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Retrospective on Steroids with Toyota Kata

Retrospective on Steroids with Toyota Kata

You have been doing Agile for a few years now. With a regular cadence you have retrospectives and a lot of problems and great improvement opportunities are raised but you don’t seem to really improve. Let us put your retrospectives on steroids with the Toyota Kata.

Building on the power of habits, Toyota Kata will help you build a daily continuous learning and improvement culture, a kaizen culture. In this session, you will be introduced to the two main Kata of the Toyota Kata, the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. You will learn how the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata can become your “muscle memory” for continuous learning and improvements in your organization. These daily habits or routines will help you to strive towards your state of awesomeness in small experiments focused on learning. The Improvement Kata will form the habits of doing small daily experiments focused on learning and improving. The Coaching Kata will form the habits of the agile leaders for creating a culture of continuous improvement, adaption, and innovation. In this session, Toyota Kata will be taken out of the manufacturing context and put it into the knowledge work context. You will learn how you can start applying the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in a software development context as a compliment or a replacement of the agile retrospective.

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Further reading: Toyota Kata – Habits for Continuous Improvements