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A3 problem solving is a structured approach to Problem Solving that uses a single sheet of paper (the A3) to guide the process and communicate the results.


A good lean coach uses each step of the A3 summary to challenge the person they're coaching in areas like problem grasping and framing, depth of data analysis and brainstorming.

The A3 summary is a fantastic way to increase Practical Problem Solving capability for 3 reasons

  1. It requires a structured approach to solve a problem to root cause

  2. It becomes part of a library of knowledge to share across operations leaders

  3. It provides a way for the coach to challenge the coachee at each stage to develop a better understanding.

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