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A3 problem solving template – now in Google Doc!

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I’ve finally gotten around to porting the A3 template to Google Doc. Who wants to send around MS Word docs and PDFs? Bah. Put the doc in the cloud instead, where everyone can see and edit together. Or print the template and do it by hand.

Curious about A3 problem solving? See the FAQ.

Here’s a direct link to the template.

A3 template


Slides from Lean & Kanban Netherlands 2013

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It’s a busy week! But could not resist beautiful Utrecht region and Lean Kanban Netherlands with focus “Modern management methods”.

Here are my slides from the A3 Workshop, where my goal was to let the participants experience some of the upsides and downsides of using A3 in problem solving knowledge work  (hint: you will need more than A3..). I wanted to elaborate on the complimentary useful tools for complex, fast  paced scenarios (hint: you can do better than “just swarming”) – maybe next time! 🙂

Cause-effect diagrams

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Here’s a new article for you:

Cause-effect diagrams are a simple and pragmatic way of doing root cause analysis. I’ve been using these diagrams for years to help organizations understand and solve all kinds of problems – technical as well as organizational.

The purpose of the article is to show you how cause-effect diagrams work, so you can put them to use in your own context.

Cause-effect diagrams

A3 Problem Solving template and example

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For those of you interested in Lean problem solving techniques, Tom Poppendieck and I have created an A3 problem solving example and template. Feel free to use as you please.

A3 problem solving