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Improvement kata/coaching kata experiential

Learn how enhanced scientific thinking can drive superior results, innovation and adaptiveness
Monday, Oct. 17 Location Code
1:00pm-5:00pm Sheraton Dallas Hotel MW/16


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Learn how to experiment to overcome obstacles to achieving results and become better problem solvers along the way.


A fun, but intense, hands-on experience in routines designed to develop skills in scientific thinking, a foundation of lean management. With deliberate practice, individuals and organizations become capable of and willing to “take on” tough challenges well beyond the organization’s current threshold of knowledge. The routines drive and deliver superior results, innovation, and adaptiveness through the kata improvement learning process. The experiential process is a simple one, involving a deck of playing cards, but with a tough challenge to achieve. Teams of 4 or 5 will learn how a “natural process owner” works with their team through true experimentation.

Participants will practice the teaching routines, coaching kata, learning how a people leader teaches and reinforces scientific thinking. Along the way, we dip into a bit of neuroscience to explore the power of deliberate practice in the development of a new default mode, which is grounded in scientific thinking.


Carrington Consulting Inc. was established in 1999 as a Lean Transformation Consulting Firm transitioning away from a focus on the “Tools of Lean” model in 2009, with the publication of "Toyota Kata" by Mike Rother. Toyota kata introduced us to the improvement kata and coaching kata routines which, through practice, can enhance the skill of scientific thinking and the ability to coach and teach that skill to others. Scientific thinking is recognized as a foundation of Lean Management in the 21st Century


Beth Carrington, president and master coach, Carrington Consulting, is an improvement kata/coaching kata master coach, working with organizations to build Improvement kata and coaching kata capability and capacity since 2008. Beth has effectively coached organizations in a wide range of fields; Pharmaceutical, educational, personal care, healthcare, manufacturing, services and charitable work. Beth has also worked with many of these organizations in the application of Hoshin Kanri/policy deployment, value stream mapping and daily management. Beth is the improvement kata/coaching kata instructor and program developer at Lean Enterprise Institute and has taught for other global organizations such as the University of Michigan.

Since 1999, she has led organizations in lean transformations, helping a wide range of clients, including small and large, repetitive, and custom processors in the manufacturing, healthcare, service, and government sectors.

Before becoming a consultant, Beth accumulated over 20 years of experience in leadership within the automotive, personal care and furniture industries.

Here’s a link to a video of Beth, from LEI, summarizing the Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata routines: