- Paperback: 138 pages
- Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.; Pap/Chrt edition (January 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934109207
- ISBN-13: 978-1934109205
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process Pap/Chrt Edition
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Pascal Dennis' "Getting the Right Things Done" also covers the A3 process - though for strategy deployment. Personally I find John Shook's "Managing to Learn" more readable and a better introduction to the A3, though they do cover different ground and the one doesn't replace the other.
If you want to know more about the A3 planning and problem solving process - that ties everything in lean together - this is a great place to start.
John Shook, building upon his Japanese language and work experience including 10 years with Toyota has again written a practical book which will accelerate those on a lean journey.
Of 250+ continuous improvement books studied over the past 19 years, this 2008 release immediately ranks amoung the top 5 in my library. Helpful for those biased through exposure to Six Sigma and DMAIC, this book is ideal for practitioners, leaders and consultants.
The soft side of change is very well addressed. Advocacy, inquiry, gaining buy-in, fear, frustrations and jubilation are presented in a creative and highly effective format (although some may not appreciate nemawashi and hansei at first) . The soft skills are the hardest part of any lean journey and normally receive too little attention.
Most pages are divided into a right and a left hand column representing the project leader and the executive who is the coach of the project leader. The use of this unusual format addresses one of the most challenging issues (and opportunities for improvement) when embarking upon a lean journey......engaging leadership in their role of driving organizational learning through coaching.
The introduction felt "slow," but do not let the first 7 pages discourage you. The story told is rich with real world emotions, dead ends, and rewritings, including numerous additional A3 case studies.
For those without a flexible mind and the ability to think in processes, the document translation process improvement story line throughout the book may not seem applicable to manufacturing processes.Read more ›
As with other books in the LEI lineup, this book is very readable. The illustrations are simple, the examples are straightforward, and the text is well-edited and well-structured. This book takes a fictional company as an example. As one who helps teach others, the narrative style has irritated me because authors frequently use it in a pure storytelling format. Books like these often have little instructional value because they are difficult to study from. Managing to Learn tells a company's example story, but it also explains and discusses the narrative events in a second column of text in the margin. Its almost like your floating above the players with your sensei, hearing the thoughts of the actors and an explanation by your lean leader. Combined with sidebar comments and uncluttered illustrations, the layout and style of this book make it a rich reference and a great study and teaching tool.
As the book points out, there are a number of ways A3s can be used, and Managing to Learn shows examples of each. The theme linking all of these together is the systematic problem solving thinking that is at the heart of A3 thinking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect book for supporting deployment of problem solving, not only focusing on the approach for problems solving (using A3) but also on the coaching and leading by example from... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jan Verwerft
Awesome book and a must read for Lean Six Sigma practioners who want to really understand the philosophy of A3 ThinkingPublished 7 days ago by Robert R. Jones
The layout of the chapters could be better. For required reading in my company, it is OK.Published 4 months ago by Frank Cruz
Good book and an easy read. Good usage cases & examples. I would recommend this book.Published 8 months ago by D. Martin
John Shook - need I say more. Great lean book and well documentedPublished 11 months ago by Pablo Diaz
John Shook is the best non japanese authority for teaching A3 management. His years with NUMMI granted him another doctorate, one on how to translate japanese knowledge for Western... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jose Luis Ruiz
Great book on A3 creating and thinking. The book itself is the interaction between a mentor and mentee, as the latter writes an A3. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christine L'Heureux