Have you ever asked yourself “why am I wasting my time in this meeting” while painfully realizing it is only the first one of the day? Wouldn’t it be nice to bring back added value and true decision making in meetings while freeing time to work on the advancement of projects or businesses? How many … Continue reading Obeya tells the story of it all
Material concern is not only inherent to the manufacturing industry. Of course, it is much easier to understand it as it is tangible. This does not mean it is not complex. Take a bicycle, a computer or any manufactured good, you can easily visualise some of their components, but you most probably don't have a … Continue reading The real importance of material and how it flows
Recently an IT manager asked me why some teams' tasks should be considered as “valueless” even though team members worked hard to perform those tasks. This question is key for managers and teams to better succeed in their mission, as well as for their client and for themselves. Therefore, clarifying the notion of success is of … Continue reading What does“reducing waste” in IT mean?
What is Lean for you? Many answers pour in: cost reduction (wrong answer!), customer satisfaction (not false), operational efficiency (certainly) ... What we believe at Operae Partners is that Lean aims to improve employee’s skills. As a result, deadlines and quality will be improved, customer satisfaction achieved, and costs reduced. In Lean, people come first. … Continue reading People come first
Translation of a post published on our French-speaking blog in September 2018. More transparency on IT incidents Since August 15, 2018, British banks have been required to indicate on their websites the number of IT incidents that have caused interruptions to payment services. According to Les Echos article of August 17, 2018, the five largest … Continue reading Reducing IT incidents, a priority for major European banks
In this article published on InfoQ.com, Marc Legru and Kevin Raynel share the example of a mobile applications startup. When faced with a problem, people in technology companies often feel pressured to jump to a solution quicklyThese solutions may work but are often not optimal and may have unintended consequencesApplying a rigorous approach to formulating … Continue reading How Lean Problem Solving Increases Agile Team Productivity
In this Lean Digital Summit presentation, Marie-Pia Ignace explains the 3 aspects of Lean management: a vision the managers must support and hand on to their teams ; operational efficiency ; kaizen: the opportunity for each and every person to innovate and therefore contribute to the improvement of the whole organization. https://youtu.be/98pfEAXya2E
You want to do Lean in your IT department but don't know how to start? Start where you are, right now! Go and see the value with real people and real demand. But first, listen to Marie-Pia Ignace advice in this Lean Digital Summit conference: https://youtu.be/o1bQNJaLX6o
In this article by Pierre Jannez, published on InfoQ you'll get a good understanding of why Scrum and the TPS are a great combo for IT teams: Scrum, the Toyota Way and Toyota Production System (TPS) have common foundations regarding values and intentsAgile and TPS can be used together to deliver better resultsVisualization and pulling … Continue reading Scrum and The Toyota Production System, Build Ultra-Powerful Teams
Should you need to improve the results of one of your IT activities by 25% in a few months, you should consider the Lean IT approach. Whether it is, for example, to reduce the cost of user support/run, accelerate the time-to-market of your products or improve the satisfaction of your users, Lean IT provides a … Continue reading Lean management in the Tech industry: what to expect?