A3 Thinking Fundamentals Module

A3 Thinking is a process of team-based problem solving, generally geared towards a challenging problem that has eluded a solution by small team running the process.

In effect, A3 Thinking, and the associated A3 report are pulled out when lesser tools fail.

A3 Thinking combines many of the hallmarks of good Lean management with a variety of tools. It uses the PDCA cycle as its foundation, but with a far more analytical approach than typically used with PDCA. The analysis of these problems rely on many of problem solving tools associated with Lean (5 Whys, cause and effect diagram, Pareto charts, run charts), and the solutions for these problems often make use of improvement tools from the Lean toolkit (kanban, Standard Work, 5S).

The A3 Report is the primary method used to document and communicate progress with this problem solving effort. It is so named because of the A3 size piece of paper that it was originally created on. In the US, it is generally done on 11 x 17 paper, which is close to A3.

Although our module is a “fundamentals” level module, it is still a sophisticated tool. You should have a solid foundation in continuous improvement tools before attempting it. And keep in mind that the typical use of the A3 report is for problem solving. With experience, you will be able to expand on how you use it in the form of proposal or status A3 reports.

A3 Thinking requires and A3 Template

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A3 Templates

A3 Templates

A3 Templates. 3 versions (A3 size, 11x17 size, double letter size).
$5.99
A3 Thinking Audio Term

A3 Thinking Audio Term

Corporate license for the A3 Thinking Term on MP3. Save with our available streaming option.
$12.99
A3 Thinking Fundamentals Module Pack

A3 Thinking Fundamentals Module Pack

Contains A3 Thinking instructor materials, and audio.
$17.99
A3 Thinking Fundamentals PowerPoint Presentation

A3 Thinking Fundamentals PowerPoint Presentation

Corporate license for the A3 Thinking Fundamentals PowerPoint presentation.
$10.99
A3 Thinking Fundamentals Quiz

A3 Thinking Fundamentals Quiz

Corporate license for the A3 Thinking Fundamentals quiz.
$7.99
A3 Thinking Fundamentals Student Guide

A3 Thinking Fundamentals Student Guide

Corporate license for the A3 Thinking Fundamentals student guide.
$6.99
A3 Thinking Fundamentals Video

A3 Thinking Fundamentals Video

Access to our Fundamentals of A3 Thinking video.
Part of our Continuous Improvement Central video and download service.
Monthly subscription fee for CI Central:
$9.99
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