Day 2, 19th of April

We start the day with Mike Rother and Nobel prize winner Carl Wieman, in a conversation on how we can improve learning, using concrete methods based on solid research.

In plenary, we will also learn from Toyota, what they say about Kata today.

And then comes the difficult part—youll have to choose from the mix of 20 breakout sessions with practical examples and speakers from 13 countries.

Plenary sessions

Opening & reflection from yesterday

We start the day by sharing what we learned yesterday.

Professor Carl Wieman: Finding new ways to learn

Recorded interview by Mike Rother—showed for the first time at Katacon Europe 2018

Does science have anything to say about how we learn the scientific way of thinking and learning?

Professor Carl Wieman from Stanford University, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, has directed the Science Education Initiative. The purpose was to approach learning of science as a science, and figuring out what works and why. The programme was implemented across thirteen science departments, using a budget of about $20 Million for a total of seven years.

Mike Rother and Carl Wieman
Mike Rother and Prof. Carl Wieman

Read the inspiring findings of Prof. Wiemans research

Reflection by Mike Rother: What can we as Kata geeks learn from Prof. Wiemans message?

What were the Toyota senseis doing with us?

When a Swedish manufacturer of forklifts was acquired by Toyota, it took ten years of intensive coaching before they even were allowed to change the company name to Toyota. One of the learners on that journey is Martin Mimer, now a senior TPS specialist. He has been coached by four Toyota senseis. What did they do and why?

Martin Mimer and Marlies van der Putten

Taking a fresh perspective: Comparing Kata with a professional sports coach

Kata is being practised in many areas already. Marlies van der Putten, today a Kata coach, used to be a professional softball player, competing in the Olympic Games. She will help us to see what we do from a different perspective.

Break, Networking & Refreshments

Breakout sessions ‘A’

Choose one out of five

A1+B1. Train how to lead the Kata puzzle

Double-session, 10:55-12:00.

Pia Anhede, Revere, Sweden

Pia Anhede
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A2. Developing your own Kata culture

Gerd Aulinger,, Germany

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A3. Scaling Kata across all layers and 100 Agile teams in a 700 people IT-organization

Flemming Krath, CIO Capital Market & Finance at Bankdata, Denmark
Jesper Boeg, consultant, Denmark

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A4. Kata from the top—changing leadership behaviour

Ran Levi, General Manager at MKS Instruments, Israel

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A5. Is it SAFe to use Kata in an agile organisation?

Joakim Karlsson, Senior Manager at Jeppesen Sweden (Boeing)a Boeing company

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Breakout sessions ‘B’

Choose one out of five

A1+B1. Train how to lead the Kata puzzle

Double-session, 10:55-12:00.

Pia Anhede
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B2. Kata at Toyota? Challenge Zero Defects

Martin Mimer, Senior TPS Specialist at Toyota Material Handling, Sweden

Martin Mimer
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B3. The benefits of ‘Why’ before you set the vision

Marlies van der Putten, Quality Contact, The Netherlands

Marlies van der Putten
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B4. Maturing into skills development—the purpose of the Kata journey

Ran Levi, General Manager at MKS Instruments, Israel

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B5. Kata at the John Lewis Partnership, UK’s leading omni-channel retailer

Mark Zirbser and Lisa Bevan, United Kingdom

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Breakout sessions ‘C’

Choose one out of five

C1. Kata at Shell—develop an entrepreneurial delivery culture

David Binnerts, Shell

David Binnerts
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C2. Agile transformations with the Kata pattern

Teemu Toivonen, consultant, Finland

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C3. How Kata and TWI raised engagement and doubled productivity

Tomáš Otradovský, Plant manager, Hartmann-Rico, Czech Republic

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C4. Leading leaders from ‘Practice Coaching Kata’ to ‘Being the Coach’

David Bogaerts and Emiel van Est, The Netherlands

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C5. Kata in a global environment

More to come

Breakout sessions ‘D’

Choose one out of five

The Deep dive sessions are facilitated discussions around the most commonly asked questions. In these forums we can all ask questions, discuss and explore a topic in more depth.

D1. Train how to lead the Kata puzzle

One more chance to learn the Kata puzzle, an exercise you can use immediately.

D2. Deep dive:

The role of challenge

The first step of the Improvement Kata, “Understand the Direction or Challenge”, is often overlooked, yet it is the important context for the three steps that follow. Explore this topic in depth with facilitation.

D3. Deep dive:

Grasping the current condition

Grasping the initial current condition is a step toward establishing a first target condition. Share with others how this is done and what pitfalls to look out for.

D4. Deep dive:

Establish a target condition

Establishing the target condition ensures that there is a direction for improvements. Learn with a panel of experienced facilitators which key parameters to think of when working with the target condition.

D5. Deep dive:


This is were it all comes together—coaching, developing skills and improvements. A panel of experts will share their knowledge and you will also have the chance to get answers to your key questions on experimenting.

Break, networking & Refreshments

Plenary sessions

Kata updates from around the world

Get inspired by hearing whats going on in schools, with Kata in the Classroom, experiences from Kata Practitioner days, new books, and reflections from some of the breakout sessions.

We intentionally keep this space open, to be able to adjust and bring exciting topics. We will publish more details as we approach April.