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Stick Figure Illustrator

Excel Template for Stick Figure Drawings

As popularized in the book A3 Problem Solving for Lean Healthcare, by Cindy Jimmerson, this Stick Figure Illustrator template makes it easy to add intuitive illustrations to your A3 Reports that are:

  1. Much more professional looking than drawing by hand
  2. Easily shared and archived — in electronic format
  3. Also easy to illustrate your PowerPoint presentations, lean training tools, and other documents


A3 Illustrator Excel template

Sample Stick Figures example


How to use your

Stick Figures Illustrator template

Find and open your template

Find and open your Stick Figure A3 Illustrator template

(StickFigure.xlsx or A3Illustrator.xlsx)

in the same way that you find and open your other 150+ Systems2win templates.

Excel Ribbon bar > Systems2win menu

Save your working document

following the usual document storage and naming conventions established by your leaders

Open a Blank Sheet

When you're ready to start doing your own real work...

click the button to 'Open a Blank Sheet'

Excel Ribbon > Systems2win tab > Open a Blank Sheet

This blank sheet is where you will do your real work

(not on the Sample sheet — which gives you sample data that is extremely helpful for learning how to use your new tool, but is the wrong place to do your real work)

Systems2win menu > Open a Blank Sheet

Rename your new sheet.

Or... Insert Sheet

As an alternative to opening a stand-alone document (as instructed above), you also have the option to Insert Sheet into any other Excel workbook.

If English is not your preferred language

Switch to your language, just like every Systems2win Excel template.

Now you are ready to start using your

Stick Figure Illustrator

Observe the process

Observe the process using any of your Process Observation templates, being on the lookout for:

Draw a picture of your As Is problem

It is common to start by hand drawing and then transcribe to a more professional-looking A3 Report or PowerPoint presentation that can be electronically saved and permanently archived.

To learn how to draw using Excel as a drawing tool without the cost and learning curve of Visio,

watch these training videos...

Videos: How to use Excel
as a drawing tool

Use the A3 Problem Solving Method

Use the A3 Problem Solving Method to come up proposed solutions and better ways of doing things.

Draw a picture of your Future State(s)

Perhaps with phased stages of implementation each depicted on its own worksheet.

Highlight problems and solutions using burst and cloud shapes.

bursts and cloud shapes

Copy your drawings from this workbook to your A3 Report

Using any of the methods to copy your drawing as a picture.


A3 stick figures

A3 legend of lines and arrows used in A3 Illustrator

Stick Figures Illustrator

with many other useful tools for Process Improvement


to empower every team member to improve every process