August, 2017 Monday



Two Day Kata Workshop – Vancouver, WA

Riverview Community Bank Center

Vancouver, WA, 17205 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98683

Become acquainted with Toyota Kata and put its discipline into action in this two day practitioner-focused workshop.

Date:  August 14 and 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Riverview Community Bank Center

17205 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98683

Toyota Kata has come to define a practice that is rapidly spreading throughout the lean community.

What is a Kata?

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 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. It has inspired a community of practitioners who are building a sustainable lean culture.

Who should attend:

You have read, or heard of, Toyota Kata and want to learn more from an experienced coach and practitioner.

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 four steps of improving a process.
  • The key questions for developing people’s improvement skills.
  • How Toyota Kata works to:
  • Build a culture that inherently drives improvement.
  • Builds competence and clarity throughout the organization.

What you will practice:

  • Analyzing processes and establishing targets for improvement.
  • Rapid cycles of learning and improvement.
  • Coaching a cycle of improvement.


  • Learn to move from an “event driven” culture
  • Define short-term Target Conditions
  • Increase ability to effectively communicate and to meet the changing demands of the marketplace
  • Develop people through the Coaching Kata.
  • Learn to drive sustainable results.
  • Establish a clear understanding of Current Conditions.
  • Improve employee engagement.

Mark Rosenthal, Managing Director of Novayama Consulting, is a seasoned Toyota Kata teacher and coach with over two decades of experience in continuous improvement across a wide spectrum of operations. He has worked for companies or with clients in:

  • Aerospace
  • Tier-1 Automotive Parts
  • Heath care equipment and supplies
  • Power generation equipment
  • Tires
  • Integrated circuit fabrication
  • Consumer hard goods
  • Health care

Cost: $595 – Discount for two or more registering together $525. Continental breakfast, lunch and program materials included.

Become a member of Made in Washington

Join for FREE