Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $249
Location: Penn State DuBois
1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801

Lunch provided

What is Kata?

Kata, commonly known in martial arts, is practicing a pattern of thinking and behaving until executed without hesitation. Think about the practice involved in learning an instrument or playing a sport. Toyota Kata is a structured way for managers and employees to achieve continuous improvement goals with a clear path to get there. According to Mike Rother, Researcher and Author of Toyota Kata, it’s teaching methods rather than solutions, a key component to Toyota’s efficiency.

Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata

Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata training enables participants to develop skills for doing and teaching a scientific routine of thinking (kata) in your daily work and to reach a level of performance not previously achieved.


Hands-on exercises and simulation with NWIRC’s Tom Weible, a TWI Institute Certified Kata Trainer. Tom will illustrate how Kata is used in teams, organizations, and your everyday life. You’ll walk away understanding how Kata can help your company develop and sustain a culture of continuous improvement and participate in a simulation for practice and to learn how to teach scientific thinking to others.


About the Presenter:

Tom Weible, a Navy veteran, came to NWIRC with 22 years of customer service and operations management experience. He is part of NWIRC’s team of business advisors serving manufacturers in northwestern PA. In his role, he assists companies supporting their needs to become more competitive through continuous improvement, technology advancement, and workforce development initiatives.

Tom earned his BS in Business Administration from Clarion University before serving with the United States Navy in the Submarine Force. In 2006, he earned his Master’s in Business and Workforce Development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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Attendee Information

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