How to Use an A3 Report

What is an A3 An A3 is more than an 11 x 17 inch piece of paper that is structured into several sections and not all A3’s are created equal. An A3 is a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, first employed at Toyota and typically used by Lean manufacturing practitioners. What your A3 looks like depends Read more about How to Use an A3 Report[…]






TPS Report

TPS Report

After my little diatribe titled “Project Management Theater” I had a few days to think about the less than stellar status report provided by the vendor to my customer.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized the vendor did nothing to meet the unique customer needs.  The attitude was Well, you asked for a status report. Read more about TPS Report[…]






Free Project Team Organization Worksheet

Today I’m going to write about (and provide) a free Project Team Organization worksheet to complement the Project Charter Template so many have downloaded. Both files are free for download, modification, and distribution. [Team Organization Worksheet] [Project Charter Template] When using the Project Team Organization worksheet, note that there are 4 sections:  Structure, Roles and Read more about Free Project Team Organization Worksheet[…]






Free Work Breakdown Structure Worksheet

As I look at the logs of the Critical Path website, I notice a trend for what people are searching.  Most visitors coming to this site are searching for project management related templates and worksheets.  If there is one thing I try to instill in other project managers, it is listen to your customers!  That Read more about Free Work Breakdown Structure Worksheet[…]






Free Project Initiation Worksheet

When you are about to initiate a new project, you should capture the basics of project information.  If you don’t, you’re walking into a minefield.  Even before you write up a charter, you should be able to answer the following: Problem (or Opportunity) Statement – Describe the business reason(s) for initiating the project, specifically stating Read more about Free Project Initiation Worksheet[…]