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Lean IT Workshop Helps CIOs, IT Managers, Software Developers, Understand Their Roles in Continuous Improvement Efforts

The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) will present the workshop Lean IT on February 6, 2013, in San Francisco, CA, to help companies align information technology practices with lean management efforts.

The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, 555 North Point Street. Complete details about workshop content, instructors, discounts, and registration, are available by emailing the LEI registrar at registrar@lean.org, by calling 617-871-2900, or by by visiting the workshop page at: https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=115&WorkshopId=52

Lean IT Topics

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

Sustainable information systems improvement and innovation cannot be achieved by technology alone, according to Steve Bell, workshop facilitator and co-author of Lean IT (Productivity Press). 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 transformations
  • What is lean software development and lean project management
  • 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 $800 workshop tuition includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

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, PhD, as a nonprofit research, education, publishing, and conference company with a mission to advance lean thinking around the world. We teach courses, hold management seminars, write and publish books and workbooks, and organize public and private conferences. We use the surplus revenues from these activities to conduct research projects and support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Network. Visit LEI at https://www.lean.org for more information.