Jamie Flinchbaugh wrote a fantastic post called Grabbing the A3 Tool from the Toolbox for the Industry Week’s Best Plants conference on A3 problem solving.
I like his take on writing the target condition. He states “This is not the result you would achieve; this is how you will change the work in order to get the result. We don’t just want to uncover solutions to problems, we want to design the work to create a new and better reality. Bad systems beat good people, and our job is to change the system.”
The rest of his article is worth reading to help get a sense of your purpose for using A3s. Are you using it as just another tool or as a method to get Lean thinking at all levels of your organization?
My 2009 Hansei: Scarcity inspires creativity and innovation. How can I help harness that inspiration?