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Lean Project Repository

Dr. Vivian Lee, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC), initiated a program in 2013 to encourage adoption of Lean throughout the enterprise. Leaders from around UUHC were trained by the School of Business and then commissioned to identify problems and recruit teams to frame the problems, develop and implement solutions, and report on the financial and other impacts.

Lean is not a single methodology, but rather a set of principles and techniques for process improvement. These strategies center on maximizing value to the user and minimizing wastes or inefficiencies in time, effort, talent, or money.

To learn more about Lean at UUHC, read the blog post by Dr. Vivian S. Lee.

One outcome of Lean projects are A3 templates. The UUHC project A3 templates have been collected and are presented here for you to use and apply. We welcome you to submit an A3 template to this repository if you have completed a Lean project, regardless of your institution.

This is the first in a series of content created at the University of Utah Health Sciences and shared by the Eccles Health Sciences Library. The site is currently under development. We would love your feedback and ideas for additional content; please email Melissa Rethlefsen.

What is an A3 template?

An A3 report is on an 11 x 17 inch piece of paper outlined in structured sections. The structure depends upon the type of A3 and the needs of the situation.

An A3 often consists of these sections:

  1. Background
  2. Current Situation & Problem
  3. Goal
  4. Root Cause Analysis
  5. Action Items / Implementation Plan
  6. Check of Results
  7. Follow Up

The report is used to standardized and simplify report writing, proposals, status updates, and other communication.

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