A3 Thinking and the Art of Thinking Clearly

Professional Development Event
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A3 Thinking and the Art of Thinking Clearly

Event Details:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 06:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Networking & Snacks: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Presentation: 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Venue: Room 1B at the Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa. ON. K2G 5K7. Click here for Map & Directions.

What you need to know?

  • Beverages and snacks at the event
  • Registration Fees: $10.00 (In person, Come to network)
  • ASQ Recertification Units: 0.3


Shamir Doshi is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Senior member of the ASQ. Shamir has been studying and practicing the principles of Deming, the Toyota Production System and Lean for the past 7 years with some of Ottawa’s most innovative and top employers.

Executive Summary:

This month the Ottawa ASQ Chapter Team introduces Problem Solving using the Toyota method of A3 Thinking.

This month we introduce a successful team based problem solving approach called A3. Attendees will learn about effective problem-solving, how to think clearly about problems and why it is important to use an objective problem-solving method. Toyota Motor Company uses the A3 tool to communicate issues and to clarify problems. Shamir will show us how he has used the method to help teams avoid the common pitfalls of groupthink and other cognitive biases that could lead to wrong conclusions, being satisfied with soft solutions and inaction on high priority risks. With a solid problem solving method, it is possible to work critical issues objectively, get accountability to take action, and prevent recurrence. A3 problem solving is an excellent approach to raise standards of productivity, quality and employee engagement in organizations. Attendees will also learn how it can apply to areas outside of manufacturing as well, including construction, software development, biomedical and health care.


The Ottawa Chapter of the American Society of Quality is dedicated to improving the quality of organizations throughout Ottawa. By developing our members through professional development events, we create healthier, productive workplaces that lead to excellent products and services. In this way we align with the Library’s Vision to build a better community and transform lives. And, we also align with the Library’s mission to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people! The library is committed to promoting their reach and value in Ottawa. By promotion of the principles of Quality in a setting that shares our values, we feel we will be more effective in creating value for a better community.

Attendees will be able to network and will be able to interact with the speaker during a Q&A session, after the presentation.

About the speaker:

Shamir Doshi is a Senior Manufacturing Engineer with Gastops LTD.in Ottawa, Ontario. He is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Senior member of the ASQ. Shamir is currently the Vice-Chair and Programs Chair for the Ottawa Valley Chapter. He also likes to write blogs for the ASQ Ottawa Newsletter.
He can be reached at: 8doshi@gmail.com


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