Summary of Part III

Part III explains Toyota’s improvement kata, the fundamental approach for continuously improving and evolving throughout the organization. The improvement kata cannot be described in a few sentences, but now that it has been explained in Part III, it can be summarized with the simple diagram in Figure P3-3.

The improvement kata operates within an overall sense of long-term direction, which may represent an ideal state that might not ultimately be achievable. It is a direction giver. From day to day, however, the improvement kata often operates within the scope of a nearer and more specific target or need.

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Figure P3-3. The improvement ...

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