February, 2017 Thursday



Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement – Toyota Kata

ShoWare Center

Kent, WA, 625 W. James Street





In the Toyota Kata presentation, participants will become acquainted with a practice that is rapidly spreading throughout the Lean community.

A kata is a pattern you practice to learn a skill and mindset. Through practice, the pattern of a kata becomes second nature – done with little conscious attention – as for example, riding a bicycle. Once mastered it is an unconscious skill applied to navigating the road ahead.

With the book “Toyota Kata”, Mike Rother, the Shingo Prize winning author of “Learning to See” has advanced the practice of Lean, providing a systematic, scientific routine that can be applied to any goal.

What you will learn:

  • Why directly implementing the tools of “Lean” has such a poor record of sustaining results.
  • The purpose of Toyota Kata as a tool for learning.
  • The steps of improving a process.
  • How Toyota Kata works to:
    • Build a culture that inherently drives improvement.
    • Learn to drive sustainable results.
    • Improve employee engagement.


Steve Winters is an Account Executive for Impact Washington.  He has worked in Aerospace, Medical Device, and Automotive Parts Manufacturing in Operations Management, Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement.  Steve is also an Adjunct Instructor at Western Washington University, teaching Operations Management in the MBA program.

Click on the link below to register for one of the February Round Tables.




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NORTH Round Table

February 9th, 2017

7:00am – 9:30am




Corporate & Continueing Education Center


Everett Community College

2333 Seaway Blvd.

Everett, WA 98203


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SOUTH Round Table

February 23rd, 2017

7:00am – 9:30am




ShoWare Center

625 W. James Street

Kent, WA 98032


(Driving Directions Link)

If you register and are unable to attend please cancel via email or phone call 24 hours prior to event to avoid a $25.00 no-show fee.


Stacie Buchanan




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