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Toyota Kata @ La-Z-Boy

Here is the La-Z-Boy Dayton Tennessee plant's Toyota Kata journey I presented at the Maryland World Class Consortia's 2014 conference

Toyota Kata @ La-Z-Boy

Added by Hank Czarnecki on December 6, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments

Auburn Technical Assistance Center - Overview & Capabilities

Link to ATAC Overview & Capabilities

ATAC Presentation 2014

Added by Hank Czarnecki on December 11, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

Quality at the Source: Practical Leadership Techniques


One of the fundamental concepts of lean is Quality at the Source (QAS).  Typically, lean practitioners discuss QAS from the aspects of error proofing and not passing on defects.  These QAS…


Added by David Hicks on April 2, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Lean Reading List

The Auburn Lean Team has developed a recommended readings list for continuous improvement professionals that want to gain a good introductory understanding on why and how the lean production philosophy can and should be applied to the industry. Books are grouped by the 3 elements of a successful Lean Transformation - Purpose - Process -…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on April 6, 2014 at 7:01am — No Comments

KASH - Knowledge, Attitude, Skills & Habits

I was recently introduces to the KASH model and thought it was an excellent tool to share.

Each team member (TM) brings four distinct characteristics to an organization – Knowledge, Skills, Attitude and Habit – which affect performance and hence the success of the individual.  While most of the organizations focus on selecting employees based on the knowledge and skills they possess, successful companies differentiate themselves by focusing not only on the Knowledge and Skills…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on March 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Toyota Business Practice - 8 Step Problem Solving little insight

The 8 steps of the Toyota Business Process are:

1. Clarify the problem

2. Breakdown the problem

3. Set a target

4. Analyze the root cause

5. Develop countermeasures

6. See countermeasures through

7. Evaluate both results and process

8. Standardize successful processes

Little more detail on the Steps:

1.  Clarify the problem includes alignment to the Ultimate Goal or Purpose and to identify the Ideal situtation, current situation and the…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on November 1, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Culture Change Through the Toyota Kata- Practical Leadership Tips

I’ve heard culture defined as, “what most of the people do, most of the time.” Leaders are constantly faced with the challenge to improve their financial situation, but culture often seems to hold them back (Pay, 2008).

The Toyota Kata process is a guidebook for obtaining a more…


Added by David Hicks on July 5, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Toyota Kata and The Talent Code


How do we learn and coach the Improvement Kata?  You will learn in our upcoming Mike Rother - Toyota Kata Seminar being held on July 17, 2012 at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL.  In addition to learning the Improvement and Coaching Kata, Rother will also make reference to a…


Added by Rick Battye on June 27, 2012 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Toyota Kata

Toyota Kata Summary.pdf


Put together a few notes related to  Toyota Kata -- Hank

Added by Hank Czarnecki on February 21, 2012 at 7:43am — No Comments

Deploying the Improvement Kata


Get started practicing the Improvement Kata before the upcoming Mike Rother - Toyota Kata Seminar being held on July 17, 2012 at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL.  The attached Kata Quick Start will show the steps involved in getting started on learning the Improvement Kata.  Practicing…


Added by Rick Battye on June 7, 2012 at 10:34am — No Comments

Freeing Your Mind toward Continuous Improvement


I recently went to a Toyota Kata seminar instructed by Mike Rother who is the author of the book Toyota Kata.  The book explains the improvement process using a structured approach involving many rapid improvement cycles, commonly called PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act).  By practicing these…


Added by Rick Battye on March 30, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Disciplined People – Disciplined Thought – Disciplined Action

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.  ~Vince Lombardi

Jim Collins, Good To Great states: “Sustained great results depend upon building a culture full of self-disciplined people who take disciplined action, fanatically consistent with... the Hedgehog Concept.  (This hedgehog concept reminds me of Deming’s “constancy of purpose” principle. The great companies discriminate…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on February 22, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Learning How To Learn

Riding a bike – Once you learn to ride a bike you never forget - Working in a system is like riding a bike – We pedal faster if needed or slower, turning and braking we just have to manage the system – Now If we had to build a bike how many of us could accomplish this task?? How about building a production system?? Often the questions asked are: Why are there so few examples of great companies? Why do so…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on November 22, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments


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