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- Publication Date: February 16, 2012
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A3 Problem Solving: Applying Lean Thinking Kindle Edition
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Although people in any organizational role can benefit from this book but is especially useful for lean coaches and practitioners looking for concise material on basics and background of A3 methodology. My two observations about the book; it would have been helpful to add more explanation about the levels and scopes of A3s; strategic A3 for long term business planning, operational A3 for enhancing productivity and problem solving A3 for solving specific problems or localized improvement projects. Also, the A3 example illustrated on location 424 of 455 more closely resembles to a strategic A3 than a problem solving A3. Again, my observations by no means undermine the quality of material presented in this book. In short, money and time well spent.
I would recommend this book to leader wanting to understand what a real lean leader should know about problem solving.
Recommended for people that like to drive a change in the mindset or people that like to solve problems from the root cause.
Rodolfo L. Garza
It is the next step forward for those already with managerial experience but have gotten frustrated with developing strategic plans and scorecards that are stored and kept out of sight until evaluation time. The A3 methodology can encapsulate all those written plans and reports into an easy-to-understand dynamic chart that remains visible, coherent and flexible.
As a brief overview of A3 I think this book is very useful. However, I was hoping for much more in-depth discussion and examples of A3 use and application. I also expected the thinking and doing of A3 to be covered in more depth. There were very few examples in the book of use and particularly in kindle form on ipad didn't work as they were orientated incorrectly.
Finally the diagrams used for the examples of flows for current states were rather difficult to understand and were not well explained. I also missed any link back to root cause or relation of current state to root cause analysis.
The concept of needing to add the future state/desired state to every problem analysis I found extremely useful.