Graphic excerpt from Toyota Kata by          Mike Rother

A kata is a pattern you practice to learn a skill and mindset. Through practice, the pattern of a kata becomes second nature. Mike Rother, author of Toyota Kata, visited our region last December to present Improvement Kata to manufacturers and Kata in the Classroom (KiC) to educators- both involved teaching a pattern of scientific thinking as a life skill for problem solving and achieving difficult goals. Many participated in these programs- teachers took the exercise back to their classrooms and some of the manufacturers started introducing within their companies.

In an effort to keep the ball rolling, an Improvement Kata workshop is hitting the road over the next several months. The goal is to introduce many more manufacturers and educators to using Improvement Kata within their team, organization, or classroom. The Introduction to Improvement Kata Workshop is scheduled in several locations, including Erie, Warren, Hermitage, Oil City, Bradford, and Clarion. The 2-hour workshop includes a 50-minute simulation exercise and facilitators (depending on location) include: Lisa Pustelak and Tom Weible. Lisa is an Employee Development Specialist and recently attended the national Kata Summit. Tom Weible is a NWIRC Strategic Business advisor and certified in Improvement and Coaching Kata by TWI Institute. The complete schedule and details can be found at

Lisa Pustelak, facilitator for Improvement Kata
Tom Weible, facilitator for Improvement Kata