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Friday, May 18 • 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Kata in the Classroom

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Mike Rother and Mike Ricard will run a hands-on exercise that introduces the scientific-thinking pattern of the Improvement Kata. After this session, you will be able to run and use the exercise yourself. Scientific thinking is a basis for creativity and successfully pursuing seemingly unattainable goals. The Improvement Kata (IK) is a four-step scientific striving pattern that is practiced in many business organizations. It makes scientific thinking a teachable skill anyone can learn. The Kata in the Classroom exercise (KiC) has participants go through each step of the Improvement Kata pattern in a hands-on activity. Participants work in teams on a number of self-generated iterations to complete a small puzzle. Participants follow the Improvement Kata pattern to (1) face a challenge, (2) measure where they are, (3) establish a next goal and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute rounds. Takeaways: • Deeper understanding of the scientific Improvement Kata pattern, though applying it yourself in a hands-on way. • Ability to run the KiC exercise in your own organization. • The KiC exercise can be shared with regional educators. It is being used in many schools.

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Mike Ricard

ALM Consultant, Quicken Loans
Mike Ricard is an Agile coach with Quicken Loans. He is passionate about continuous improvement and has been studying the Toyota Production System for many years. Before joining Quicken, he worked with global leaders in manufacturing and healthcare, helping drive operational excellence... Read More →
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Mike Rother

Mike Rother is an engineer, a researcher, and teacher who works to develop scientific thinking in individuals, teams, and organizations. He shares his findings widely and is in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.

Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:40pm EDT
Auditorium 2