GA 173 | How to Use A3 Thinking with Katie Anderson

This week’s guest is Katie Anderson, a continuous improvement consultant and coach. Katie and Ron discussed Japanese culture and the versatility of A3 thinking. Katie also shared a “State of the Union” address on lean in the west. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The quote that inspires Katie (3:38)
  • Katie’s background (6:57)
  • What brought Katie to Japan (8:41)
  • The lessons Katie learned (10:18)
  • About an article Katie wrote (12:01)
  • What “intention” means to Katie (16:42)
  • Using A3 thinking (19:55)
  • Some examples (23:16)
  • A “State of the Union” on lean in the west (25:38)
  • What “Respect for People’ means to Katie (31:28)
  • The best advice Katie has ever received (32:36)
  • What Katie is most proud of (34:24)
  • Katie’s book recommendations (35:13)
  • The knowledge or skill area Katie wants to improve (36:10)
  • Katie’s final words of wisdom (38:11)

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