What is Kata?

What is Kata?

Kata (Improvement Kata) is a practical four-step model of scientific thinking and acting, for achieving challenging goals. It makes continuous improvement through the scientific problem-solving method of plan, do, check, act (PDCA) a daily habit. 

Kata may have started in the automotive industry, but can be practiced in all areas of business and personal improvements.  The daily practice of Kata helps establish a routine that enables quick incremental improvements.  The more you practice Kata, the more it will become natural. 

The first 3 steps in Kata are the planning phases.  The 4th Step is where you begin to execute the rapid experiments using PDCA.



What is Coaching Kata?

A coach guides the learner and team through the scientific way of thinking and acting using a “Coaching Kata” session.  A coaching cycle involves asking the five coaching questions.  This should only take 5-15 minutes per day.

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*Source: Mike Rother and Rick Fleming