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Kata Consulting LLC is working to improve the operational effectiveness in construction & design for the built environment using lean and continuous improvement thinking.   


We are a consulting firm, contractor, or fractional worker. . .  bottom line, we are an extension of your team without the full-time, long-term commitment.   We have a team of individuals who are proficient at organizing changes needed to improve.

Getting started on a change initiative or maintaining momentum can be difficult and draining.  We provide that catalyst, extra energy, unbiased perspective, and accountability that your team needs to meet your business goals.

Specializing in:

  • Failure Demand

  • Collaborative Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Operational Process Improvements 

  • Visual Work Systems

  • Lean Thinking & Culture Development

Services Include:

  • Individual Coaching:

    • Management Coaching for Operational Effectiveness

    • Ghost Coaching (optional) - confidential augmentation for you or your team leads (behind the scenes)

  • Team Coaching:

    • Targeted Improvement Initiatives - Workflow Velocity Acceleration

    • Collaborative Work Solutions - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving​

    • Visual Work Systems - Kanban Method (and other methods)

  • Executive Team Coaching:

    • Operational Effectiveness

    • Assessment of Current State

    • Developing Future Vision

    • Mapping Pathways towards the Vision

    • Executive Workshops

  • Training & Facilitating:

    • Operational Improvement Topics (choose from standard offerings or custom designed for your needs)

Kata Consulting is an Approved Instructor for. . . 

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Terri Erickson SE

Managing Principal

Terri Erickson is a licensed structural engineer with over 24 years of solid experience in the design and construction industry. 


She has been implementing Lean Methodologies for over 8 years, with an analytical eye for eliminating waste, leveling flow, and maximizing value. 

Terri spent four years working for a global manufacturing company traveling the world and developing a unique perspective on continuous improvement and operations management.


She is passionate about driving value and increasing profits through continuous improvement, process efficiency, visual management, and maximizing team potential and happiness.


Managing Principal

Lean Leader

Minnesota & Upper Midwest

Terri Erickson

  • PE (MN) – Licensed Professional Engineer (Minnesota Board of Engineering)

  • SE – Licensed Structural Engineer (National Council of Structural Engineers Association)

  • CM-Lean – Certificate of Management-Lean Construction Credential (Associated General Contractors of America)

  • MEM – Masters of Engineering Management

  • CDT – Construction Documents Technology Certification (Construction Specification Institute)

  • KMP – Certified Kanban Management Profession (Lean Kanban University)

  • LCI Approved Instructor – Lean Construction Institute

  • CM-Lean Approved Instructor - Associated General Contractors of America

  • CSM – Certified Scrum Master – Scrum Alliance

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