CIO's agile and lean management through digital visual management
LEAN IT & CIO
Lean management, also known as “waste management”, it is not a new management method. In fact, it was established in 1970 in Japan and became famous in the 80s in the United States. The idea of the concept is to maximise customer value while minimising waste. Also, it focuses on productivity, quality, lead times and cost.
Therefore CIOs (Chief information officer) are more and more interested in lean IT. In order to approach the gradual and continuous transformation in the field of IT, lean management brings a structured approach and new philosophy.
These days the majority of CIO’s have tested and used agile methodologies. According to the agility survey “7th annual state of development survey” in 2013, 54 % of the lean companies are using Scrum methodology. This methodology defines "a flexible, holistic product development strategy where the development team works as a unit to reach a common goal".
IMPROVING PERFORMANCE BY LEAN & VISUAL MANAGEMENT
Applied to IT, lean management aims to improve the customer value satisfaction and return on investment (ROI) while increasing operational performance. For example, companies are using value stream mapping to get rid of activities and processes that do not add value.
DIGITAL VISUAL MANAGEMENT: VISUAL KPI
For the companies and factories, digital visual management is helping with better collaborative performances. The real-time information is a motivation and performance source for each team and collaborators.
Understand your data and important information at a glance! Effective digital visual management reduces wasted time for trying to understand the current situation or information searching.
It is important to implement a visual KPI control. In order to solve visualised problems and also to share and prioritise the work of each one through the screens.
The lean management principle is the elimination of waste and the reduction of complexity. Therefore, do not hesitate to simplify the data and the tasks to the maximum. Visual controls are designed to make the control and management of a company as simple as possible.
INTEREST FOR CIO
The visual KPI control and agile practices are providing many benefits for the CIO:
- They bring the business and IT together, as a result, it is contributing to a better cooperation of the team members.
- Due to better visibility and understanding of the projects, they contribute to projects productivity improvement (down to 20% of project costs) and especially limit the project time overruns.
If you want to use this approach successfully, first determine your objectives and difficulties to which you want to get rid of.
Answer to these questions and find the most suitable methodology for your company!