- Describes the roles of teaching, coaching, and training for Lean
- Contextualizes Lean concepts like gemba walks, genchi gembutsu, and PDCA
- Explains the value stream analysis relationship to the kata and the kata’srelationship to TWI job instruction
- Demonstrates how the kata solves problems identified in value stream analysis while simultaneously conditioning the employee’s adaptive thinking patterns
- Provides guidelines for coaching the kata and for training job instruction
- 2013 Shingo Prize Winner
The biggest competitive advantage an organization can achieve comes from the synergies created by employees skilled in enhancing organizational dynamics. The Seven Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI, and Lean Training supplies time-tested tools and advice to help readers adapt to changing conditions and outcompete their rivals. It explains why a mix of the skill sets that Training Within Industry (TWI) and the ToyotaKata (behavior patterns) teach is the ideal recipe to boost organizational synergies and enhance any Lean transformation.
Winner of a 2013 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence!
Bridging the kata/TWI nexus, the book lays out a road map for Lean success. It devotes a chapter to each of the Seven Kata and suggests possible courses of action dependent on your organization’s strengths and constraints. Bringing together valuable information on many of the disjointed Lean practices, it explains key Lean concepts, including gemba walks, genchi gembutsu, and PDCA.
After introducing kata, it reveals the different kata inherent in the three major TWI courses and the TWI Job Safety course. It illustrates the value stream analysis relationship to the kata and the kata relationship to TWI. It also demonstrates how to use kata to solve the problems identified in your value stream analysis while simultaneously conditioning your employees’ adaptive thinking patterns.
Supplying a clear understanding of exactly where the seven kata apply in your Lean journey, the authors include helpful guidelines for coaching a kata. They also highlight mistakes they have experienced or witnessed so you can avoid the same pitfalls. As globalism continues to make management’s organizational skills a competitive differentiator, this book provides you with the tools to use the sevenkata to place your organization on a discernible path towards operational excellence.
Listen to what Pat Boutier has to say about The Seven Kata.
About the Author:
Conrad Soltero and Patrice Boutier are with the TMAC in El Paso, Texas. Pat Boutier has more than 30 years of technical and business experience and assists companies to experiment and manage the implementation of radio frequency Indentification( RIFD) solutions. He also works with companies in implementing, experimening, and increasing their knowledge of lean techniques, working with a processes that cover a wide variety of equipment and services. He is a Shingo prize examiner, a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and is certified as a Training Within Industry ( TWI) trainer in Job solutions, Job Methods, Job Instructions, Job Safety ,and Problem Solving. His professional background includes gaining a wide range of expertise from engineering, production,purchasing,accounting,finance,mentoring, business tactics, and negotiations, allowing him to assist companies in holistic approaches to increasing their competitiveness.
He Started his career working as an intern with the Chicago Transist Authority designing rail cars and then as a microwave design engineer at Motorola for more than 16 years, working in various engineering and manufacturing positions as engineer manager and production manager. As a vice president of operations for a contract manufacturing company, he turned a aged multiple plants at Tandy Electronics, directing their purchase and own company,designing and manufacturing vision systems for handicapped Center( TMAC), he has assisted companies in coal mines, coal-fired and nuclear reactor power generation,liquid process, metal processing, food, chemical,cosmetic, furniture,sewing, electronic,defense, office and hospital processes.
He has a BSEE in microwave quantum effects and feedback control from Marquette University and an MBA with Marketing option from Loyala University. Along with being CompTIA RFID + certified, he has also received his Bronze Certificate in Lean. He continues to expand his knowledge and involvement with many other certifications including ISO lead auditing and Toyota Kata.
His Personal hobbies include league of soccer,scuba,diving,skiing, and reading. He is the proud father of daughter Danielle, who lives in Calfornia. He lives in Grapevine, Texas, and is blessed with a wonderful wife, Bernadette and two younger children, Rachel and Andrew.
Conrad Soltero works at the University of Texas at El Paso for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, a National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership(NIST MEP) affliate. For the last 16 years, he has provided industry with a wide array of management and workforce development services. Areas of professional interest include systems engineering economics,innovation, and policy analysis.
During his tenure in industrial extension, Conrad has provided technology transfer services for industries as diverse as automative ,electronics,plastics,primary metals,metal stamping, consumer products,printing,signage, packaging, apparel,food processing,catridge remanufacture, medical garment convertor,medical device testing laboratory, employee leasing,executive search,manufacturing representation, document imaging,security equiptment manufacture,government contracting,aerospace,financial services, software development, level one trauma center, and a publicly funded hospital.
Conrad is certified through the TWI Institute as a trainer in Job Instruction, Job relations, Job Methods,problem Solving, and Job safety. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Shingo research prize examiner. He has been published in various trade, environmental and industrial engineering journals.
Conrad has completed BS and MS degrees in Metallurgical and materials engineering. Aside from the vast array of industry sectors that he has worked with through industrial extension, his work background includes food service, automative, and consumer products.
Conrad aspires to write a syndicated column on the politics of science and technology and maintains interests in travel, camping ,jogging, hiking, cuisine, geography, and current events. He resides in El Paso, Texas, with his sweet heart of 30 years, Ms Dana Gray, and their cat, Stalker.