Lean IT is an extension of Lean Principles, applied in an IT environment.
Lean IT is the extension of lean manufacturing and the application of lean services principles to the development and management of IT products and services.
We help clients drive higher quality and productivity by taking IT infrastructure, application development, and maintenance work practices and moving them toward a set of consistent standards that drive increased efficiency and the elimination of waste.
Application of these principles has helped clients increase productivity by 20-30% and decrease time-to-market by up to 35%.
In IT, value streams are the services provided by the IT function to the parent organization for use by government, customers, suppliers, employees, investors, regulators, and any other stakeholders.
Given Lean IT’s objective of reducing waste, where waste is work that adds no value to a product or service, IT services are secondary (i.e., subordinate or supportive) to business services. In this way, IT services are tributaries that feed and nourish the primary business service value streams. If an IT service is not contributing value to a business service, it is a source of waste. Such waste is typically exposed by value-stream mapping.