Here are some sequentially listed A3 project questions, borrowed from a project approach called A3. Therefore, these questions serve as a litmus test for determining the overall health of a project. Hence, the answers, or lack thereof, serve as leading indicators for subsequent meeting focus and areas of exploration by the facilitator.

Consequently, Use the Following A3 Project Questions

A3 Project Questions

A3 Project Questions

  1. (To what extent) can you clearly and succinctly define the “presenting problem”—the actual business issue that is being felt?
  2. (To what extent) can you show the gap between the target and the current condition?
  3. (To what extent) did you clarify the optimal business objectives?
  4. (To what extent) did you isolate the root cause(s) of the main components of the gap?
  5. (To what extent) did you uncover the substantive (ie, most meaningful) information to support the analysis?
  6. (To what extent) have you identified the real problem?
  7. How did you decide to tackle this problem?
  8. How will you capture and share the learning?
  9. How will you decide which countermeasures to propose?
  10. How will you get agreement from everyone concerned?
  11. How will you know if your countermeasures work?
  12. To what extent have you engaged other people?
  13. To what extent have you gathered and verified facts-not just data and anecdotes-to clearly understand the current state?
  14. What are some possible countermeasures?
  15. What are the root causes of the problem?
  16. What do you actually know and how do you know it?
  17. What follow-up issues can you anticipate?
  18. What is the business context?
  19. What is the problem or issue?
  20. What is the problem?
  21. What is your implementation plan—who, what, when, where, and how?
  22. What problems may occur during implementation?
  23. Who is responsible for this issue?
  24. Who owns the problem?
  25. Who owns the process for addressing the problem (or realizing the opportunity or managing the project)?

Therefore, borrow or modify the A3 questions to develop richer insight into the health of your project.

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Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

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