Lean IT is the application of Lean principles to the management of information technology. Lean has its origins in manufacturing, as a collection of techniques to minimize defects and reduce waste. Then healthcare applied Lean concepts to their practices to help improve time to care. Lean also helped healthcare providers with minimizing potential errors on critical processes, as an error could literally be a life or death mistake. Lean principles also transfer nicely to IT management as we seek to minimize costs, maximize value, and improve flow.
The Lean IT Association (LITA) provides guidance and standards around the application of Lean principles to IT management. As outlined in the diagram below, the LITA certification scheme has three levels: Foundation, Practitioner, and Professional.
Get the essentials of Lean in this two-day course. The Lean IT Foundation module gives professionals a comprehensive introduction to Lean as applied to information technology, including:
- Lean concepts of waste, overburden, and variability
- Value streams, value stream mapping, flow, and pull
- Quality improvement with Plan-Do-Check-Act
- Customer identification and the Voice of the Customer
- The SIPOC model
- Identifying improvement metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs)
- Visual management and Kanban
- Problem solving with DMAIC, Ishikawa, 5 Whys, A3
Learn more about the Lean IT Foundation course and exam.
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