knowledge of the process and principles with hands-on practice powerfully illustrating the effectiveness of Toyota Kata. It provides an introduction and foundation which will amplify the value of the 10-Hour program.
  • The Toyota Kata 10-hour program models the proven training methodology of the TWI programs, helping attendees grasp the core knowledge and become proficient in using the Coaching Kata and Improvement Kata in a short time.

Along with the class, receive an additional 4 hours of follow-up coaching.

The program is offered by TDO in collaboration with the TWI Institute.

Please contact Mary Clare Sweeney at 315-425-5144 x305 for more information or to register. Or if you prefer fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you. Space is limited, so register today.