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.
Table of contents
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
Table of Contents
- 1 Lean Primer for IT Professionals
2 The Transformation Framework
The Lean IT House
- Problem Solving
- Culture of Accountability
- The First Pillar: Associates—Where Value Is Created
- The Second Pillar: Leadership—Where Alignment Is Cultivated
- Visual Management
- Let’s Get Started! Your Roadmap
- 3 The Importance of Purpose
- 4 Day Zero
- 5 The Paradox of Process
6 Problem-Solving Scientists
- What Is a Problem?
Who Wants to Be a Scientist?
- Plan–Do–Check–Adjust (PDCA)
- Your Brain on A3
- The A3 Template
- The A3 in Action
- Why Thinking Is Less Important Than Behavior!
7 Everything Is Visible
- Making the Invisible Visible
- The Visual Journey
- Creating a Common Understanding
- Drawing Leadership to the Gemba
- Driving Accountability and Continuous Improvement
- Walk before You Run
- “Uncommon” Visual Management
- Additional Visual Elements for the Model Line
- Standard Work for Visual Management
- Visual Management Wrap-Up
8 Why Management (Still) Matters
- Leading with Respect
- The Coach in You—A Reflective Journey
9 Sustain Your Progress
- Building for the Long Term
- The Five-Part Sustainability System
- Sustainability Wrap-Up
10 The Importance of Strategic Alignment
- What Is Strategy Deployment?
- A Path to Implementation
- This Isn’t Easy!
- So What Does It Look Like in Practice?
- Why Not Talk about Strategy Sooner?
- What about Major Strategic Breakthroughs?
- Central Nervous System—The Power of Alignment
- 11 Engineering Excellence
- 12 Continue the Journey
- Title: The Lean IT Field Guide
- Release date: November 2017
- Publisher(s): Productivity Press
- ISBN: 9781351105842
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