The Lean IT Field Guide: A Roadmap for Your Transformation

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How many IT books have you read that are long on theory and short on practical application? They are interesting, but not very impactful. They provide a framework from which to think and understand, but lack a process from which to act. Addressing this urgent need for the IT community, The Lean IT Field Guide explains how to initiate, execute, and sustain a lean IT transformation.

Illuminating a clear path to lean IT, the authors integrate more than two decades of combined experience to provide you with a proven method for creating and sustaining a true lean IT workplace. This field guide not only highlights the organizational techniques of more agile and lean processes, but also the leadership work required to help management adopt these new approaches.

Based on proven methods from different industries, including banking, manufacturing, insurance, food and beverage, and logistics, the book details a clear model that covers all the components you need to achieve and sustain a favorable work environment and culture in support of lean IT.

Filled with anecdotes and case studies from actual businesses, the book includes pictures, templates, and examples that illustrate the application of the lean methods discussed.
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Michael A. Orzen, MBA, has a consulting and coaching career spanning more than 20 years. He received the BA degree in economics from Stanford University and the MBA degree in finance and management from the University of Oregon. He has gathered a unique blend of lean, IT, finance, and operations experience, which he uses to coach organizations in their pursuit of enterprise excellence. His personable approach and people-first philosophy have inspired leaders and empowered workforces to successfully apply conscious awareness, lean, and enterprise excellence practices in many complex work environments.

He is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Lean IT—Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation (CRC Press, 2011), and recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. He holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Oregon. Mike teaches with the Lean Enterprise Institute, the Shingo Institute, and The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business.

Thomas A. Paider, MBOE, is an IT executive for Nationwide, a Fortune 100 insurance and financial services company. He received his BS degree in business administration from Ohio Dominican University and his master’s degree in business operational excellence from the Ohio State University. His teams work across Nationwide to foster Lean thinking and improve software development capability. He is also a Lean coach in the Masters in Business Operational Excellence program at The Ohio State University.

Tom is the cofounder of the IT Leadership Network at the Center for Operational Excellence at The Ohio State University, a partnership between industry and academic leaders focused on helping member companies collaborate and sustain their Lean journeys. Tom has consulted with dozens of companies, ranging from startups to large enterprises, on their Lean transformations.

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Publisher
CRC Press
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Published on
Oct 14, 2015
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Pages
183
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ISBN
9781498730419
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Quality Control
Business & Economics / Workplace Culture
Computers / Information Technology
Computers / Networking / General
Technology & Engineering / Manufacturing
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Praise for:

...will have a permanent place in my bookshelf.
—Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc.

... provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success.
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—Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational

... a great survival manual for those needing nimble and adaptive systems.
—Dr. David Labby, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Support and Innovation, CareOregon

... makes a major contribution in an often-ignored but much-needed area.
—John Bicheno, Program Director MS in Lean Operations, Cardiff University

... a comprehensive view into the world of Lean IT, a must read!
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Winner of a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

Information Technology is supposed to enable business performance and innovation, improve service levels, manage change, and maintain quality and stability, all while steadily reducing operating costs. Yet when an enterprise begins a Lean transformation, too often the IT department is either left out or viewed as an obstacle. What is to be done? Winner of a 2011 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, this book shares practical tips, examples, and case studies to help you establish a culture of continuous improvement to deliver IT operational excellence and business value to your organization.

Praise for:

...will have a permanent place in my bookshelf.
—Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc.

... provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success.
—Steve Castellanos, Lean Enterprise Director, Nike, Inc.

Twenty years from now the firms which dominate their industries will have fully embraced Lean strategies throughout their IT organizations.
—Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational

... a great survival manual for those needing nimble and adaptive systems.
—Dr. David Labby, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Support and Innovation, CareOregon

... makes a major contribution in an often-ignored but much-needed area.
—John Bicheno, Program Director MS in Lean Operations, Cardiff University

... a comprehensive view into the world of Lean IT, a must read!
—Dave Wilson, Quality Management, Oregon Health & Science University

Winner of a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

Information Technology is supposed to enable business performance and innovation, improve service levels, manage change, and maintain quality and stability, all while steadily reducing operating costs. Yet when an enterprise begins a Lean transformation, too often the IT department is either left out or viewed as an obstacle. What is to be done? Winner of a 2011 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, this book shares practical tips, examples, and case studies to help you establish a culture of continuous improvement to deliver IT operational excellence and business value to your organization.

Praise for:

...will have a permanent place in my bookshelf.
—Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc.

... provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success.
—Steve Castellanos, Lean Enterprise Director, Nike, Inc.

Twenty years from now the firms which dominate their industries will have fully embraced Lean strategies throughout their IT organizations.
—Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational

... a great survival manual for those needing nimble and adaptive systems.
—Dr. David Labby, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Support and Innovation, CareOregon

... makes a major contribution in an often-ignored but much-needed area.
—John Bicheno, Program Director MS in Lean Operations, Cardiff University

... a comprehensive view into the world of Lean IT, a must read!
—Dave Wilson, Quality Management, Oregon Health & Science University

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