Any publication on the application of Lean principles within any organization in any industry will mention the critical importance of leadership in the success of the initiative, or the lack of success if leadership is absent. Our experience supports this observation entirely. It should therefore not be surprising that, in the range of certifications that constitute the Lean IT Association’s certification scheme, a Lean IT Leadership certification is included. There are thousands of publications on leadership, many on leadership in IT, less on Lean leadership and very few on Lean leadership within the IT context. This publication brings together published ideas on leadership, Lean leadership and leadership in IT, and combines this with practical experience from Lean IT practitioners, to provide a wellrounded view of Lean leadership within IT.
Much of the literature on Lean leadership describes the way leadership works in established Lean environments. In this document, we start with the premise that you and your IT organization are new to Lean, or have little experience. We aim to describe both the state to which you should aspire (Chapters 3 to 6) and the journey from the situation of your IT organization (Chapter 7). Our intent is to provide insights that will help you successfully use Lean principles within your IT organization.