More A3 Templates for Project Reports and Problem-Solving

A3 Problem Solving Template

A3 Problem Solving Template

A3 Report Template

A3 Report Template

Fishbone Diagram for Workflow Improvement

Fishbone Diagram for Workflow Improvement

5 Whys for DMAIC

5 Whys for DMAIC

A3 Strategic Planning Template

A3 Strategic Planning Template

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Guide and Best Practices

The A3 report, much like a storyboard, is a structured way to solve problems. It is also used to represent the critical project information in an easy-to-understand way. It enables quick decision-making when it comes to project planning and strategic planning.

How to create an A3 report

  • Identify the problem you need to find a solution for or the need you need to address. To understand it, study the current situation of the process.
  • Based on the observation, create a current-state process map. Then quantify the problem; for example you can count the number of times the error occurred, the percentage of failed customer deliveries etc.
  • Identify the root cause of the error. To do so you can either use a fishbone diagram or 5 whys diagram collaboratively with your team.
  • Once the root cause has been identified, come up with countermeasures to improve the process. Clearly define the actions you need to take, assign them to employees and set due dates.
  • What would the process be like once the solution has been applied? Create a future state process map to visualize the new process with solutions.
  • Create an implementation plan template that includes the actions steps you need to take to apply the changes. Also specify the roles responsible and the costs involved.
  • Share the implementation plan with the necessary stakeholders to get their approval before executing it. Once approved, go ahead.
  • Measure the results to see if you have been successful in achieving your target. If changes are still required, re-apply them and refine the process as necessary.

More templates and visual ideas for creating an A3 report

Startup lean canvas

Startup lean canvas

Dmaic Template

Dmaic Template

Action Plan Template

Action Plan Template

Basic Kanban Board

Basic Kanban Board

Basic Kanban Board With Prioritization

Basic Kanban Board With Prioritization

Strategic Action Plan Template

Strategic Action Plan Template