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What is it: A3 is a one page structured problem solving tool that forces the problem to be focused on just a one page report, usually a A3 size paper sheet although any size paper can be used. Using this method helps to focus in on the problem and forces one to be concise making the reports easy to read, easy to follow and an ideal format to present results to management.

Why use it: Most problems that arise in organizations are addressed in superficial ways, what some call "first-order problem-solving."  That is, we work around the problem to accomplish our immediate objective, but do not address the root causes of the problem so as to prevent its recurrence. By not addressing the root cause, we encounter the same problem or same type of problem again and again, and operational performance does not improve. The A3 Process helps people engage in collaborative, in-depth problem-solving. It drives problem-solvers to address the root causes of problems which surface in day-to-day work routines.

Where to use it: For problems that require in-depth root cause analysis.

When to use it: The A3 problem solving is used when a business case requires a specific issue to be solved with counter measures put in place.

How to use it: There are basically 7 steps to a A3 problem solving report that needs to be followed:

  1. Theme
  2. Background
  3. Current Condition
  4. Root Cause Analysis
  5. Target Condition
  6. Implementation Plan
  7. Follow-up

The presentation included in this template package will go through each of the 7 steps in detail.


  Name
Format
Preview (Click to enlarge)
  A3 Instructions
Adobe PDF Format
Adobe PDF
Format
A3 Instructions
  A3 Problem Solving Template 1
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
A3 Problem Solving Template 1
  A3 Problem Solving Template 2
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
A3 Problem Solving Template 2
  A3 Strategy Template
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
A3 Strategy Template
USD $19.95
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