GA 214 | How to Set a Challenge with Mark Rosenthal

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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