Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results
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Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results

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""Toyota Kata" gets to the essence of how Toyota manages continuous improvement and human ingenuity, through its improvement kata and coaching kata. Mike Rother explains why typical companies fail to understand the core of lean and make limited progress--and what it takes to make it a real part of your culture."
--Jeffrey K. Liker, bestselling author of "The Toyota Way" "[...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by McGraw-Hill (first published 2009)
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David E McClendon, Sr
Toyota Kata is about how Toyota has been able to maintain the lead over most manufacturers in the world. The term “Kata” can be defined as the Japanese word for a detailed, choreographed group of patterns that are repeated over and over as a system. In redneck terms it would be “You always do it like this.”

The author, Mike Rother, spent over six years studying how Toyota does things. One thing that he sought to find out is why, if other companies copy Toyota step for step, they can’t excel wher...more
Yuval Yeret
Followers of the blog might recall an early new year resolution to get more value from I read. Well the new year is with us, but this post is about returning debt from 2011. Toyota Kata is MY 2011 book of the year. It started me on a lot of thinking streaks and opened a lot of threads for how to effectively do my job as a Lean/Agile consultant. I have to say that many threads are still open. But I recently reread some sections of the book, and it’s about time to talk about it a bit, especially s...more
A great book for anybody looking to building a corporate culture of self improvement. There are no easy answers here but the strength in finding simple/processes solutions by teaching people to find the answer for themselves is the objective the book it trying to outline. It is the emphasis on teaching and coaching of the individuals that enables them to arrive at better solutions themselves. The philosophy is sound - the implementation in practise is going to be tricky.......
Torben Rasmussen
How do you make an organisation able to continuously improve and adapt? And more importantly: How do you enable the organisation to learn and then teach this ability to all people in the organisation - forever changing its culture.
Mike Rother does not explicitly state this as his goal, but more modestly he aims to give a - under the covers - look at how Toyota has answered these questions.
While the focus of examples is on manufacturing the book has implications for management of all types of o...more
Luke Kanies
Definitely worth reading, and depending on the reader, could be fantastic.

It's all about building a culture and process for continuous improvement. I expect the theory is better than the reality, and I'm skeptical a random person could read this and do much, but it makes clear the value of focusing on long-term, continuous improvement rather than any one technique or system. Just as applicable to any other endeavor as to building cars.
Mike Arvela
Contains a few gems and some good general advice, but would have benefited from ruthless editing: the book contains a lot of nonsense figures and many of the points are repeated 3-5 times. At times it felt like reading an academic article that contains filler phrases just because a certain page count had to be met. Nothing in this book that wouldn't have fit into a third of its length!
Anton Van der vloet
This book offers a very simple model, which is scientific in nature (ie. it works, whether you believe it or not), but which is really hard to master in practice. I'm at it now for half a year and still learning every time I practice the coaching kata. On my "deserted island" list for sure!!
Ben Royal
Wish I had this book 25 years ago - would have eliminated a lot of dead ends and grief. This is the book for "managing people for improvement." Step-by-step and the reasons why. Rother is one of the preeminent writers on lean. And don't let the Toyota in the title throw you in light of recent issues on their cars.
I really enjoyed this book because it was very accessible and made a ton of sense. It is a no-brainer that The hardest part will be convincing people to change their "kata", or routines, but, isn't it always?
IMHO, this volume and Leadership & Self Deception and The Anatomy of Peace (both by the Arbinger Institute) are the only management books worth reading.
Andreas Aris
Toyota's rules. Good at theory, not bad on street. But, it's worth reading, anyway ...
Miguel Hernandez
Bad To read unless you're an industrial engineer or are really into management...
Henry Hawthorne
Great book on how to think and manage lean, rather than how to "do" lean.
Louise Oskam
Essential reading for any serious Lean Practitioner
Denise Henry
A lot of repetition.
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