The A3 project management and problem solving tool is a powerful addition to any organization. Notably flexible and brief (one page document), the A3 report has proven to be an invaluable tool in moving organizations toward efficiency, effectiveness and sustained improvement. The power of this tool is derived not from the report itself, but from the culture change it inspires. Best implemented in conjunction with a PDCA (plan, do, check, act) based management philosophy, the A3 thinking process spurs deep learning and professional development throughout the organization. This, in turn, provides a sustainable culture shift.
Training on the philosophy behind A3 is best performed in a live environment using practical exercises that provide the learning with a connection between concept and application. This 8-hour + course provides participants with a simulated situation where A3 is then implemented. Students discover the power of A3 as well as the process for completing one. The 8-hour sessioin concludes with homework for the participants to develop their own A3 within their organization and picks up again at a later date with a follow-up on the A3's completed by the students. The assignment of an A3 with follow-up on the project insures that the organization receives positive impacts in return for their investment in the course.
Who Should Attend: Top managers, mid-level managers / supervisors, shop floor associates, office personnel, project managers, engineers, quality professionals, anyone that desires a simplified and visual approach to problem solving and project control.
A3 Overview Presentation:
Where an understanding of the A3 process is required, an overview of the concepts and tools can be beneficial. This presentation is intended to give a high level look at the power of A3 and how it might benefit an organization. The presentation focuses on the benefits of implementing A3 thinking and the steps recommended for integrating it with existing management systems.