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Implement Lean Management Practices That Work

Increase transparency, alignment, team engagement, and customer satisfaction with a few simple Lean concepts.

  • Service delivery teams do not measure, or have difficulty demonstrating, the value they provide.
  • There is a lack of continuous improvement.
  • There is low morale within the IT teams leading to low productivity.

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Critical Insight

  • Create a problem-solving culture. Frequent problem solving is the differentiator between sustaining Lean or falling back to old management methods.
  • Commit to employee growth. Empower teams to problem solve and multiply your organizational effectiveness.

Impact and Result

  • Apply Lean management principles to IT to create alignment and transparency and drive continuous improvement and customer value.
  • Implement huddles and visual management.
  • Build team capabilities.
  • Focus on customer value.
  • Use metrics and data to make better decisions.
  • Systematically solve problems and improve performance.
  • Develop an operating rhythm to promote adherence to Lean.

Implement Lean Management Practices That Work Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out how a Lean management system can help you increase transparency, demonstrate value, engage your teams and customers, continuously improve, and create alignment.

1. Understand Lean concepts

Understand what a Lean management system is, review Lean philosophies, and examine simple Lean tools and activities.

2. Determine the scope of your implementation

Understand the implications of the scope of your Lean management program.

3. Design huddle board

Examine the sections and content to include in your huddle board design.

4. Design Leader Standard Work and operating rhythm

Determine the actions required by leaders and the operating rhythm.

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Guided Implementation 1: Understand Lean concepts
  • Call 1: What is Lean management?
  • Call 2: Review Lean philosophies and concepts.
  • Call 3: Review Lean tools and activities.

Guided Implementation 2: Determine the scope of your implementation
  • Call 1: Discuss challenges and advantages of scaling Lean management.

Guided Implementation 3: Design huddle board
  • Call 1: Discuss how to use the design canvas and visual design considerations.
  • Call 2: Determine details for each section.
  • Call 3: Identify problems and tasks.
  • Call 4: Evolve your board.

Guided Implementation 4: Design Leader Standard Work and operating rhythm
  • Call 1: Discuss typical activities of Leader Standard Work.
  • Call 2: Design your Leader Standard Work and operating rhythm.


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  • Steven Leuschel, Improvement Coach, Agile Kaizen LLC
  • Jason McWilliams, Lean Black Belt
  • Ken Eakin, Author, Lean Coach, EDC
  • Richard Steel, Management Consultant, Richard Steel Consulting
  • Deneb Milano, Senior Manager, Scotiabank
  • Bob Emiliani, Professor, Central Connecticut University
  • Cassandra Koitsopoulos, Senior Manager, RBC
  • Joakim Hillberg, Lean transformation, Revere AB
  • Helen Wang, VP, Scotiabank
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