White Paper: Practical Applications of LEAN IT
The business landscape is littered with discarded business improvement and process optimization methodologies: trends that were once red-hot then rejected, like yesterday’s fashions, in favor of the next big thing.
The concepts behind Lean, however, have proven to be an enduring and powerful method for helping organizations create more value for their customer and, in turn, for themselves. Lean is simply about continuously improving the processes that bring value to customers.
LEAN CONCEPTS IN IT
Today, IT is responsible for a large share of the value an organization offers to customers. But it has also become complex, cumbersome and inefficient. How, then, can Lean help?
The first paper in this two-part series, “The Promise of Lean IT,” explores the broad concepts of Lean and how they can apply to IT. In this second paper, we’ll look at translating Lean terms and concepts into processes, tools and technologies you may already be familiar with. Understanding how emerging IT practices and tools relate to the principles of Lean can help you understand the intent and value of these new practices, and help you develop a more comprehensive Lean strategy.
Your IT organization is probably undertaking Lean initiatives already, but with a little exploration you’ll find many more places there for Lean concepts and techniques.
Let’s take a look at some of the parallel concepts that exist. It is important to note that Lean also encompasses concepts beyond those included in this paper. In addition, there is not a one-to-one relationship with these concepts; in fact, it is likely that one topic will have several correlations. The definitions of the Lean concepts included here are adapted from the Lean Lexicon.