A3 Workshops and Learning Labs

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Please Note: Although we are not able to hold in-person workshops or learning labs, our problem solving has not stopped.  We are testing a virtual learning series using sharepoint, teams and online video coaching. Please contact us directly for more information! 

Registering for A3 Thinking 2-Day Workshops :

  • Goal: To support leaders with learning and practicing A3 Thinking
  • Who: UCSF and DPH Leaders nominated by supervisors to lead improvement work aligned with organizational priorities.  
  • What is required once you have enrolled:
    • Pre-Read Managing to Learn and Humble Inquiry 
    • Select an important, focused Problem with Supervisor
    • Attend BOTH Day #1 and Day #2 trainings (8-4:30, ~30 days apart
    • Attend two Learning Labs (1.5 hours each)
    • Complete mid- and post-workshop homework
    • One complete A3 Draft 30 days after Day #2
  • Features: Day 1 & 2 30 days apart, learning labs, workbooks, templates, tools, examples, 14.25 CME   
  • When: We generally offer six cohorts to 25 trainees each, divided three times per year
  • To add a leader to the wait list, submit this link:
    • Name: 
    • Role/Title/Dept: 
    • Proposed Problem: 
    • Sponsor: 

"Great mix of teaching, practice, small and large group discussions and support!"

"100% of attendees report I would recommend this course to a colleague."


How to Register for the A3 Learning Lab: 

  • Goal: To support your completion and implementation of A3 improvement plans 
  • Who: ZSFG and DPH Leaders familiar with A3 Thinking
  • What: Our KPO/QM Teams offers once to twice weekly Learning Labs (10:30-12, Wed,+/- Fridays) to support leaders familiar with A3s
  • Agenda: 1) Review A3 Thinking teaching (20 min), followed by coaching/practice/catchball of A3s (50 min)
  • Topics:
    • Background/Current Conditions/Problem Statements (toolbox: swimlanes, process maps)
    • Analysis (toolbox: fishbone, 5 whys problem trees, stratification, pareto)
    • Countermeasures  (toolbox: PICK charts)
    • PDSA  (toolbox: PDSA, Gantt charts) 
    • A3-Status Reports (see PIPS Labs)
  • To Sign up, please contact aldon.mendez@sfdph.org

“Incredibly valuable to have this time, and a personal coach helping to think it through!” - A3 Lab Attendee

For further information not answered here, please contact:

William Huen MD, MS, MPH

Associate Chief Medical Officer
Medical Director, Quality Management and Kaizen Promotion Office
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Medicine

Sharepoint (DPH/UCSF Outlook 365 Login): https://sfgov1.sharepoint.com/sites/DPH-ZSFGWay