A3 Problem Solving and Decision Making


No more 20-page reports that nobody reads! Master this simple 1-page tool to define and analyze a problem, develop countermeasures and track the effectiveness of implementing them. For decision making, your A3 becomes a story everyone can understand. Using A3 creates “reflective problem-solvers”, “clear-headed decisionmakers”, and can be used for virtually anything, because it streamlines how your organization communicates.

A3 Problem Solving and Decision Making

What you'll learn

What you'll learn

What is an A3? Why is it so powerful?


The underlying foundation of the A3 is the Deming Cycle: Plan, Do, Check, Adjust


Who should be the A3 Champion, Mentor and Collaborators and their roles


The role of Root Cause Analysis in Problem Solving A3


The role of Choosing by Advantages in Decision Making A3


How to use A3 in Strategic Planning


Why the Action Plan and Evaluation steps are the key to continuing improvement


Tips to make your A3 easier and more effective.


What is an A3? Why is it so powerful?

The underlying foundation of the A3 is the Deming Cycle: Plan, Do, Check, Adjust

Who should be the A3 Champion, Mentor and Collaborators and their roles

The role of Root Cause Analysis in Problem Solving A3

The role of Choosing by Advantages in Decision Making A3

How to use A3 in Strategic Planning

Why the Action Plan and Evaluation steps are the key to continuing improvement

Tips to make your A3 easier and more effective.

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This course includes

0.3 hours on-demand video
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile
Certificate of Completion

Description

Description

If you’ve ever labored to create a 10-page masterpiece only to have no one read it, you already know why you need A3. Everyone will read one page. Many top leaders believe that if you can’t fit the ideas on one page, you probably haven’t thoroughly thought through the problem or decision.

Enter A3, created by Toyota Engineer Taiichi Ohno and now an integral part of the tool box of every practitioner of lean whether in construction, design or manufacturing.

A picture is worth a thousand words. A good A3 is an 11x17 “picture” in about a thousand words. Far less with some good charts and graphs.

Learn how to quickly craft the Background and Current Condition sections. Then reach out to colleagues (Collaborators) for ideas on what should be the Goal or Target Condition. Do an in-depth analysis, then present your findings in a chart, graph or other visual method. (It’s not difficult when you see our examples.) Let your Collaborators help you brainstorm Proposed Counter Measures and an Action Plan. Test it all with a Mentor and then present it for immediate Action with a Follow Up in the next few weeks or months to make the expected adjustments.

During the Design phase, when coupled with Set Based Design and TVD Cluster Groups, A3’s record a variety of design options, each analyzed in one page, then summarized on a “cover A3” that shows why the team chose the final design component.

If you’ve ever labored to create a 10-page masterpiece only to have no one read it, you already know why you need A3. Everyone will read one page. Many top leaders believe that if you can’t fit the ideas on one page, you probably haven’t thoroughly thought through the problem or decision.
Enter A3, created by Toyota Engineer Taiichi Ohno and now an integral part of the tool box of every practitioner of lean whether in construction, design or manufacturing.
A picture is worth a thousand words. A good A3 is an 11x17 “picture” in about a thousand words. Far less with some good charts and graphs.
Learn how to quickly craft the Background and Current Condition sections. Then reach out to colleagues (Collaborators) for ideas on what should be the Goal or Target Condition. Do an in-depth analysis, then present your findings in a chart, graph or other visual method. (It’s not difficult when you see our examples.) Let your Collaborators help you brainstorm Proposed Counter Measures and an Action Plan. Test it all with a Mentor and then present it for immediate Action with a Follow Up in the next few weeks or months to make the expected adjustments.
During the Design phase, when coupled with Set Based Design and TVD Cluster Groups, A3’s record a variety of design options, each analyzed in one page, then summarized on a “cover A3” that shows why the team chose the final design component.
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Contents and Overview

Contents and Overview

In five 4-5 minute videos, your instructors explain why A3 is not only a powerful one-page communication tool, but also a powerful problem solving and decision making methodology which can be used again and again by you and your team.


This course includes downloadable Practice Scenarios (for both problem solving and decision making), templates (with prompts) for Decision Making and Strategic Planning. Also included are Action Plans to prompt you on where to use an A3, how to start it, how to perform the analysis section, and completing and implementing it.


If you wish, you can take the Basic or Advanced quizzes to deepen your learning.


Complete the course and receive your frameable Certificate.


In five 4-5 minute videos, your instructors explain why A3 is not only a powerful one-page communication tool, but also a powerful problem solving and decision making methodology which can be used again and again by you and your team.

This course includes downloadable Practice Scenarios (for both problem solving and decision making), templates (with prompts) for Decision Making and Strategic Planning. Also included are Action Plans to prompt you on where to use an A3, how to start it, how to perform the analysis section, and completing and implementing it.

If you wish, you can take the Basic or Advanced quizzes to deepen your learning.

Complete the course and receive your frameable Certificate.

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Course content

Course content

We distill one hour of training into every nine minutes of video. Don’t waste your precious time in dry boring lectures. (If you want repetition, you can play the video as many times as you like.)

5 videos

00:20:22

$14.95

$14.95

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

This course includes

0.3 hours on-demand video
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile
Certificate of Completion