This video illustrates how an overarching Challenge at the company, site or value stream level can serve to connect individual improvement activities and make teams feel like they are a part of achieving something bigger… together. Note the degree of alignment — the same clear challenge — and the step-by-step scientific process used throughout the organization.
Practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in this way helps create situations where great things occur; where brilliant results (large and small) are achieved with positive creative energy.
The Five-Question Card and PDCA Cycles Record shown in the video can be downloaded at: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mrother/KATA_Files/5Q_Card.pdf
There is a related SlideShare at: http://www.slideshare.net/mike734/value-stream-mapping-the-improvement-kata
Thank you to the team at Merck for sharing their improvement practices and stories in this video!