The A3 – ‘The idea that less is more’
The simple A3 paper size - in the US we use 11”x17” – has become the go to instrument on Lean projects for design solution development and reporting, retrospectives, project dashboards and even proposals.
A3 and the Learning Organization
Within the context of project teams, A3s tend to be development and decision-making instruments specific to a particular project. As many have likely experienced, many of the problems solved and lessons learned on a project are not sufficiently captured and disseminated to others in a company.
A3 - Other Uses
While the A3 problem solving format combines the essentialism of fitting the most pertinent information into a single A3 or 11x17 format with a standardized approach to solving problems, the paper size has also found use in other key approaches on projects.