Compiled by: Vincent Blijleven
Lean IT Partnering
Lean, as a philosophy, has been around for quite some time, predominantly in the manufacturing domain. Since the 1990s Lean management provides organizations with a proven way to achieve superior performance by focusing on customer value, innovation and productivity. Lean allows organizations to specify what value is from a customer perspective, enable customers to pull the value from a supply chain and optimize all value-creating activities in the supply chain while eliminating activities that do not, thereby achieving perfection in all steps of end-to-end processes.
In their book Lean IT in 2010, Steven Bell and Michael Orzen comprehensively addressed the implementation of Lean in an IT environment, thereby making an extension from manufacturing to IT. The authors showed that Lean can indeed provide similar and significant opportunities to do more with less, while achieving higher levels of productivity, quality, customer satisfaction and as a result, competitive advantage.
Many large users of Information Technology (IT) have outsourced or co-sourced their IT supply and management services to professional IT service providers. Strategic sourcing models for IT and crafting strategic IT partnerships for the supply, management and use of IT have evolved over time and have reached a satisfactory maturity level. At the same time, many IT sourcing relationships have become strategic in terms of intent and importance.
But what about strategic IT sourcing and applying the Lean philosophy in such strategic relationships? The amount of documented, analyzed and evaluated successful examples of how Lean can be applied in IT partnerships, in particular emphasizing the inter-organizational dimension rather than solely highlighting the intra-organizational dimension, is scarce. Managers who intend to embark on a Lean IT partnering journey unfortunately lack any reference material available to guide them in implementing Lean on an IT partnership level.
This book addresses this deficiency by presenting the results of six IT partnerships studied in which Lean is applied. Accordingly, it presents experienced barriers and drivers for victory, provides lessons learned through the lens of expert practitioners, and postulates suitable guidelines for successful Lean IT partnerships. Among these guidelines are:
Target Audience and Scope
Courageous people who intend to lead the challenging task of Lean transformation in IT partnerships should read this book to gain a thorough understanding of the success factors, barriers and lessons learned of implementing Lean in IT partnerships, based on six actual case studies. The results are described on an operational, tactical and strategic level.
Title: Lean IT Partnering (english version)
Authors: Vincent Blijleven & Yiwei Gong & Han van der Zee
Price: € 29,95 (VAT excl.)
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