We believe that “Lean Thinking” should be an integral part of every Enterprise IT organization and also every IT professional’s toolkit.
Lean thinking is about understanding how to assess business processes, to identify and eliminate waste. Today, many IT professionals stakeholders from cross-functional areas -operational, tactical and strategic — have or are planning to get certified in Lean IT with the objective of reducing waste and improving efficiency.
Lean IT Foundation helps IT organizations to ensure that they provide their customers with the best possible services. Through understanding customer value, the processes that deliver this value, the way to manage performance, the way to organize and the required attitude and behaviour, IT organizations are helped to develop a continuous improvement mind-set. Lean IT is complementary to all other best practice methods.
Any manager or specialist working in an IT organization can benefit from the insights provided by the qualification.
The principles underlying the Lean philosophy
Kaizen is the Japanese word for continuous improvement using small incremental changes. It translates as change for the better. Kai means change, Zen means for the better. Kaizen is an approach for solving problems and forms the basis of incremental continual improvement in organizations. A problem is a difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen means continuous improvement involving everyone, managers and workers alike, every day and everywhere, providing structure to process improvement.
The Lean IT Kaizen is someone who is involved with a Lean improvement project that could be at any level of the IT organization, in any ‘department’.
Lean IT Leadership builds on the basic knowledge acquired through the Lean IT Foundation. Lean IT Leadership focuses on ensuring that people fulfilling a leadership role within a Lean IT organization know what they need to do to help to develop it to a Lean IT organization. The role may be carried out in a formal or informal capacity. People following the Lean IT Leadership curriculum can benefit substantially from first understanding the Lean IT Kaizen role. One of the core tasks of Lean IT Leadership is driving and teaching continuous improvement, and the tools for this task are discussed in detail in the Lean IT Kaizen.
The Lean IT Leader is someone who is committed to ensuring that the IT organization embraces Lean principles and operational excellence as its way of operating, and can be at any level of the organization in any ‘department’.