# What is A3 Problem Solving Method?

## What is A3 Problem Solving Method?

The A3 process allows groups of people to actively collaborate on the purpose, goals, and strategy of a project. It encourages in-depth problem solving throughout the process and adjusting as needed to ensure that the project most accurately meets its intended goal.

## Does size of envelope affect postage?

Different postage prices apply to postcards, letters, large envelopes (flats), and parcels. In general, the bigger your mailpiece, the more it will cost to mail.

Is postage more for large envelopes?

Large Mailpieces & Envelopes If a mailpiece exceeds the maximum length, height, or thickness, it will be charged at the next higher price and mailpiece category.

### What is A3 approach?

A3 problem solving is a structured problem-solving and continuous-improvement approach, first employed at Toyota and typically used by lean manufacturing practitioners. It provides a simple and strict procedure that guides problem solving by workers.

### How do you write a problem statement for A3?

An A3 problem solving report is usually structured as follows:

1. PROBLEM STATEMENT. State the problem you want to address in one or two sentences.
2. CURRENT STATE.
3. FUTURE STATE.
4. ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS.
5. DETERMINE COUNTERMEASURES.
6. IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.
7. EVALUATION OF RESULTS AND PROCESS.
8. FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS.

Does an envelope have to be flat?

A mailpiece must be flat-size or larger, if rigid, or over 3/4″ thick to be classified and priced as a package (parcel). For padded bags (e.g., ReadyPost ® “cushion mailer”), when the thickness is 3/4″ or less and the item is flat-size and somewhat flexible, the item should be classified and priced as a large envelope.

#### Is there a size limit on envelopes?

To be eligible for mailing at the price for letters, a piece must be: Rectangular. At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick. No more than 6-1/8 inches high x 11-1/2 inches long x 1/4 inch thick.

#### Can an envelope be too thick?

Length + girth (distance around the thickest part of the package) cannot exceed 130 inches. Letters: maximum thickness 1/4 inch. Large Envelopes: maximum thickness 3/4 inch.

When should I use an A3?

A3 problem solving reports are best served for problems that are complex, that cross organizational boundaries, or are ones that “we’ve been working on for years”. A3s can be strategic in support of strategy deployment (hoshin kanri) or can be focused on a complex organizational problem – as show in the image here.

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