Where does kata come from and how has it developed? How does it fit with general improvement approaches?
The Improvement kata
In Toyota Kata, Rother outlined a scientific approach to problem solving as a four step model termed the “Improvement Kata.”
The Coaching Kata is a master-apprentice approach to teaching - the coach gives input on what is being practiced, corrects as they practice, and the learner continues to practice with the new input.
Kata and lean thinking
Kata can complement lean thinking and improve its effectiveness