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Orienting the PI project novice: how to get early traction with non-mathematical process improvement tools

Process improvement approaches, such as Lean Six Sigma, have no shortage of powerful tools to apply in trying to assess a situation and then implementing change.  How, then, to pick those that may have the most bang for the buck for someone relatively new to the field or on their first PI project? Continue reading


Introducing the A3 – conclusions

This post wraps up the series on A3 development, started earlier this year.

In the previous posts, I covered key A3 concepts, layout, sequence of steps involved in definition and analysis, implementation and follow-up, basic notation, and tips on what to do as well as what to avoid.

I also illustrated diagrammatically how customers, developers, and their mentors can best interact as an A3 gradually and collaboratively takes shape.

I hope this has given you a useful grounding in the topic of A3 design, and served to point out the benefits this powerful thinking aid and communication tool can bring to process redesign and problem solving.