A3 management is a structured way of running a business. A3 management focuses on using a scientific approach to problem solvingthat creates a learning organization.
It is imperative that the focus of the problem solving efforts stays on the process, and not on people. A3 management requires a level of openness about discussing problems that is hard to achieve. If people on the team feel that A3 management is going to get them in trouble, they will be resistant to answering questions candidly.
A3 management uses a form called the A3 report to communicate ideas.
A3 management was popularized by Toyota, and is one of the reasons that the car maker’s Toyota Production System is so frequently emulated.