Are you looking back on the last 6 months thinking – “hmmm, what did we really improve”? Are your strategic, companywide, improvement initiatives drowning in everyday work? Are your retrospectives becoming less and less effective? Are you improving here and there but lacking a direction? Do you have a hard time aligning local initiatives with the overall strategy? Are you lacking motivation because the result of your improvement efforts is not evident? Are you becoming less and less ambitious and process improvement seems to have plateaued? Have you started skipping retrospectives because they feel like a waste of time?
If the answer is “yes” to one or more of the questions above, then Toyota Kata might be the next step for you and your company. During the past 3 years, I have had the chance to implement Toyota Kata in variety of contexts and find out what is needed to make it a success in a development context.
Toyota Kata represents a very different approach to process improvement, both in terms of setting goals and iteratively delivering measurable results. In this presentation, I will introduce Toyota Kata – the Theory behind and the failures and successes I have had turning theory into practice. I will cover how Toyota Kata changes the culture of teams and managers in an organization and what you need to do to make it a success.
Abstract principles are easy however; practice is much more difficult – so naturally I will include several cases and examples to demonstrate how Toyota Kata works and how it differs from more traditional improvement methods.
Come along and be inspired and maybe even a bit provoked – chances are you will never look at improvement the same way again 🙂
Helping Bankdata apply Toyota Kata at scale:
After a successful pilot, I am now helping Bankdata implement Toyota Kata across all layers in the 700 people organization. This has provided great insights into both rollout strategy and using the principles and practices at scale.
Implementing Agile and Lean principles in the context of innovation and IT has been Jesper’s work and passion for more than a decade. He has great passion for continuous improvement and is constantly trying out new principles, tools and practices to find better ways of delivering great solutions and make work easier and more enjoyable for everybody.
Jesper works with the entire value stream from C-level to individual team members and is equally at home mentoring the CEO and coaching the delivery team. Jesper runs his own companyhttp://www.agileupgrade.com and regularly speaks at local meetups and Agile and Lean conferences. He is a Kanban Coaching Professional, Kanban Management Professional and Accredited Kanban Trainer from LKU and has served as trackhost on numerous GOTO and QCon conferences. Jesper is the author of the two popular minibooks “Real Life Scrum” and “Priming Kanban”, which can both be downloaded for free at InfoQ.com.
Presently Jesper is enjoying work at Bankdata, with responsibility for developing scalable strategies, tactics and concepts for applying the Toyota Kata improvement method in an IT-development context as well as deploying the initiative across all teams and management layers in the organization.