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Lessons Learned from Applying Toyota Kata to Lean Transformations

The true power of Toyota Kata lies in its ability to turn principles into action. To wrap up his presentation, Jeffrey Liker discusses the profound impact Toyota Kata can have on an organization.

  • 1:39 - A story about a Japanese sensei
  • 2:28 - What Toyota Kata did for Jeffrey
  • 3:46 - Why his students struggled with Toyota Kata
  • 4:55 - Jeffrey’s conclusion
  • 6:43 - The real challenge
  • 8:44 - How lean multiplies


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