Dan Markovitz Teaching “A3” Course at Stanford this Fall


Mark’s note: I asked Dan to write a post about his upcoming class…

I’ll be teaching a class this fall at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program on A3s — how to create them, how to review them, and how to coach others on them. The goal of the class is to help you learn to use PDCA thinking to improve performance.

The class will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:50pm for five weeks, from September 23 to October 21. Each class will consist of a short lecture on the different parts of the A3, evaluation and critique of a sample A3, and then time to work on your own A3 with classmates.

You can read the full course description and syllabus, as well as register for the class here.

Special note: if you’re not interested/able to take the class but have experience with A3s, I’d love to have you be a guest reviewer for the students’ A3s during one of the classes. Please contact me if you’d like to participate: dan [atsign] timebackmanagement.com.

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Dan Markovitz

Dan Markovitz is president of Markovitz Consulting, a firm that radically improves operational speed and efficiency by applying lean concepts to knowledge work. He is a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and teaches at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program. He also lectures on A3 thinking at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business. Dan is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences, and has consulted to organizations as diverse as Camelbak, Clif Bar, Abbott Vascular, WL Gore & Associates, Intel, the City of Menlo Park, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His book, A Factory of One, was honored with a Shingo Research Award in 2013. Dan has also published articles in the Harvard Business Review blog, Quality Progress, Industry Week magazine, Reliable Plant magazine, and Management Services Journal, among other magazines. All of these articles are available for download on the Resources page. Earlier in his career, he held management positions in product marketing at Sierra Designs, Adidas, CNET and Asics Tiger, where he worked in sales, product marketing, and product development. He also has experience as an entrepreneur, having founded his own skateboarding footwear company. Dan lived in Japan for four years and is fluent in Japanese. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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  1. Mark R Hamel


    Looks like a great course and, unlike many offerings from esteemed institutions, it will add real value! You’re essentially helping people learn how to think (and hopefully, ultimately teach others how to think)…in a very different way.

    Best of luck.

  2. Dan Markovitz Dan Markovitz says:


    I couldn’t agree more. As a graduate of the business school there, I really regret not having classes with more, um, practical value.

  3. Adam Zak says:

    See if you can figure out a way to get the MBA students into your class ASAP. Dose of real world.

  4. Mark Graban

    Dan – do you know how many colleges or universities are offering a course in the A3 methodology?

  5. Dan Markovitz Dan Markovitz says:


    I’m not aware of any universities offering A3 training as part of the regular curriculum. This class is part of the Continuing Studies Program, which is open to anyone with $280. I’ll also be teaching an A3 class at the Fisher School of Business at Ohio State University this winter. But aside from that? None that I know of.

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