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Toyota Kata Podcast

Toyota Kata Podcast

By Mark Graban
This podcast brings you audio about "Toyota Kata" from online videos and webinars, reformatted to make it easy to listen while driving, walking, or traveling. Content is used with the permission of Mike Rother and others who originally created the content. The podcast is produced by Mark Graban.
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Kata: Mike Rother, "The Challenge of Developing Lean...

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Mike Rother's Keynote from KataCon5
Hi, this is Mark Graban. In this episode of the Kata Cast, I’m sharing audio that Mike Rother asked me to post here. It’s the audio of his opening keynote from the recent KataCon5 event. Thanks to my friends at Gemba Academy, sponsors of KataCon5, for recording and releasing a new video series from the KataCon. Please listen and share with your team as a lead-up to KataCon6, February 20-21, 2020 in Austin, TX. You won't want to miss what is shaping up to be a great gathering of learning and networking around the subject of scientific thinking. Go to to learn more. To check out the full video series, to go and you can sign up for a free trial if your organization is not already a subscriber. You can also watch video of the keynote here: 
September 03, 2019
Rother: Starter Kata in 4 Minutes
Mike Rother... Starter Kata are basic practice routines you begin with, to get skill fundamentals. The goal is to internalize each Starter Kata's pattern, so you can then build on and adapt that pattern under a variety of circumstances with little thought or hesitation. The Toyota Kata Starter Kata help anyone develop greater powers of scientific thinking, which equips you to meet all sorts of challenging goals. More information is in the 'Toyota Kata Practice Guide' at: Interestingly, the goal of the Dutch Reach is not 'to open the door with the right hand,' but rather for drivers to look back before opening the door. To build new skills and mindset it's helpful to have a little starter routine to practice, than to only hear, "Please look back before you open the door." #StarterKata #ToyotaKata From this video:
April 10, 2019
Habits for Continuous Learning and Improvement
Presentation by Hakan Forss at European Lean Educator Conference (ELEC) on 09/18/2014 at Stuttgart (edited from 34 minutes to 13 by Mike Rother).
January 02, 2016
Coaching Kata Mistakes, Michael Lombard
This presentation is from March 2014, by Michael Lombard. "These are the mistakes I've made as a Toyota Kata-style coach that have produced the best lessons learned for me. Hopefully you can build upon my mistakes and lessons learned to expedite your own Kata learning journey."
December 29, 2015
Mike Rother, Toyota Kata Research
To see the video, visit this forwarding URL: http://www.leanblog.orgkata5 This presentation gives a useful summary of the Toyota Kata research and explains what the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata are about. This presentation was made by Mike Rother at the HEC Montréal Business School on November 3, 2015. RESOURCES: - For a more detailed description of the Toyota Kata Research go to: - The "Five Question Card," the "IK/CK Practice Guide" and a set of IK/CK Powerpoint Slides can be downloaded at: - The BJ Fogg video can also be viewed on YouTube at:
November 29, 2015
Kata: Cookshack Case Study
Hi welcome to episode 4 of KataCast. This episode is a case study that was presented by Stuart Powell from Cookshack, a talk given in October 2015 at the 2015 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing. This audio comes from a video posted on Mike Rother's YouTube channel (his channel ID is 734mike) and you can find the video by using the forwarding URL The Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata (IK/CK) are practice routines ("Starter Kata") that help turn anyone into an experimenter striving for a strategic purpose. Stuart Powell and his team at Cookshack in Ponca City, Oklahoma strive to differentiate Cookshack from competitors by strategically applying the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata routines and practicing them daily.
November 15, 2015
Kata: Mike Rother, "The Challenge of Developing Lean...
Kata: Mike Rother, "The Challenge of Developing Lean Management," Deliberate Practice Released Nov 11, 2015 View the entire presentation via The first part of Mike's presentation on "scientific thinking" was Episode #2.
November 10, 2015
Kata: Mike Rother, "The Challenge of Developing Lean...
Released Nov 10, 2015 View the entire presentation via The second part of Mike's presentation on "deliberate practice" will be coming soon in Episode #3.
November 09, 2015
Intro to the Podcast
This is the intro to the "Toyota Kata Podcast" series that brings content from Mike Rother and others in the Toyota Kata community.
November 05, 2015