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Winner Of A Shingo Research And Professional Publication Prize Notably Flexible And Brief, The A Report Has Proven To Be A Key Tool In Toyota S Successful Move Toward Organizational Efficiency, Effectiveness, And Improvement, Especially Within Its Engineering And RD Organizations The Power Of The A Report, However, Derives Not From The Report Itself, But Rather From The Development Of The Culture And Mindset Required For The Implementation Of The A System In Understanding A Thinking, The Authors First Show That The A Report Is An Effective Tool When It Is Implemented In Conjunction With A PDCA Based Management Philosophy Toyota Views A Reports As Just One Piece In Their PDCA Management Approach Second, The Authors Show That The Process Leading To The Development And Management Of A Reports Is At Least As Important As The Reports Themselves, Because Of The Deep Learning And Professional Development That Occurs In The Process And Finally, The Authors Provide A Number Of Examples As Well As Some Very Practical Advice On How To Write And Review A Reports

7 thoughts on “Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's Pdca Management System

  1. says:

    Dieses Buch ist sehr gut geschrieben und beschreibt hervorragend die Philosophie und die Erstellung von A3s.Die Beipiele sind gut aufbereitet.Von meinen Kollegen bekam es auch ein gutes Feedback.

  2. Bernhard Heer Bernhard Heer says:

    Das Buch ist eine gute Zusammenfassung die sehr n tzlich ist, wenn man sich mit diesem Tool ausf hrlich auseinandersetzen m chte Ansonsten vielleicht etwas viel aus einem eigenltich kleinen Thema gemacht.

  3. Phil Calçado Phil Calçado says:

    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

  4. Don L Don L says:

    This is an exceptional book that not only provides the reader with a deep perspective of key Toyota enablers but thoroughly explains how to use and develop the skills to create them.Any serious study of Toyota reveals that PDCA the Deming Cycle and the A3 reporting mechanism are at the heart of the onion These are the tools that enabled the development of their Production System As a friend and Toyota manager once explained, it s their circulatory system or how they create and transmit knowledge These tools are as prevalent in Toyota s PD or Marketing as they are in a production unit.If you are serious about implementing Lean your time and money could not be better placed than in reading this book It is well written and very useful.

  5. M M says:

    Pro Very, very good summary of PDCA Plan Do Check Act Good use of references using solid, reliable sources Explains misconceptions of western interpreation of the word, standard Solid summary chapter at the end A3 building exercises for the reader is a novel approach, thumbs up Practical advice Good examples of A3s Appreciated the honesty glimpses of the realities of Toyota as a global, multinational company, even if they were small or only hinted at A decent section on the digital vs paper debate Describes some elements of good or proper visuals e.g Tufte section on proper display of analytics Changes the way I will forever ask and give updates on projectsCon By far the largest issue is the repetitious nature of the material Chapters 3, 4, 5 could have perhaps been best presented as one with notes describing key differences As is, I think the repetition has a tendency to hide and demphasize differences and key points Fig 6.2 and related description seems to have some serious issues, whether it is message, erroneous, or other I cannot yet say Some jargon e.g spinning your wheels that will not translate easily if you are not AmericanNeutral 5 Whys was not deeply described and maybe borders in my opinion on an incorrect description, although in fairness to the authors this is not the focus of the book Heavy use of at Toyota which is on the cover so if this is a turnoff, please note that Toyota shows up in here quite a bitBottom line Recommended for everyone Despite cons, easily in my top 5 lean excellence books.

  6. Charles Alter Charles Alter says:

    This book is really an excellent and in depth analysis of A3 thinking and the basic process that underlies it, PDCA or the Deming Model It is a good primer to understand how to use A3 thinking and how to avoid many of the pitfalls that are typical when Americans try to emulate Japanese management practices Personally, I m interested in the Strategy A3 process than the Problem Solving A3 but it all flows nicely and should help anyone interested in learning about the process.

  7. William C. Zeeb William C. Zeeb says:

    Outstanding reference work of the logic and mechanics of creating A3 s Covered are 3 variants 1 Problem Solving A3 s, 2 Proposal A3 s, and 3 Status A3 s.The authors present a refreshingly pragmatic approach to helping improvement teams and leaders to drive communication, scientific method thinking and organizational alignment for improvement Clearly building on the A3 heritage of Toyotathe focus is on the thought process and not on one correct format like snowflakes, no two A3 s are alike Six Sigma professionals will recognize many elements both existing and omitted of DMAIC thinking in the PDCA format of the A3 For today s challenging business cycle, the A3 approach can offer faster, less bureaucratic results, building on frequent cycles of learning through revision than DMAIC.This book is valuable for beginners as well as veteran Six Sigma professionals looking to make the transition from DMAIC to A3 thinking.The case studies included in the book provide an outstanding opportunity to test your understanding and gain initial cycles of learning with A3 s writing and reviewing.Save this book for a long flight you can get through the case studies easily.Managing to Learn Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement, Mentor, and Leadis another helpful guide to A3 s which deals even with the human side of A3 thinking.For those who wish to go deeper into the graphical aspects of A3, which are discussed to a limited degree in Mr Sorbek s work, Edward Tufte sThe Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd editionis a valuable resource.