Lean Management Principles for Information Technology

1st Edition

Gerhard J. Plenert

CRC Press
Published July 28, 2011
Reference - 368 Pages - 112 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420078602 - CAT# AU7860
Series: Resource Management

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Summary

Whether it's because of a lack of understanding, poor planning, or a myriad of other things, 50 to 60 percent of the IT effort in most companies can be considered waste. Explaining how to introduce Lean principles to your IT functions to reduce and even eliminate this waste, Lean Management Principles for Information Technology provides the tools and understanding to make better decisions, increase efficiencies, and make IT a major force in delivering sustainable improvements to your supply chain.

The proven Toyota Production System principles described in this book have already helped many IT organizations double and triple their output. It introduces some of the most powerful Lean tools and techniques—including Six Sigma, value stream mapping, and spaghetti charting—and provides a methodology for implementing them to reduce waste in your IT environment. Discussing information production processes, IT systems, and change management through the lens of Lean principles, the book:

  • Provides step-by-step guidance through the processes of implementing Lean principles in your IT supply chain management system
  • Illustrates successful implementation across a range of industries and countries
  • Examines how to use Lean methods to achieve ongoing improvement in IT personnel
  • Explains how to implement Lean in the supply chain, while reducing IT cycle time and costs

The text reviews the major management challenges facing IT and illustrates solutions with stories, examples, and case studies of how Lean IT has led to unprecedented improvements in the private and government sectors. Demonstrating how to structure the components of your IT system in accordance with Lean, the book details the measures required to achieve and sustain a world-class Lean IT supply chain management system.

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