1st San Francisco Bay Area Kata Practitioner Day

When:  Aug 29, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM (PT)

AME’s San Francisco Bay Area Consortium is excited to offer the first San Francisco Bay Area Kata Practitioner Day (KPD). This highly interactive learning session is a perfect opportunity for practitioners of every level — from beginner to expert and even those exploring kata for the first time — to share, learn and grow their practice in an informative forum.

Kata is a pattern of problem-solving and coaching practices that supports the development of everyday habits, skill sets, and capabilities in people, aligned with and in support of achieving the long-term objectives of the organization. Mike Rother's 2009 book, "Toyota Kata," highlighted a fundamental pattern of scientific thinking and coaching that enables us to navigate complex change in organizations and communities. At its core, Rother's four-step starter Improvement Kata pattern helps us embrace the reality that today's solutions probably won’t fit tomorrow's problems, and the path to a challenging goal can’t be determined in advance.

During the Kata Practitioner Day we’ll address questions such as:

  • How do we keep improvement going?
  • How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us towards strategic goals?
  • How can we work to solve problems scientifically instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

Share your own experiences with problem-solving thinking and coaching in your organization. Learn by hearing firsthand from companies how they are developing the habit of problem-solving thinking across their organizations through practicing the improvement and coaching kata and by experiencing the Kata in the Classroom exercise. Grow through discussions, reflection, and setting your own next challenge and experiment.

Host company: Genentech

Considered the founder of the industry, Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for more than 40 years. Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. It is among the world's leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline. 

Genentech’s offices are conveniently located near the San Francisco Airport for practitioners outside the Bay Area interested in attending. Parking is available nearby on the Genentech campus. A map will be provided in advance of the Kata Practitioner Day.


Michael Lombard

Michael Lombard is a managing director for the East Bay region of Kaiser Permanente. An experienced health care executive specializing in enterprise transformation, he has performed in challenging senior leadership roles including hospital CEO and national-level operational excellence director. Lombard is passionate about equipping people with the striving skills and mental resiliency needed for our communities to thrive.

Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson is the founder of KBJ Anderson Consulting, a boutique consulting practice focused on helping individuals and organizations gain clarity on their goals, deepen their problem solving and coaching skills, and continuously improve themselves and their organizations. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting change and improvement in organizations across a range of industries, including health care, government, manufacturing, biotech and others. She also holds faculty positions at the Lean Enterprise Institute and Catalysis and is the facilitator for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s San Francisco Bay Area Consortium. In 2015, Anderson moved to Japan with her family for 18 months, where she became good friends with Isao Yoshino. Since then, Yoshino and Anderson have collaborated on several learning events, including leading executive learning trips in Japan. Anderson is an internationally recognized speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology with honors from Stanford University and a Master of Philosophy in public health (MPhil) from the University of Sydney (Australia).


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