by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean
A3 thinking, A3 problem solving, A3 report writing – whatever you might call it is growing popular in the same way that value stream mapping did many years ago. But just like value stream mapping, just using the tool solves nothing. You still need to get the right thinking in place to make any of the tools, methods or skills effective.
This month’s Leading Lean column for ASSEMBLY Magazine begins a series of column on the proper use of A3. You can find it here. My favorite line, just for the fun of it, is “it won’t magically turn you into a lean thinker any more than picking up a paintbrush or a sax will magically turn you into another Rembrandt or John Coltrane.” In the following months I will cover more specific aspects of the methodology.
Like any tool, I encourage you to think about why you are using it before you just start using it.
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus.