Step A3 Template A3 Supply Chain Question

Step A3 Template A3 Supply Chain Question

Step A3 Template A3 Supply Chain Question

This Final will require you to use A3 Thinking and the 8-Step A3 template (Attached below) to help you solve or improve any problem you currently have at home, work, or school.

What is an A3? Check out these slides (Also attached below)

Why are we doing this for our final? In short, this technique uses the scientific method and is a proven method to help individuals and teams solve problems. By doing an A3 for your final, you will be demonstrating your ability to work through the framework and concepts we are covering in class. Two added benefits to using the A3 for your final:
1. You will get to solve or improve something in your life, and apply this thinking to a real scenario.
2. You will have an example to show off to future employers of how you used A3 Thinking in a real scenario. Employers who list Lean/Six Sigma as a desired or required skillset often want to see not only the certification but also proof (success stories, improvement artifacts, etc.) of your experience with problem-solving.

Methods for submitting this document:

  • Can use either PowerPoint, Excel, or Visio as electronic tools for this final. Most students find PowerPoint the easiest to work with. If you choose an electronic tool outside of PowerPoint, you are responsible for replicating the template we provided above (the boxes must be the same).
  • Hand-drawn/written A3s are also accepted as long as they are clear and easy to read.

What kind of problem should I pick to work on? This is totally up to you. You can pick any problem that you experience at work, home, or school. The problem should be one that you can directly impact and/or influence. Pick a problem that you feel is just big enough so you can apply the eight (8) A3 steps, some examples include:

  • Improving the laundry process in your home
  • Improving the grocery/shopping process for your family (or any other spending process)
  • Improving the space utilization in a garage or shed
  • Getting kids to daycare on time every time
  • Improving the filing system at your job
  • Improving a shared space (storeroom, waiting room, etc.) at work
  • Improving communication with your coworkers or manager
  • Improving your grades at school
  • and more!

Requirements and Grading Criteria:

  • slide #12 outlines the requirements for each box – consider this a checklist to help you.
  • Must be done individually. The document will be assessed for plagiarism.
  • Must include visuals – A3s are meant to visual. Use text to support your visuals. Visuals can include (and are not limited to) process maps, SIPOC, gap analysis, fishbone diagram, priority payoff matrix, Pareto diagrams, photos, action plans, etc.
  • Use the problem statement guide from Week 1 Module 1 to help you draft a strong problem statement.
  • Late submissions will receive a ZERO. Please plan accordingly.


  • The A3 is clear, concise, and complete. The document is no more than 2 slides or a front/back piece of paper. The A3 is easy to read and follow. All 8 boxes are filled out and meet minimum requirements outlined on slide #12 . (10 points)
  • The content in each section/box is logical and the connection to each section is clear and logical. For example, your problem statement and target should be related (what are you measuring as it relates to your problem statement?) and your countermeasures should directly impact one or more of your root causes. Your instructors are looking for continuity throughout your problem-solving. Breaks in logic, weak or missing connections can expect to lose points. (40 points)
  • The application of tools is technically correct and helps make the story clear to outsiders. Here, your instructors are looking at the tools you applied for the problem. Were the tools used correctly and for a purpose that meets the need of the A3 section/box? Tools that are incomplete or don’t apply are subject to losing points. (15 points)
  • Evidence of two experiments. Use of a simple table to plan experiments (like on slide #12) and use of a simple table (like on slide #12) to demonstrate what you anticipated happening in each experiment and the actual outcome of each of those experiments. Additional photos are welcome in addition to the table. You are required to learn through experimentation. (10 points)