The Improvement KATA is a 4-step pattern of establishing target conditions and then working iteratively (scientifically) through obstacles, by learning from them and adapting based on what is being learned.


It is a routine for moving from the current situation to a new situation in a creative, directed, meaningful way.

It is based on a four-part model:

1. In consideration of a vision or direction;

2. Grasp the current condition;

3. Define the next target condition;

4. Move toward that target condition iteratively, which uncovers obstacles that need to be
worked on.


In this management approach a primary job of leaders and managers is to develop people so that desired results can be achieved. They do this by having the organization members (leaders and managers included) deliberately practice a routine, or kata, that develops and channels their creative abilities.

Concepts don’t change how we act and think.
Change means deliberately practicing some new behavior patterns, especially at the beginning.
Practicing the Improvement Kata’s routines develops and mobilizes your creative capabilities and makes you better
at achieving goals.
The Improvement Kata practice routines teach a scientific ‘meta-skill’ that changes our habits
of mind so our brain’s capabilities 
can come to greater fruition.


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