Pop quiz: In terms of process improvement in Ohio State government, what is an 'A3'?
An A3 is all of these. Ultimately, the A3 is a document for reporting on process improvement projects, but it can also guide projects from problem identification to solution implementation. It is a place to “show your work” and communicate to others what you did and what results you have accomplished. It aligns with the PDCA cycle and provides a structured way of thinking that sees problems as opportunities to make improvements upon every day, promoting continuous improvement. The A3 can also be leveraged when seeking support and authorization for an improvement project. And the A3 report gets its name from the paper size it's intended to be able to fit on (A3, or 11" x 17"), which is considered the industry standard in organizations that utilize Lean-Six Sigma approaches to improvement.
Here you will find a selection of A3 reports with featured results from Lean improvement projects submitted by LeanOhio Boot Camp Camo Belt candidates. You will also find an Excel file with the A3 template, instructions and some examples. Additionally, there is a PowerPoint slide deck and a link to a YouTube video with instructions on how to use and complete the A3.
If you have completed a project and wish to submit an A3 to LeanOhio, please send it to LeanOhio@das.ohio.gov.
Click here to download the LeanOhio A3 template
Click here to download our instructional slide deck on A3 and PDCA
Click here to watch an instructional video on how to complete an A3
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