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GA 214 | How to Set a Challenge with Mark Rosenthal

By Jessica Bush Updated on May 9th, 2018

This week’s guest is consultant Mark Rosenthal. Mark shared some insights regarding the various components of Toyota Kata, including setting a challenge and determining a target condition. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Mark’s background (2:10)
  • An overview of the improvement and coaching katas (4:23)
  • Setting the challenge (8:10)
  • The importance of thinking beyond the numbers (12:41)
  • Setting your target condition (16:33)
  • The wording (21:08)
  • The number of experiments it takes (23:14)
  • Mark’s approach (24:20)
  • The big mistake Mark sees (25:29)
  • Target conditions for your OEE challenge (26:14)
  • An example of the power of scientific thinking (28:36)
  • The conditions under which continuous improvement may fail (31:01)
  • Who Mark would shadow if he had a time machine (32:15)
  • Mark’s final words of wisdom (35:03)

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