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Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's Pdca Management System

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Winner of a 2009 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize.

Notably flexible and brief, the A3 report has proven to be a key tool In Toyota's successful move toward organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement, especially within its engineering and R&D organizations. The power of the A3 report, however, derives not from the report itself, but
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published March 7th 2008 by Productivity Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding. I initially thought it would be a quick read since the page count is short, but I found myself slowly savoring it. This book is like a good wine where you appreciate the textures and nuances if you take it slow.

I suggest this book to all Lean practitioners, most project managers, people who use data to understand problems and show improvements, people who like to draw, and anybody else that enjoys the thought process behind problem solving.

This is a great next book for
Phil Calçado
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great intro

Pretty good introduction. Very actionable advice and tips. Nevertheless, I would only recommend it if you have read The Toyota Way, Learning to See and/or similar books on Lean beforehand. Something else to know is that this book, like the others mentioned, focus on manufacturing. You will have to translate the concepts to your domain (e.g. Software in my case)
Jul 06, 2011 marked it as on-hold
Recommended reading for work.
Caio Croce
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book for overall take on the pdca solving problem tool. A little bit disappointed cause I expected the authours would spend more time on how to analyse a problem but it was more about understanding how a PDCA works in generall. I thought also that chapters 4 and 5 were very unnecessary when there are so much more interesting aspects to talk about regarding the pdca tool.
France Bergeron
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to understand A3 thinking.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s a good tool.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is easy to read and it explains with detail how to draw an A3 diagram. It gives you valuable adviser on how the information shall be displayed or the structure.
In reference to the thinking part of the title it only surfaces the problem, mentioning root cause analysis or fishbone analysis but from my point of view it should dig into detail due to the fact that A3 is a tool for representing a way of thinking.

this book shouldn't be read from cover to cover and it would be used as
Christophe Addinquy
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: agile
The lean is the school of austerity. And this book is clearly in this mindset. Don't expect a fun reading. But if you want to really understand the fundamentals of the problem-solving way of thinking, this is the book. It shows how this process is achieved through the famous A3, and the clear and compelling examples help a lot. A must read.
Ma note de lecture en Français ici
Paul Boos
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book amazingly describes HOW the entire Toyota Production System came to be... Punchline: it's applying the scientific method to problem solving in a collaborative/consensus-building method for root-cause analysis of the system that caused the problem. It then discusses 3 types of reports: problem-solving, proposals, and status reports and the differences in the thinking approaches in the PDCA cycle for each of these. I really enjoyed how this concisely written book provides some much ...more
Binnen Toyota is iedereen getraind en doordrongen van de cultuur van continu verbeteren. Het PDCA principe (Plan, Do, Check, Act) is dan ook een van de belangrijkste elementen van de Toyota bedrijfscultuur.
Naast dit PDCA principe wordt een flexibel en zeer precies rapporteringssysteem gebruikt dat in alle opzichten getrouwd is met het PDCA proces.
Alle rapporten moeten en kunnen passen op één zijde van een A3 papier.
Bob Wallner
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lean
Awesome book and well deserving of its Shingo Award!

I had read this close to a decade ago when I was first exposed to a3 thinking. At that time there was a lot of buzz going around about a3. But then like other things it kind of disappeared for a awhile. Good news if you follow lean blogs...It's back! I know there are many book options, but I would strongly recommend newbies start with this book.
Felipe Moreira
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ensina sobre a utilização do PDCA estruturado com a ferramenta A3 da Toyota. Gostei muito pois transmite a ideia de que é necessário ter maior rigor científico no cotidiano das empresas, fugindo um pouco da retórica da "arte de administrar". Aplicar o PDCA é aplicar algo que está embasado no método científico.
Mohamed Mohamed
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
very nice book , important for any field of industry in order to continually improve itself.
Christina Plaut
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
Content is applicable to my job, but it could have been way more engaging than it was.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the must-read for anyone involved in problem solving or continuous improvement. (And shouldn't that be everyone?)
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you want to get to the heart of the TPS then this book is essential.
Dave Jenkinson
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
A very dry/dull book. Lots of repetition and tediously drawn out explanations. I'd recommend dipping into it for reference purposes rather than doing what I did and reading it cover to cover.
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