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Lean Information Technology Training Directed at Professionals in Continuous Improvement and IT Departments

The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) will present the workshop Lean IT to help companies align information technology practices with lean management efforts. The workshop will run September 18, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis.

Sustainable improvement and innovation in information systems cannot be achieved by technology alone, according to Michael Orzen, workshop facilitator and co-author of Lean IT (Productivity Press, Sept. 2010). He said the lean IT journey depends on continuously improving people, processes, and technology, in that order.

Key topics covered by the workshop include:

• What lean IT is and how it sustains enterprise-wide lean transformation

• How to identify and address information waste

• How IT operational excellence, lean software development, and lean project management contribute to a rapid learning organization

• How IT can leverage strategy deployment and lean management systems to lock in improvements

The full-day workshop is designed to show professionals in both the IT and continuous improvement organizations how the IT team can be a valuable partner in a lean transformation and in creating more value for customers.

Pricing and Discounts

The $800 workshop fee includes tuition, training materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Complete details about content, instructors, discounts, special room rates, and registration are at: https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=71&WorkshopId=52, by calling 617- 871-2900, or emailing registrar(at)lean(dot)org .

What is Lean?

The terms lean manufacturing, lean production, or lean management refer to a complete business system for organizing and managing product development, operations, suppliers, customer relations, and the overall enterprise. It requires less capital, material, space, time, or human effort to produce products and services with fewer defects to precise customer desires, compared with traditional modern management.

Toyota pioneered lean management as a complete business system after World War II. During the late 1980s, a research team headed by Womack at MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program coined the term “lean” to describe Toyota’s system.

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Lean Enterprise Institute

Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. was founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., as a nonprofit research, education, publishing, and conference company with a mission to advance lean thinking around the world. The Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit conducts research projects and supports other lean initiatives such as the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Network.