Hoshin Kanri practices and history with Isao Yoshino

April 25, 2019 | 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium member company employee: $145
Non-Member Fee: $295
Member Fee: $245


University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
513 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, California

Join Toyota leader Isao Yoshino and AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium facilitator Katie Anderson for a workshop focused on hoshin kanri (strategy deployment) and critical leadership skills related to strategy deployment and A3 thinking.

During this interactive workshop, you will learn more detailed history and practices of hoshin kanri at Toyota, including Toyota’s 2-year “Kan-Pro” leadership program designed to teach 1000 Toyota managers how to use A3 for hoshin (strategy) development and to improve their management capabilities. Yoshino will share details about the design and implementation of Kan-Pro, what he learned about how to teach leaders the practices of hoshin kanri and A3 thinking, and some examples of hoshin A3s from Toyota.

You will also start to develop your own hoshin A3, and learn and practice the art of “catchball” – the asking and receiving of coaching questions. Following the workshop, there will be time for discussion and reflection.

Please note: To be eligible to attend this workshop, you must also attend the morning seminar, "Isao Yoshino seminar on lean leadership and the Toyota Way" or have attended the seminar in July 2018. You can register separately for the morning seminar here


Isao Yoshino

Isao Yoshino is a 40-year Toyota leader (14 years of which was in the U.S.) and a former NUMMI training manager based at Toyota HQ in Japan. In 1979 and 1980, he oversaw the Manager Development Program (“Kan-Pro” in Japanese) for all the managers at Toyota headquarters. In 1983, he was assigned to the manager of a newly established training section for NUMMI’s shop floor leaders. During this time, he hired John Shook and other staff members from within Japan to develop a hands-on training program for American shop floor group & team leaders who travelled from Fremont, California to Toyota City to learn the Toyota Production System. In June 1984, Yoshino and his team started training American shop floor leaders for three weeks at Toyota’s plant. Yoshino has held management roles at Toyota in research, human resources, corporate planning and production control, and manufacturing. He retired from Toyota in 2006. Yoshino is currently a lecturer at the Nagoya Gakuin University and travels internationally to teach and speak about Toyota leadership, hoshin kanri and coaching.

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 healthcare, 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 Masters of Philosophy in public health (MPhil) from the University of Sydney (Australia).


Workshop - lunch will be included for workshop participants

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (if attending the morning seminar, you will be escorted to the new room for the workshop)
1:00 p.m.   - 5:00 p.m.   Workshop (with afternoon break)


University of California San Francisco (UCSF) 

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the top universities in the nation for health sciences research and higher education, and is internationally renowned for providing highly specialized and innovative care. By bringing together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health, UCSF Health drives advancements in treatment and technology that benefit patients everywhere.The UCSF family of care includes UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion and UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay; UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco; Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics; UCSF Benioff Children's Physicians; and the UCSF Faculty Practice. Learn more at www.ucsf.edu.


Share, learn and grow in your local lean learning network.

The AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium is a network of local companies committed to operational excellence and collaborative learning. If you would like to learn more about joining the SFBA Consortium contact consortium facilitator Katie Anderson at katie@kbjanderson.com and visit the AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium website to learn more.


Participants will learn:

  • Hoshin kanri and A3 thinking practices and skills
  • Lean leadership and coaching principles essential to hoshin kanri and A3 thinking
  • CEOs, operations managers and other leaders practicing lean thinking in their organizations
  • Lean/continuous Improvement leaders

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award winning Target magazine and much more. 

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry. 

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop. 

Notes: This event may be canceled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.