How Toyota Kata Helped a Food Bank Double Food Processing with Half the Staff and Space

Hugh Alley is an experienced lean practitioner and industrial engineer, who has experience with the Toyota Kata method of improvement. He has recently applied this approach to a nonprofit food bank in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, based on the KataLab approach developed in Montreal by Jean-Marc Legentil, Marc-Olivier Legentil and Sylvain Landry.

He explains the four steps of the Toyota Kata approach, the format for a 2-day KataLab implementation at a food bank, how they were able to double the output of food produced at the food bank with half the people and half the space, and how they were able to use KataLab to reduce lab waiting time by 50% without spending money.

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