Organizational Excellence

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A-3 Thinking

Event Date: 
December 15, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
ASQ - Free Webinar
Wilbert Owens
President - APICS


A-3 Thinking is a management process.  Its adoption standardizes a methodology for innovating, planning, problem solving, and building foundational structures for sharing a broader and deeper form of thinking.  This produces organizational learning that is deeply rooted in work itself--operational learning.  It forces individuals to observe reality, present facts, propose working countermeasures, and is designed to achieve the stated goals, gain agreement, and follow up, with a process of checking and adjusting for actual results.  A3 Thinking represents a powerful tool for problem solving, making improvements, and getting things done.  

A-3 is the international size (11” x 17”) sheet of paper that is used to write the report.  The A-3 report is a one page document that is written on one side.  The thinking behind the A-3 report is a thorough understanding of the Deming (PDCA) cycle: Plan-Do-Check-Act.