Problem Solving using the (P)lan-(D)o-(C)heck-(A)djust A3 approach


The ability to solve problems both at a technical and business level has been identified as one of the key skills expected of professionals by employers striving for continuous improvement. Finding creative and innovative solutions to problems in a complex and uncertain environment can be challenging and time consuming. The Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) approach, coupled with the use of the A3 template, has been adopted as the problem solving approach of choice across a wide range of industries. 

The aim of this course is to develop more effective problem solvers, using a systematic problem solving approach and a clear way to communicate the thinking behind the process.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course  participants should be able to


  • Identify the nature of problems
  • Distinguish between problem-focused and solution-focused  thinking
  • Use the PDCA approach to problem solving
  • Apply relevant tools to each stage of the PDCA process
  • Produce an A3 report to communicate and document the thinking behind the process

This workshop qualifies as 12 CPD/IPD hours and is relevant for Engineering Council (UK-SPEC) registration as contributing to Competence A2 for:

  • Incorporated Engineer level viz. use a sound evidence-based approach to problem-solving and contribute to continuous improvement .
  • Chartered Engineer level viz. engage in the creative and innovative development of engineering technology and continuous improvement systems.

Refreshments available at 9.30am, course starts promptly at 10.00am.

Event Information

Eventbrite - Course title	Problem Solving using the (P)lan-(D)o-(C)heck-(A)djust _ A3 approach

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
06/06/2017 - 07/06/2017

Tues 10:00 - 17:30
Wed 10:00 - 17:30

£600 + VAT for Members
£800 + VAT for Non-Members

The Institution of Structural Engineers International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS

Vincent Danoher

Event Contact
Peter Washer

Event Contact Email

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