The Toyota Kata Practice Guide is my new "go to" reference on Toyota Kata. I have my original 2009 copy of Toyota Kata alongside the Practice Guide, and comparing the two, I find the Practice Guide much more straightforward, practical, and easier to assimilate for those applying the Toyota Kata (TK) method. 2009's Toyota Kata was a necessary and important book for introducing TK, the supporting research, and the connection to culture, habit, neuroscience, and learning. For those who want to understand these linkages, Toyota Kata is there. For others needing to bypass background and "jump right in", The Toyota Kata Practice Guide is the place to start.
There have been many discoveries by hundreds of practitioners that have built on Rother's original research since the publication of Toyota Kata. They have shared their work through dozens of iterations of online practice guides, videos and other materials. About 150 people are listed in this book's acknowledgements. The reader benefits from a true collaborative effort distilling the collective learnings of many experienced Toyota Kata veterans.
The Toyota Kata Practice Guide is well designed for the full range of users. Newbies, experienced learners, coaches, and senior leaders can refer to appropriate practice sections. The book reinforces and reiterates common threads effectively: You can read cover-to-cover or selectively use a section - the book works either way.
Sad fact: Books are published in batches. Want to add to your published book? New info must wait for a new edition. For a decade, new discoveries and useful re-presentations of TK have piled up. The author wisely did not try to package new content into the same wrapper. The Toyota Kata Practice Guide is tuned to the practitioner. From a usability standpoint, it is excellent!
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (12 December 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781259861024
- ISBN-13: 978-1259861024
- ASIN: 1259861023
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 658 g
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