Don't Present Your A3: Share Your A3
December 11, 2012A3 Coach Eric Ethington explains why he encourages people to share rather than present their A3s--and explains the reasons why this distinction helps foster productive teamwork and learning. More »
Who Owns Your A3? (Part Two)
December 4, 2012In this second of two columns, Mark Reich explains why people must own their A3 reports as a means of developing their ability to properly analyze a problem using facts and logic, and learning to build consensus in the organization as to how and why this problem must be addressed. More »
Who Owns Your A3? (Part One)
November 27, 2012LEI Director of Strategy and Operations Mark Reich shares how he learned a key lesson from his time at Toyota: always ask who owns the A3 in process. More »
What Exactly Is The Problem You Are Trying To Address?
September 25, 2012A3 coach David Verble asks a key question about getting started: do you know exactly what problem you are trying to address? And he shares why having a questioning mind engenders productive A3 work. More »
What Is Your Purpose? Who Is Your Audience?
August 8, 2012In this article, the third in a series of starting your A3, sensei David Verble suggest that you reflect more on the purpose of your A3 and match it to your audience. More »
Think Before You Leap
July 25, 2012In this second of a series on getting started with your A3, coach David Verble shares why clarifing what you know--and others don't--is a vital first step in producing a productive A3. More »
How Do I Start My A3?
July 18, 2012When asked "where do I start to write my A3," David Verble responds "don't start by writing." His piece, the first in a series about getting started, offers lessons he has learned about the nature of thinking, and a productive way to start the A3 by recognzing it as a thinking process. More »
Don't Call It...Anything
July 10, 2012Would lean be easier to teach and learn if it weren't called lean? If in fact it weren't labeled at all? Tracey Richaardson explains why. More »
Are You Being SMART?
June 28, 2012Coach Tracey Richardson shares five key qualities that should inform your A3 thinking. More »
What is Your Line of Sight?
April 16, 2012Coach Tracey Richardson explains why having a line of sight aligns you with the organizations purpose, and helps you determine how to define your own line of sight. More »
Are You Having Problems with Your Problem-Solving?
March 30, 2012Here are some useful questions to ask about how you approach problems. Following them may help you avoid some common mistakes and form better habits. More »
How are Assumptions Framing the Way You Do Business?
March 22, 2012Coach Tracey Richardson shares a productive way to examine whether you are dealing with facts or assumptions at the gemba. More »
4Ps Prove Lean Applies Everywhere
March 15, 2012Trainer Tracey Richardson explains how four deep principles reveal how lean thinking applies to any organization. More »
Leading with GTS²
March 8, 2012Lean leadership is ultimately about behaving--and in this article Tracey Richardson explains why GTS squared enables leaders to not just do lean, but BE lean. More »
Let Your A3s Lead
March 1, 2012Coach Eric Ethington shares how simply getting started with A3s as a means of engaging others in this process is a tactical approach that works. More »
Find One Second of Waste
February 23, 2012Coach Tracey Richardson shows you how she learned the importance of looking for waste everywhere, and how you can start being focused on finding it as well. More »
An interview with Gary Convis on A3 thinking and lean leadership
February 2, 2012Lean veteran Gary Convis explains how the A3 report serves as a flexible tool that develops leaders and aligns important goals across plants, divisions, and even countries. More »
Using A3 Problem Solving to Make the Thinking Process Visible
January 26, 2012In this excerpt from The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, authors Jeff Liker and Gary Convis share a story of how Gary learned the value of A3 leadership during his time at NUMMI. More »
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