Toyota Kata for Innovation
Toyota / Lean people always start with the question: What problem are you trying to solve?
Is this not the question that most innovators should start with?
Given the Toyota-influenced origins of Lean Startup, given the drive toward more systematic approaches to innovation with various canvases and Design Thinking, how might we apply the Toyota Kata approach to both structure innovation as well as teach how to coach innovators?
I’ll use recent innovation experiences as examples of how this might work.