Q: How much observation is needed before a 3P?
A: We have standard work for the six-week planning period that leads up to the 3P workshop week. As part of this planning period, we make observations of the current-state process flows and space challenges. Data collection is most intense during the start of the six-week planning cycle and then typically tapers off by the final week leading up to the 3P. We encourage those who are observing to allocate at least 50 percent of their time to do so. As part of the observation process, current state value stream maps are developed, along with demand data, opportunity data, market demographics, and patient and staff experience.