Lean Strategy: Use the A3, or the X-Matrix?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on August 19, 2011 · 3 comments

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In this installment of the Lean Strategy Video Series, we’ll talk about a template used in the concept of Hoshin Kanri called the “X Matrix“. While companies starts their effort to Hoshin Kanri, o lot is put in the emphasis of the X-matrix. While most people want to start with the X-Matrix, the A3 is a better tool to start with.

Show Notes and Approximate Time:

  • 00:19 …Hoshin Kanri which is essentially a Japanese phrase or a lean phrase even, in Japanese, around really policy deployment or strategy building.
  • 00:32 ..this (X Matrix) is a very specific template that has a lot of saddle nature to how its use that really start to connect resources, to the method, to the business conditions that you’re trying to influence.
  • 00:54 My recommendation is this, don’t worry about the X-Matrix. Focus instead on, also another lean tool, as the A3.
  • 01:16 Use the A3 form to really develop those very specific tactical plan.


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