Press Release Consultancy firm Quint Wellington Redwood and a consortium of global leaders in the IT Training and Certification Industry Set a Global Standard for Lean IT
March 4 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - The Lean IT Association - a consortium of global leaders in the IT Training and Certification Industry - today announced its formation and revealed its newly developed Lean IT Certification Scheme. The Certification Scheme sets out an important reference for professionals in several degrees of knowledge and competence. The Lean IT Association (LITA) is led by a Board comprised of Senior Directors of its founding members, including Nick Houlton (APMG), Bernd Taselaar (EXIN), Byron Nicolaides (PEOPLECERT), David Ratcliffe (Pink Elephant), Maurice Boon (Quint Wellington Redwood) and Sukhbir Jasuja (ITpreneurs). According to the Association’s Manifesto, the Consortium was founded to set a global standard for Lean IT education and certification.
Lean is about making the organization more efficient and to effectively respond to external demand. Incremental and radical change methods such as Agile Scrum can be used to transition the organization to Lean principles in production and management. IT Service Management can get a huge benefit out of Lean IT by removing waste and optimizing the value of the IT services. Nick Houlton, COO at APMG states: “Lean principles have been used in a variety of industries for some years now. The IT industry has embraced these principles using the term ‘Lean IT’, but while there have been some fragmented initiatives for education & certification in Lean IT, there is no universally accepted program or thought leadership. The Lean IT Association is aiming to remedy that.”
Maurice Boon (CEO Quint): “The Lean IT Association is the proof that sharing knowledge and ideas is the way to build a new global best practice. Last year Quint, as thought leader on Lean IT, reached out to some partners and competitors to start this global initiative on Lean IT. Instead of protecting the IP of each individual organization, we agreed to join forces and to build one global platform for sharing and building the best practice on Lean IT. We invite all thought leaders on Lean IT to challenge our ideas and to enrich the existing practices so we are able to build one true global set of best practices all together.”
The Lean IT Certification Scheme consists of 4 distinct certifications for various levels. Starting at entry level with the Lean IT Foundation and moving on to Lean IT Kaizen Lead, climbing further up the ladder to Lean IT Leader or Coach. Each level introduces more knowledge and skills, eventually leading up to competences that enable a professional to support corporate introduction or further development of Lean IT initiatives. Training providers can apply for accreditation by one of the Examination Institutes affiliated with LITA, through the Lean IT Association website. The quality of their training program, materials and trainers will be assessed against and accredited according to LITA standards.
About Quint Wellington Redwood
Quint Wellington Redwood, or ‘Quint’ for short, is a leading, independent management consultancy fully focused on solving IT-related organization challenges. Its international services are provided in 49 countries and 4 continents. Quint pays special attention to strategy, sourcing, governance, architecture, IT service management and Lean IT, developing and implementing best practices worldwide. Quint was founded in 1992 to assist organizations in getting more value out of their IT, not by adding IT but by organizing it better. For more information, visit www.quintgroup.com.
About the Lean IT Association
The Lean IT Association (LITA) is a non-profit organization founded by three Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) - ITpreneurs, Pink Elephant, Quint Wellington Redwood and three Examination Institutes (EIs) - APMG, EXIN, PEOPLECERT International Ltd. To realize its broader purpose LITA aims to provide:
- an industry-standard set of Lean IT reference materials and other resources for practitioner organizations to use;
- a clear understanding of the value and positioning of Lean IT relative to other bodies of knowledge, frameworks and standards;
- a certification scheme aimed at practitioner organizations looking to adopt Lean IT principles in the IT Service development and operations department as well as professionals that want to be certified in Lean IT at various levels.
For more information, please contact
Quint Wellington Redwood
Global Lead Lean Advisory
Lean IT Association