Information covered includes:
• The typical A3 approval process
• How the A3 aligns to the PDCA cycle
• Telling the A3 story
• Nemawashi – What is it and why it is so important to the A3 process
Steve Ansuini started working at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in 1987 in the Skilled Trades Development area with responsibility for the development of intermediate and advanced maintenance training.
In 1988 he developed the initial Office Lean and Maintenance Lean systems which were quickly deployed across Toyota plants globally. Like the TPS, Office and Maintenance Lean has continued to evolve and improve. From there he started the Suggestion System in 1989, supported Quality Circle deployment in 1990, and supported the Indiana, Alabama, Texas, and Mexico plant start-up activities by providing instructor development and TPS training and coaching.
His next assignment took him to the North American Production Support Center (NAPSC) also located in Georgetown, KY. His role included deployment of the Visual Manual to all North American Toyota affiliates, and chair of the NATQC Forum (North American Toyota Quality Circles).
He also provided training in the following areas: Job Instruction, Job Relations, Leader Coaching, Problem Solving, Quality Circle, Quality Circle Tools, Group Leader training, and NAPSC Visual Manual user support for North America (17 sites).