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Lean is not a new paradigm. “Why should I care?” you can ask. Of course, there exist companies implementing and using Lean for decades, but at the same time we can observe some struggles with Lean effort in IT environment, mostly in its distributed form. Why is it so? Manufacturing and service companies deal with tangible processes and products.
Unfortunately, IT products and processes are both intangible and this need to be respected. Lean is also not limited to Scrum with Kanban as we usually see in Agile teams.
This e-book summarizes our experience with Lean IT. By Lean IT we mean using IT as a source of innovation to business as well as an approach removing the typical tension between IT and business. Lean IT can sound like sub-optimization to Lean experts, but we do not sub-optimize (do not focus on IT only). Our experience comes from IT industry. We are not all industry experts therefore we start with IT and optimize the whole business using IT.