A3 Problem Solving Template

A3 Thinking is a logical and structured approach to problem solving adopted by Lean organizations around the world. It allows to focus on the real issues while helping the team collaborate to gain deeper insight into problems. It is aligned with and supports the PDCA management philosophy.

The A3 Template provides a simple and consistent approach to problem solving using the logical thinking process. It is an effective way in bringing together many of the problem solving methods under one umbrella. It makes the problem solving progress visible to the entire team while allowing the lessons to be learned by others. It is composed of a sequence of sections that fit together on the standard A3-size papers.

This template is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that you can use and modify to meet your specific needs. It can easily be modified to include additional sections or modify headers and spacing as needed. You may for example increase the number of rows and thus the size of the implementation plan or the follow-up plan. It comes in two different variations, one that is simple and more user friendly, and another that requires to provide more detailed information.

If you have any difficulties customizing this template or you lack time to do so, we will be happy to perform the customization for you. Let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to serve you. Please help us to make this template better by providing us with your comments and suggestions.