A3 Problem Solving Session Including Simulation


This is everything your Lean Facilitator needs to teach an effective A3 Problem Solving class for your associates. The session is designed for 4.5 hours of classroom time learning the problem solving tools and how to use the A3 template, followed by the 3.5 hour team-based simulation.

Problem Solving tools include:
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Process Flow Charting
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Pareto Chart
  • Fishbone Diagram
  • Histogram
  • Scatter Diagram
  • Control Charts & Process Capability
  • Error Proofing
This simulation kit provides an opportunity for the participants to actually use the 8 steps of the A3 Process and fill out the included A3 form. The kit is designed for up to three teams (six associates per team). The simulation gives the team a chance to demonstrate their A3 Problem Solving knowledge in a simulated, yet "business-like" environment, and confirms their understanding of these techniques through the use of team "report-out" activities. The A3 steps are:
1. Identify the Problem or Need
2. Understanding the Current Situation/State
3. Goal Statement--Develop the Target State
4. Root Cause Analysis
5. Brainstorm/Determine Countermeasures
6. Countermeasures Implementation Plan
7. Check Results--Confirmation of Effect
8. Update Standard Work
Kit Includes:
  • 112 PowerPoint slides on a site license CD
  • A3 Problem Solving simulation using our standard wood trucks
  • A3 template--blank and on CD
  • A3 template--filled in per the steps in the PowerPoint slides and    on CD
  • 18 laminated problem situation and statement forms
  • Implementing World Class Manufacturing book as a reference for the problem solving Tools
  • Set of Poker Chips for a problem solving exercise


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