GA 188 | How to Understand the Components of Kata with Brandon Brown

This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon provided us with a comprehensive breakdown of both the improvement and coaching katas, in anticipation of our upcoming kata course. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Brandon’s background (5:52)
  • The quotes that inspire Brandon (9:18)
  • About the Improvement Kata (10:44)
  • The challenge timeline (13:53)
  • Setting your target condition (18:03)
  • The obstacles (23:48)
  • Which obstacle to focus on (28:43)
  • The five questions (30:39)
  • The next step (34:11)
  • The second coach’s role (45:27)
  • The relationship between kaizen events and kata (52:15)
  • Final words of wisdom (57:50)

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Also be sure to visit Gemba Academy’s Toyota Kata resources at www.gembaacademy.com/kata

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