A3 Report — Lean A3 Examples
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Types of A3 Reports
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Types of A3 Documents
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The most common use of an A3 Report is for A3 Problem Solving.
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How to use your A3 Template for the A3 Problem Solving Process
Every lean tool needs
Lean Coaching System
aka Strategy A3 (if focused on longer-horizon value stream or hoshin plan)
A very succinct, visual, and emotionally compelling way
to introduce opportunities and possible ways to capitalize on them.
Differences between a Proposal A3 vs. a Problem Solving A3:
- Timing: Introduction of a proposal for a future improvement
- Left side only. You might use 8 1/2 x 11 or A4 size paper, because there is usually nothing to put on the right side.
Some authors of a Proposal A3 add a section for 'Potential Countermeasures'.
Others add sections for 'Benefits', or 'Reference Documents'...
It's your proposal. Do whatever you think will help sell it.
If and when the Proposal gets approved, then it morphs into a Problem Solving A3.
An A3 document is a popular choice to serve as a Team Charter
because it so clearly 'tells the story'
of why your team was formed, and the mission to be accomplished.
It is a popular choice for:
- Hoshin Team Charter
- Value Stream Event Team Charter
Similar to a Proposal A3, your Team Charter might start out as an A4 report (on 8 1/2 x 11 paper)
and then evolve into a full size A3 Report if the Charter gets approved, and when the team gets to the A3 problem solving phases that require the right side of the larger 11x17 paper.
An A3 Project Plan might use the entire report (both sides)
to flesh out a more detailed project plan.
After the planning phase is completed, then perhaps the A3 Project Plan might be condensed to fit on just the left side, thereby leaving the right side available for traditional A3 problem solving.
Similarly, (but less commonly), your A3 document might use some extra space from the right side of the report during the Process Analysis phase.
Perhaps temporarily condensing the problem definition and root cause analysis sections to make extra room for more detailed analysis of proposed countermeasures.
No matter which decision making tools and methods you use,
an A3 report provides a ideal way to 'tell your story' of
what problems were faced, what root causes were identified, what goals and targets were chosen, what options were considered, why you made your choice, how your changes were implemented, and expected vs. actual measured results.
All on one page.
Once your problem is 'solved'... is it really?
No matter which lean management system you are using, an A3 provides an effective way to:
- Succinctly summarize the problem, why it is important to fix this, root causes, goals, options, choices, and plans
- Serve as a 'quick refresher' each time that the problem solver meets with his or her mentor
- Provide periodic progress reports
For periodic progress reports.
The PowerPoint alternative to a Status A3 Report
An A3 Status Report has several advantages over PowerPoint:
As an alternative (or supplement) to an A3 Status Report,
many teams for Kaizen Events, Value Stream Events,
When you own your Systems2win templates, you don't have to choose.
For any project, you can use either or both.
All of the above types of A3 documents address different aspects of process improvement.
As part of the A3 process, you will also often use many of your other process improvement tools.
See a sample A3 Report.
Or better yet, download your free A3 template, and follow the instructions for how to use it.
To see examples of many diverse types of A3 Reports — refer to the books in our Suggested Reading.
The bottom line is...
An A3 Report is an excellent way to tell a story.
Any story — about process improvement.
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