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A3 Dojo: Share and Discuss A3s with Other Lean Thinkers
Welcome to this shared space for A3 thinking, which we¹ve designed to be a resource for lean practitioners to ask and discuss A3 questions, share common problems, and work together on ongoing challenges. This area builds on a conversation about lean management that was launched by John Shook's book Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement, Mentor, and Lead.
Below you will find a "wall" where you can post your A3s, ask questions, coach others and be coached yourself. You can also read an ongoing A3 column, written by experienced senseis, that teaches problem-solving and lean management, shares useful resources, and sparks new debate for the Dojo.
Please keep in mind that everything that you post on this site will be viewable to the public! We welcome your input, but caution you about revealing sensitive information.
|Subject: Guide to Making an A3|
Message: Hi everyone. After checking out Jesse's example A3 below, I thought I
would post our APS guide to making an A3 in case it would be useful for
others. This was developed after our senior group read "Managing
to Learn" and we had seen the particular areas of struggle as
people attempted to use the tool.
As Jesse stated, I would love feedback on how to improve the guide.
|Posted 8/23/2011 4:48 PM by Kyle Hanson send a private message to this person|
|Comments (8) view all|
Thanks for the feedback. Your point about spawning other A3s is right in line with what we've experienced as well. It might be good to add some examples of Action Items assignments (many of which could be the creation of daughter A3s). Currently, this is what guides our quality department on their issue work--the 'Mother A3' lists the top three main issue categories and then each category gets its own A3.
You've got me thinking about a good way to show this possible outcome in our guide...
Great work on this forum!
Posted 9/2/2011 8:52 AM by Kyle Hanson send a private message to this person
Message: Thanks Kyle. I shall print off a copy and study and feedback comments. John Shook's "Managing to Learn" is an excellent book. A very worthwhile purchase for me. I have learned so much from it already to guide my own (early) attempts at A3 thinking.
Good luck! Bill (Shrewsbury, United Kingdom)
Posted 11/28/2011 4:26 PM by Bill Evans send a private message to this person
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