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Steve Bell

Steve Bell

Co-Founder, Author, LEI Faculty Member, Digital Lean Strategies, LLC and Lean4NGO

Steve Bell is a pioneer of Lean IT and Lean Digitization, applying principles and practices through a method-agnostic approach, drawing on a variety of disciplines— including Lean, Six Sigma, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, DevOps, Lean Startup, Kata, Design Thinking, ITSM, Visual Management (Obeya), and Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) —as appropriate to the culture and situation, to coach and support leaders to develop high-performance practices and organizational learning capabilities. He is the author of Lean IT, Run Grow Transform, Lean Enterprise Systems, and numerous other published works. In 2011 Steve was awarded the Shingo Prize for Research and Professional Publication. His career spans the evolution of enterprise-wide information technology, with hands-on experience in continuous improvement and innovation across most industries.

Steve and his partner Karen Whitely Bell are co-founders of Digital Lean Strategies, LLC (formerly Lean IT Strategies). Together they have co-authored numerous articles, and recently contributed a chapter on high performance management to Accelerate: The Science Behind DevOps, by Jez Humble, Gene Kim, and Nicole Forsgren PhD. They are currently working on their next book, on the Digital Lean Enterprise.

They are also co-founders of Lean4NGO (LinkedIn Group “Lean Thinking for NGOs and Nonprofits) whose mission is to make Lean Thinking accessible to humanitarian aid organizations, improving NGO operational efficiency (use of scarce resources) and effectiveness (improved outcomes) to benefit the three billion people living at the "bottom of the pyramid" on less than $2 a day.

Articles by Steve Bell
Lean & Scrum: Complementary Methods with a Shared Lineage
Lean coach Steve Bell shares his thoughts on Jeff Sutherland's presentation at the Lean IT Summit earlier this month in Paris. More »
A Simple Question Without An Easy Answer
Our understanding of Lean (and how best to talk about what it is with others) evolves over time, just like our capability to practice it. More »
Talking Lean with a Neuroscientist
How do we turn large, complicated, risky projects into catalysts for learning and innovation? Lean IT expert Steve Bell reflects on this question after an unexpected conversation with a neuroscientist. More »
The Virtue of Small Data
"Small Data can be found everywhere, with every customer transaction and interaction," writes LEI faculty member and Lean IT expert Steve Bell. "It is derived from a small population that resembles the larger population and is valid for use in small experiments (kaizen) to drive improvement and spark innovation.  " More »
Innovation Through Customer Collaboration
Lean Enterprise Institute faculty member Steve Bell shows you how to examine and improve your activities for learning the Voice of the Customer. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Five: Measurement - Finding Our True North
In the fifth article of a five-part series on Lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell addresses measurement. Part One begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. And Part Four examines leadership and IT governance.    More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Four: The Lean Learning Leader
In the fourth article of a five-part series on Lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell addresses leadership and IT governance. Part One begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. And Part Five explains how to measure business-IT Value. More »
Lean business-IT integration, Part Three: What is an integrated business-it value stream?
In this, the third article in a five part series on lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell explores the fundamentals of integrating business and IT. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Two: Obstacles to Value-Stream Transformation
In this, the second of a five part series, LEI faculty member Steve Bell offers a framework to help overcome the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three will examine how to integrate the various IT communities. Part Four addresses the management and governance of this new approach. And Part Five explains how to measure business-IT Value. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part One: Who Wants to Go Talk to IT About This One?
In this, the first of a five part series, LEI faculty member Steve Bell begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. Part Four addresses the management and governance of this new approach. And Part Five explains how to measure  business-IT value.  Bell is the author of Lean Enterprise Systems: Using IT for Continuous Improvement(Wiley, 2006) and co-author ofLean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation (Productivity Press, 2010) which received the 2011 Shingo Prize for Research More »
What Is Information Waste?
Excess information -- in our inboxes, hard drives, shared drives, intranet sites, data warehouses, etc.  , -- is waste. This unnecesssary "inventory" causes congestion, delays, inefficiency, errors, and rework, note Steve Bell and Mike Orzen in Lean IT. In this excerpt from their book, the authors offer exampes of info waste and advice on identifying and eliminating it. More »
Lean IT in the Cloud
In this excerpt from their book Lean IT, the authors examine what affect lean concepts could have on cloud computing. More »
Lean IT as a Factory?
Lean IT authors Steve Bell and Mike Orzen comment on a study by McKinsey & Company that 64% of executives are currently deploying Lean IT (Lean techniques applied to information and information systems) in some manner.    More »
Books by Steve Bell
Lean IT Lean IT
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. More »