Kata School Cascadia

If you are looking for a community to learn and practice the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata to achieve great things, welcome home!

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Learn

We are a group of kata coaches and learners, and we are here to share. 

If you want to learn, attend a Toyota Kata introduction or find ways to practice, we can help.

Visit our learning resource Mural here

Love the I Don't Know Yeti? See below! 

Got your own I Don't Know Yeti and need buttons? Email info@kata-school-cascadia.org for buttons.


We have a store for KSC logo merchandise at cost in Canadian dollars. 

Looking for our Kata School Cascadia earring collection.  Find them here. 

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Join our Kata Community

Our Kata School is founded by coaches with many years experience.

Since the Kata Coaches Dojo World Tour in 2019,  we have met Friday lunchtimes on Zoom to talk about all things Coaching Kata.

In 2021 we added a group for Starter Kata learners.  Want to join the conversaton?  Contact us. 

Kata Together 2024!  Our Summer Kata Together week at Kass Tailored in Mukilteo WA USA  is July 15-19 2024!
Save-me-a-spot no obligation pre-registration is live on EVENTBRITE. 

Pre-register to be first to have a chance to register, and to have a voice in the planning. Let's make it the best ever!

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Scientific Thinking

The Coaching Kata and Improvement Kata are patterns of action and thought that build a metaskill habit of scientific thinking.


The benefits?  You, your team, family, orgainzation, or region will develop and mobilize creative capabilities, confidence and the ability to handle tough challenges. 

Our Videos

Mark Rosenthal's What is Kata? presentation was recorded for you. Watch it and send in comments. 

We have a Youtube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/@KataSchoolCascadia

Follow us for recorded sessions and more. 
For example, our "4 years of Friday zooms" celebration with Tracy Defoe, Mark Rosenthal, Altung Bingin Altintas, Gemma Jones and William Harvey.  Watch it here. 

I Don't Know Yeti is our Kata School Cascadia mascot!  

 

More about Kata Schools


Learn more about Kata School world wide and see the map at kata-school.org

We are about sharing and learning together. Read the Kata School Manifesto to understand what Kata Schools are all about. 

 

Learning and Sharing Together


Connect with our Kata Community

Whether you are learning with an organization or getting started on your own, being part of a community is great!  Being part of a generous community of people at all levels of experience in skill means you will have a peer group, and mentor to help you in your learning.  

We aim to be a go-to place for resources, advice and training. We match coaches with learners, and the curious with information and stories.

Many of our coaches including Tracy Defoe, Maria Gzanka, Gemma Jones, Jennifer Ayers are active coaches in Kata Girl Geeks. The KGG is an online community where women support women in learning the Starter Kata. 
Email Gemma@katagirlgeeks.com for more info on this growing community.

 

Come learn with us! 

Drop in zoom community calls for Starter Kata and for experienced coaches are 30 minutes each, every Friday over the noon hour,  Pacific time. Get in touch for the registration links to our free Kata School Cascadia community zooms. 

Email info@kata-school-cascadia.org

 

Upcoming Training and Events

 

February 2024

FULL: Deep Dive into Process Analysis BETA Group
Six Wednesdays, February 14- March 20 with Mark Rosenthal and Tracy Defoe.

This workshop series is a reimagined 2024 version of Mark's classic Deep Dive adapted for online delivery. Over six weeks at Wednesday zoom sessions together, we will explore:

  1. Extracting performance metrics from a challenge
  2. Determining the required operating cadence
  3. Capturing a process in a block diagram
  4. Timing exit cycles and documenting variation - run charts and load charts
  5. Determining machine constraints and calculating people required
  6. What does this mean? Interpreting your current condition to set a next target condition.

Each week participants have assignments to practice and apply what we are learning with your processes or ones you can observe.

It's full!  If you missed out, keep an eye out for next time or email info@kata-school-cascadia.org to get on the waitlist. 

 

Infusing Change and Toyota Kata in the Organization with Mark Rosenthal 

So many people ask about ways to introduce and spread change - or kata. This free live event was recorded!  Check back for news that the recording is available. 

 

What is Kata? with Gemma Jones

 Wednesday 28th February at 11am PST, 1pm Central, 7pm GMT, 8pm CEST

Get tickets here by donation

This presentation is about:

  • Why Scientific Thinking is important
  • Why practice routines are useful
  • Where the concept of Toyota Kata came from
  • The steps of the Improvement Kata
  • The Coaching Kata

 

March 2024

The Improvement Kata Experience with Gemma Jones

Tuesday, March 59:00am – 12:00pm   

Get your tickets HERE! 

This is an introduction to the practice of the Improvement Kata - a routine which helps us learn to think and behave in a more effective way, allowing us to make sustainable improvement.

This immersive and fun workshop, where teams work together to build a virtual puzzle, allows attendees to experience the Improvement Kata and practice using an Experimenting Record. Teams learn to identify obstacles and practice running experiments to overcome them.

This session is a 3 hour virtual workshop on Zoom using Mural (a digital whiteboard) including time for discussion and the opportunity for questions.

 

 Kata School Cascadia's Kata Coaching Dojo with Tracy Defoe

 

Start date and sign up to be determined but if you KNOW you want to meet weekly and practice coaching micro-skills dojo-style, email info@kata-school-cascadia and we will start to pull our group together and find a time to practice.

 

April 2024 

Lean Frontier's KataCon10 is April 8-10 in Indianapolis Indiana. Several KSC folks will be there!  USA.  https://leanfrontiers.com/katacon10/agenda/

 

May 2024

Improvement Kata Boot Camp with Gemma Jones

Improvement Kata BOOT CAMP: Registration info and tickets here! 

Friday May 3- Friday May 17th

This is an intense workshop, held on Zoom and spread across 11 consecutive working days. Participants dive deep and practice each of the steps of the Improvement Kata, working towards a personal challenge.

Whether you are a new learner looking for a great intro to kata practice, or a coach looking for a reset on the Improvement Kata, IKBC is for you.  

 

July 2024

Kata Together 2024: Kata School Cascadia's Summer Camp is July 15-19th. 

This in-person live week of learning is unlike any other kata community gathering. We emphasize practicing together and trying out new ideas and variations.  This is the only kata event this year where Mark Rosenthal, Gemma Jones, Tilo Schwarz and Tracy Defoe will learn with you, hosted by Kaas Tailored in Mukilteo WA USA.   Save-Me-A-Spot registration is live. Program to be announced. 

Our Kata Together summer learning event isn't free, but it is the best value for dollar of any kata learning around!  If you have financial barriers to attending, please reach out.  We aim to be inclusive. We have promo codes for those paying their own way, for those with financial hardship and for our volunteers. 

 

October 19 2024

Save-The-Date!  Friday October 19th is our 5th anniversary and we will do something special to mark our birthday.

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