chapter  3
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What Do We Mean by Lean, Lean and Agile Organization, and Lean and Agile IT?

ByTiffany Pham, David K. Pham, Andrew T. Pham, Mitchell Fox, Larry Rothstein, Michael Weiner, Emily Simoness, Kiran Rijhsinghani

In this chapter, the authors discuss the concept of a Lean and Agile organization, a Lean and Agile IT, and a Lean and Agile IT roadmap. More specifically, to be Lean and Agile, both the organization and it’s IT would need to: focus more on value streams or enterprise business processes that create value for customers or constituents, Trust and believe in employees or team members. Lean experts think they achieve flow when people and materials interact seamlessly and effortlessly. The authors consider Lean to be catchphrase that describes a management approach originally invented by Taiichi Ohno and applied at Toyota in Japan after Second World War. For Womack and Daniel Jones, there are five core principles of Lean, as described in their book Lean Thinking, published in 1995. For them, these principles include: value, value stream, flow, pull and perfection.