Lean IT – Steven Bell and Mike Orzen

Winner of a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

Information Technology is supposed to enable business performance and innovation, improve service levels, manage change, and maintain quality and stability, all while steadily reducing operating costs. Yet when an enterprise begins a Lean transformation, too often the IT department is either left out or viewed as an obstacle. What is to be done? Winner of a 2011 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, 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.

Praise for:

...will have a permanent place in my bookshelf.
―Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc.

... provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success.
―Steve Castellanos, Lean Enterprise Director, Nike, Inc.

Twenty years from now the firms which dominate their industries will have fully embraced Lean strategies throughout their IT organizations.
―Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational

… a great survival manual for those needing nimble and adaptive systems.
―Dr. David Labby, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Support and Innovation, CareOregon

… makes a major contribution in an often-ignored but much-needed area.
―John Bicheno, Program Director MS in Lean Operations, Cardiff University

… a comprehensive view into the world of Lean IT, a must read!
―Dave Wilson, Quality Management, Oregon Health & Science University


Lean Enterprise by Jez Humble and Joanne Molesky

How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale—and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.

Through case studies, you’ll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it’s vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation.

  • Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional management practices
  • Approach problem-solving experimentally, by exploring solutions, testing assumptions, and getting feedback from real users
  • Lead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees, increases the speed and quality of delivery, and lowers costs
  • Learn how to implement ideas from the DevOps and Lean Startup movements even in complex, regulated environments

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.