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Where Problem-Solving Goes Wrong: Helping People Better Understand A3 Thinking

In a previous post, I presented the idea that problem-solving, although critically important to an organization’s success, is not given the focus it deserves.  As a result of this, few problems are addressed effectively, leading organizations to face the same issues again and again. Just like learning tennis or golf, improving the ability to solve problems requires … Continue reading

The Lean Formula

The entire effort must be directed toward achieving the organization’s aim. Without clarity around the purpose (including the mission and vision), efforts to improve will be isolated and disconnected. The annual plan will have nothing with which to align, and overall results will be disappointing. Continue reading

Using ORID to Guide Business Planning

I’ve noticed recently how well the hoshin A3 aligns with the ORID (Objective, Reflective, Interpretive, Decisional) method of questioning. Based on the Socratic method of learning, ORID is a structured conversation focused on getting a team to arrive at decisions based on the information available. Continue reading

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