A3 Thinking and Implementing PDCA
     A3's are one of the most powerful tools in the lean toolset.  Although it looks pretty simple, it is one of the most effective ways to pull together many of the tools used in problem-solving and reporting.  You can't go wrong by learning how to use this tool and then implementing it within your organization.

   
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     A3 Articles: In the Summer 2009 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review: Summer 2009 you can find two excellent articles that cover the A3.  One, " Toyota's Secret: The A3 Report ," by John Shook, goes into considerable detail on the structure, and use of the A3 tool.  The other, " Problem Solving By Design ," by Michael S. Hopkins, is focused on John Shook and his hands-on A3 education at Toyota.  Check out both of these articles for an engaging introduction to A3 reports and their PDCA focus.