I am always looking for inspiration to improve myself, my work and my processes. A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine caused a bright light bulb to go off. The colleague mentioned developing an A3 to show the progress of learning for the people I am teaching and coaching.
A3s are used for solving problems, developing proposals and everything else. Why not for laying out a plan to show what people are expected to learn during a project or coaching session. Layout a standard or plan so expectations and progress becomes visible.
My colleague provided me with a format to go about developing an A3 for the learning to transfer to the person being taught. Right away it made my thoughts clearer. It allowed me to communicate easier what I was hoping the person would learn over the next year and how I expected to get them there. We were able to have a good discussion about expectations and a plan to get to the target. Now we have something to use as a guide when we meet. The plan also helps me ask better questions when we meet.
I plan on doing more and more learning A3s. It is something I can also use before a kaizen event. Layout what I would like the team to learn while improving the business. There is no better way to learn then teach something and apply it right away on something that is a problem for you and then reflect. A kaizen event is setup to do that perfectly.
A3s….it’s not just for business problems.