Kata Coaching & Improvement Workshop

4th – 5th June 2018
Hotel Football, Manchester



Kata expert Drew Locher takes you on a practical journey through Toyota’s incredibly successful Kata managerial thinking process.

Key Learning:

  • Learn how to apply Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in your organisation
  • Help people become comfortable with change and strive for new challenges
  • Make daily improvement part of an everyday habit
  • Improve the problem solving and continuous improvement abilities of your people by developing your own training and coaching skills based on Kata
  • Teach a systematic, scientific way of developing your associates’ own solutions

Learn the Kata Routines: Over two days, you will learn the two types of Kata routines through a mix of simulation and expert-led classroom activity:

Day one: Improvement Kata – Learn to teach a simple, scientific and structured method of continuous improvement. Solve problems, improve process and results by conducting short PDCA cycles.

Day two: Coaching Kata – Learn a set of coaching routines to help develop effective coaching habits. Learn the methodology of how to manage, support, monitor and initiate team-based improvement activities through instruction and simulation.


This workshop is ideal for improvement champions, Lean leaders and any professional responsible for developing and coaching people, including:

  • Enterprise leaders and managers requiring an underpinning knowledge to lead the adoption and practice of Lean management.
  • Existing Lean and continuous improvement leaders who want to lead and manage more effectively.
  • Individuals and organisations focused on creating and developing Lean leaders.
  • HR professionals charged with leadership development and involving more of their organisation’s people in improvement, adaptation and innovation.

NOTE: This workshop is suitable for leaders from all sectors, including manufacturing, service industries and the public sector.

Unlock the success of Lean management thinking Habits + routines = continuous improvement

Workshop Overview:

Kata expert Drew Locher takes you on a practical journey through Toyota’s incredibly successful Kata managerial thinking process. Over two days of hands-on activities and simulations, learn how Kata Coaching and Improvement can turn behaviours into habits and patterns into routines in any organisation. This workshop is a unique opportunity to discover how to unlock the habits of continuous improvement and hear why Kata is so critical to Toyota’s continuing success.

Key benefits:

  • Transform your management approach to coaching by encouraging, advising and mentoring colleagues through Coaching Kata.
  • Use Improvement Kata to teach others and motivate your team’s way of thinking and acting to drive continuous improvement.
  • Develop and utilise the capability of colleagues to consistently work towards new levels of performance.
  • Empower workers to handle dynamic, unpredictable situations, and make improvements every day.


Day 1 – Kata Coaching & Improvement

4th June 2018, 09:00-17:00

  • Morning

    Overview of Improvement & Coaching Kata

    • Background
    • Group activity

    Introduction to Simulation

    • Collect baseline metrics
    • Identify opportunities for improvement
  • Afternoon

    • Improvement Kata – Four-Step Routine
      • Understanding the direction
      • Introduction to Storyboards
    • Grasp the Current Condition, identifying a Target Condition
    • The PDCA process

Day 2 – Kata Coaching & Improvement

5th June 2018, 09:00-17:00

  • Morning

    • The Coaching Kata
    • Demonstration
      • Attendees practice in conjunction with simulation PDCA cycles
  • Afternoon

    • Deploying Kata in your organisation
      • Review proven approaches
      • Developing second coaches
      • Group activity and sharing
    • Reflections on Day 2

Expert Trainer: DREW LOCHER

Lean Specialist & Kata Instructor Drew first became involved in the development and delivery of innovative Business Improvement programs while working for General Electric in the 1980s. Since 2001, he has been a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) the not-for-profit organization of Jim Womack, the co-author of Lean Thinking.

Drew is currently an instructor in ISD’s Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata course and developer of the new Lean Leadership program at the University of Michigan.

Early Bird Book Offer

Register before 31st March and receive your own free personal copy of “Toyota Kata” by Mike Rother

Venue & Accommodation

Hotel Football,
99 Sir Matt Busby Way,
M16 0SZ

Accommodation: Accommodation is not included in the workshop. Hotel options will be provided.



£ 895

+VAT Per Delegate

  • PAY BEFORE Friday 11th May 2018



£ 1,095

+VAT Per Delegate

  • BOOKED AFTER Friday 11th May 2018


Early Registration Book Offer Register before 31st March 2018 and receive your own free personal copy of ‘Toyota Kata’ by Mike Rother.


Book Online: Click on Book Your Place Now at the top of the page to book tickets using credit and debit cards

Telephone: +44 (0)161 298 5556

Email: Nicola Corocos nicola@truenorthexcellence.com

Download and complete brochure booking form and post to: True North Excellence Ltd, Smithy Cottage, Stowford, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5XP

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: True North Excellence Ltd reserve the right to amend the programme, speakers or venue and alter or cancel the seminar without liability. CANCELLATIONS: Should you be unable to attend, a substitute is always welcome, up to three working days before the event. Refunds will be made up to 30 days before the event in writing, minus a £200 per delegate enrollment fee. Regrettably we do not provide refunds less than 30 days before the seminar.