Developing People with A3 Thinking

"A3 thinking" has become popular within the lean community, but not necessarily for all the right reasons. A3 Reports are simply a waste-free way for report writing and communication, but the basic building blocks of the A3 report provide a nice template for good thinking. In this session, Jamie Flinchbaugh provides a basic primer on A3, outlining its use as a method to structure, capture, communicate and coach. He discusses each of its components in greater depth, beginning with how to develop the problem statement and continuing through to verification and action. Learn tips and tricks to make the A3 a more effective learning tool in their own continuous improvement efforts.

In This Presentation You Will Learn

  • The background of A3 (in minute 6)

  • What A3 thinking is all about (in minute 12)

  • Why does A3 matter (in minute 21)

  • Getting over the "not invented here" attitude (in minute 33)

  • How to go beyond the tool into the thinking and structure (in minute 36)

  • How to really use "Plan, Do, Check, Act" (in minute 48)

  • and more

About the Speaker

Jamie Flinchbaugh, Founder and Partner, Lean Learning Center

Jamie Flinchbaugh is a founder and partner of the Lean Learning Center in Novi, Michigan, and the co-author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road. He shares his successful and varied experiences of lean transformation as a practitioner and leader through companies such as Chrysler and DTE Energy. He also has a wide range of practical experience in industrial operations, including production, maintenance, material control, product development, and manufacturing engineering. Flinchbaugh is a graduate fellow of the highly regarded Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research thesis was on implementing lean manufacturing through factory design. He also holds a bachelor's in engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. and a master's in engineering from the University of Michigan. In 2006, he was named to Crain Detroit's 40 Under 40 list for his accomplishments.

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