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Performance Management, Visual Management

A3 Thinking: a tool to support Strategic Planning

A3 Thinking is one of the simple tools often applied in Lean improvement and I’ve written about its use for PDCA Problem Solving. It’s simply a “project on a page” and is a great way to capture the key elements of an improvement journey from problem definition through to demonstration of benefits.

Another potential use is in developing Strategic and Business Plans. In this case, it can be structured around one of the well-known policy deployment approaches such as:

  • Objectives
  • Goals
  • Strategies
  • Measures

There are also opportunities to include visual management, for example with Roadmaps that show pictorially how the plan will be delivered and phased. I’ve created an example with guidance on how to use it (click on the image to download the pdf guide).


The key elements in my example are: Objectives which decompose into Goals; Start and End-state descriptions; Strategies; a Roadmap; KPIs and Targets.


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