KiC 1+2 Experiential

Summary and Objectives

The KiC-1 exercise brings the Improvement Kata alive through a 50-minute hands-on activity that involves teams working on a number of self-generated iterations to complete a small puzzle.

Students follow the steps of the Improvement Kata to (1) face a challenge, (2) see where they are now, (3) establish their next interim goal, and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute rounds.

​KiC-1 illustrates the four-step Improvement Kata pattern and helps students recognize that any idea we have needs to be tested – no matter how sure we feel. You can build on these scientific-thinking fundamentals.

Once you have participated in the KiC-1 exercise to introduce the scientific, 4-step Improvement Kata pattern, let’s apply that pattern to a variety of content and activity. That’s good practice!

The KiC-2 exercise addresses 2 specific portions of the KiC-1 and prepares students to apply the Improvement Kata pattern in projects and activities that involve data. Emphasis is placed on practice using a run chart to collect, depict and interpret data.

Michael Lombard, MBA is a seasoned leader in healthcare performance improvement. His mission is to help healthcare systems deliver ever-increasing value to patients and the community by improving quality and reducing cost. His approach is to get results by facilitating process improvement while increasing the improvement capabilities of the people in our organizations, in an effort to build cultures of continuous improvement.

Mike Rother, is co-author of two groundbreaking LEI workbooks, Learning to See: value-stream mapping to add value and eliminate muda, which received a Shingo Research Award in 1999 and Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates, which received a Shingo Award in 2003 and 2011. He co-developed the accompanying Training to See kit that teaches facilitators how to run value-stream mapping workshops. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill). Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher, consultant, and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike began his career in the manufacturing division of Thyssen AG in Germany. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and Cologne, Germany.