Toyota’s Secret: The A3 Report
The A3 report, with its logical series of boxes and graphics, looks simple in layout but the underlying thought process is rigorous when practiced correctly. The payoff for companies that diligently apply "A3 thinking" is the creation of a method for solving problems, planning, collaborating, and mentoring everyone in scientific thinking. (Published by Sloan Management Review. Requires subscription or purchase)
Managing to Learn: The Use of the A3 Management Process
This workshop introduces the A3 management process and the way of thinking represented in the A3 format that capture the heart of lean management. Participants will be provided an overview of various forms and uses of the A3 format and will have an opportunity to create their own A3. Working in small groups, they will be able to read, discuss, and evaluate each another’s A3s.