Volume 1 / Issue 3 / April 25, 2016
Sigma Point Technologies Team Rocks KATACON2 Twice
What is the missing link in sustaining a Lean culture?
Sigma Point on stage at KATACon 2 in Hollywood Florida, February 2016.
Left to right, Stéphane Dubreuil,
Dan Bergeron, Mike Rother.
Dan Bergeron, President and CEO of Sigma Point Technologies of Cornwall Ontario calls Toyota KATA “the missing link in sustaining a Lean CI culture.” Sigma Point provides end-to-end assembly services for highly complex electronic products for a range of markets including computer, telecommunications, medical, defense, industrial, alternative energy and transportation. Founded in 1999, the company has 300 employees, runs 5 production lines 24 hours a day. Before they ever heard of Toyota KATA, Sigma Point was World Class Lean Six Sigma.
Bergeron and his VP of Operations Stéphane Dubreuil, connected the dots for many at the conference when they presented how Toyota KATA’s Improvement KATA (IK) and the Coaching KATA (CK) supported and structured the strategic deployment of activities at all levels of their company. They described their ah-ha moment and showed how four teams in their company now conduct seven levels of experiments at the same time, aligned with their roles in the company to “dream big, learn fast, and execute faster.”
Four Teams / Seven Experiments framed with IK and CK
Experiment 1: 5-10 years (Vision)
Experiment 2: 3-5 years
Experiment 3: 1-3 years
Experiment 4: First year initiatives / Future state VS map
Experiment 5: 6 months KATA Challenge
Experiment 6: 6 weeks KATA Target Condition
Experiment 7: Every day KATA Daily Practice
Dubreuil made the point that practicing IK and CK, they got better at creating strategies and focussing exactly on changes toward those strategies at all levels. They spoke of the need to support and deploy what they termed Six Critical Elements. These are:
1. Gemba Management Structure
2. Standard Work
3. Visual Management
4. Jidoka Concept
6. CI Autonomy
No surprise, they audit and measure the deployment of these Critical Elements in work cells and value streams. They track the experiments of the Seven Teams. A Policy Deployment Action Plan tracks gaps and obstacles. They have the data and the focus to make the improvements to attain their expansion dreams.
Live Coaching Session at a real KATA Board
It is hard to imagine what happens at a Learner’s KATA Board if you haven’t seen it. Sigma Point team members shared a real Coaching KATA session live on stage at the conference. Costantino
• Check out SigmaPoint Technologies
• You can also view their coaching presentation at the KATA summit with Mike Rother they presented at KATACon2.
• “The improvement KATA in 10 Minutes”, by Bill Costantino
• Read and discuss Toyota KATA by Mike Rother.
The first three parts are one of the best overviews of Lean's evolution.
ATJ’s thanks goes to Tracy Defoe who was on hand for this article.