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Build4Scale NY: Grow Your Company's Productivity with Toyota Kata

We find ourselves in unprecedented times right now. How do we maintain focus on what we need to do to navigate forward? How do we ensure that our precious resources are aligned across the company? How do we stay nimble in the midst of a rapidly changing and developing environment?

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.

In this Webinar, 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

Webinar Date and Time

  • April 17th
  • 11am to 12pm EST

To register for this webinar, please complete the form below.


Sarah Burlingame

Sarah Burlingame - TDO
Senior Project Manager

FuzeHub is a not-for-profit organization that connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation and business growth. We help companies navigate New York’s robust network of industry experts at Manufacturing Extension Partners (MEP) centers, universities, economic development organizations and other providers. FuzeHub is the statewide New York MEP center, supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR).