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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Productivity Press; 1 edition (September 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466504498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466504493
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today’s customers want it all and they want it now: innovation, speed, agility, and value. How can you drive operational excellence, stimulate growth, and accelerate idea-to-value innovation throughout your enterprise? Shingo Prize-winning author Steve Bell, joined by other thought leaders, offers useful insights and examples you can start using now. Run Grow Transform takes the next logical step to driving enterprise value. This could be the game-changing playbook for IT 3.0.
—Mark Katz, CIO & Senior Vice President, Esselte Corporation

A powerful read detailing how companies can leverage their Lean IT transformation to supercharge the business.
—Tom Paider, IT Build Capability Leader, Nationwide

The consistent application of the practices described in this book has enabled Embraer to reap huge gains. I recommend this book as a desktop companion.
—Alexandre Baulé, Vice President Information Systems, Embraer

Run Grow Transform takes the reader a leap forward, ready for immediate application to bridge Lean and innovation.
—Melissa Barrett, Enterprise Architecture & IT Strategy, Premera Blue Cross

This book focuses on the most critical and challenging issue for any aspect of the development or use of IT: creating a collaborative learning culture.
—Jeffrey K. Liker, Shingo Prize-Winning Author of The Toyota Way

Run Grow Transform sets out the principles and practices necessary for success in the new economy.
—Jez Humble, author of Continuous Delivery

Steve Bell has hit another home run with this book. Either your organization will adopt the wisdom contained in this book and thrive, or your competitors will do so and put you out of business.
—Scott Ambler, author Disciplined Agile Delivery and 19 other books

It’s rare to see truly new insight added to the Lean discussion. Steve Bell does just that by continuing to push the frontiers of Lean thinking.
—Alexander Brown, COO, Scrum Inc.

A powerful read detailing how companies can leverage their Lean IT transformation to supercharge the business.
—Tom Paider, IT Build Capability Leader, Nationwide

Steve Bell has mapped a new trajectory. I challenge any CIO to read Bell’s breakthrough work and not be compelled to start this journey to become a transformative leader in the creation of real and sustainable value.
—Jeffrey Barnes, Society for Information Management (SIM), Regional Director, Advanced Practices Council

All too often the IT organization is viewed as an impediment to lean transformation, when it truly can be a catalyst. Steve’s book sorts out all the noise, the jargon, and the "hero culture", guiding the reader to what is so obvious, yet so hard to see: build your culture around your customer!
—Josh Rapoza, Director of Web Strategy and Operations, Lean Enterprise Institute

Aligning Lean and IT is a great challenge with a big payoff. This book really shows how Lean and IT can create a strong enterprise; it’s a great inspiration.
—Klaus Lyck Petersen, Solar A/S

A must read for any organization that is pursuing continuous improvement. In today’s world, real business improvement cannot be achieved without the IT factor; this book will help any organization achieve the improvement that they are seeking.
—Barry J. Brunetto, Vice President, Information Systems, Blount International

Precise, concise, and entertaining, this book provides the reader with crucial tips on how IT can help enterprises survive and thrive in a fast-paced technological and economic environment. This is mandatory reading not only for businesses and IT organizations, but also for universities and policy makers.
—Fuat Alican, PhD, Vice President, Central American Scientific Research and Education Center

Not just for Lean Practitioners, Run Grow Transform is a must-have reference for any IT organization, regardless of size, age or industry, looking to move to the next level of performance.
—Sarah Topham, Lean Deployment Leader, Information Technology & Product Management, Paychex, Inc.

This is a long overdue book that addresses the key challenges for today's IT organization and puts Lean IT into a context that is too often lacking.
—James Finister, Tata Consultancy Services

The 'business as usual' scenario is not an option in today’s economy and global challenges. A transformation in methods, tools and frameworks is needed to guide our business decisions. This book is your first step!
—Khuloud Odeh, IT Director, Grameen Foundation

Delivering beyond the helpful folk wisdom and narrow techniques and technologies found elsewhere, Steve Bell and his contributors provide practical full value stream lifecycle methods for continuous improvement using Lean in an IT and customer (business) setting.
—Martin Erb, Director of Professional Services, Pink Elephant

Run Grow Transform
clarifies the eternal quest of IT: to simply "running" of the business and to create innovative solutions to grow the business and create sustainable competitive advantage to transform the way customers interact with your business, in plain, actionable advice from one who has been on the front lines.
—Tom Foco, Value Stream Solutions

About the Author

Steve Bell began his career in the early 1980s as an accountant, where he learned to appreciate the underlying information and systems needed to run a business. When IBM introduced the first PC, he joined the world of IT at the very beginning of the ERP industry evolution.

He first became acquainted with Lean principles and practices in the early 1990s, when he quickly realized that the key to creating effective IT systems was engaging employees in the simplification and continuous improvement of business processes before investing in information systems. He applied this philosophy to ERP and software development projects, which led to his first book, Lean Enterprise Systems (Wiley, 2006).

The success of this book led him more deeply into the practice of Lean IT, where he began facilitating kaizen events and strategy deployment initiatives, while integrating Agile software development and IT Service management with the fundamental Lean principles. This led to his second book, Lean IT (Productivity Press, 2010), which received the 2011 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence research award.

Steve serves on the faculty of the Lean Enterprise Institute. He travels worldwide presenting workshops, leading gemba walks, and advising clients on applying Lean IT principles and practices to solve their daily business challenges, including fast and effective governance and portfolio management, continual IT service improvement, end-to-end application development lifecycle management, ERP agility and continuous improvement, and the design of effective measurement systems that help teams focus on the right things.

In addition to his work leading Lean IT transformation, Steve and his wife Karen are actively involved in the nonprofi t and nongovernmental organization (NGO) community. As founders of Lean4NGO (http://www.Lean4NGO.org), their mission is to bring Lean practices to humanitarian aid organizations, improving operational efficiency (use of scarce resources) and effectiveness (improved outcomes) to benefit the three billion people living at the bottom of the pyramid on less than $2 a day.

Steve may be reached through his website at http://www.LeanITStrategies.com.

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This valuable book should be in head and library of every IT service provider.
Martin G. Erb
Run grow transform provides the reader with crucial tips on how IT can help enterprises survive and thrive in a fast-paced technological and economic environment.
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And the writing is accessible, clear, and all the modern references make the concepts so easily applicable to the current web-enabled world we are in.
Angela Lockhart O'Hara

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This is easily the best book I've read on the subject out of dozens. While I normally read quite quickly I struggled to finish this book in a timely manner because I was frequently putting it down and just stopping to fully digest what I had just read. The book itself is laid out in such a way where it progresses nicely, and the appendixes with case studies were very insightful.
While I think the target audience is probably senior leadership, If I could I would make every middle manager read this and then pass it to both their superiors and their reports.
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This is a wide-ranging examination of a variety of topics related to the intersection of Lean Thinking and IT Management:
- What is Lean: a useful summary of the latest thinking and practices of "Lean" (Author Steve Bell is a learner, and he shares best practices in the evolving body of knowledge in Lean and related management frameworks, tools, and techniques.)
- How does Lean thinking and practice apply to IT management: software development (a process), data management, IT operations management (Several other authors who are experts in these IT management fields share views on how Lean relates to them. Steve Bell introduces the book's title theme: Run, Grow, Transform - how IT should be looking at its activities to enable the business's mission.)
- How can IT play in Lean transformation and Lean Management: a future vision of a more integrated role for the IT function in the delivery of products and service to customers. (An explanation of value streams and IT's increasingly important role.)
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The best book available about Lean IT! I suggest that anyone interested in the topic reads this book because it adds that often missing dimension to it: how is the organization actually going to make this work?

So it is not a book about the main ideas of Lean - or IT. Steve obviously assumed that most people by now have an understanding of Lean Thinking and that the readers most likely already know something (enough) about IT. Therefore (I guess), he decided to tell you about how to make use of this knowledge.

Maybe I should mention that this review has been on the way for a long time. But this is such a book where I feel that it deserves a carefully written review, making clear for everyone what makes this book special - and good.

THE SCOPE

I am happy to see that Steve is not painting up the usual "three steps to heaven" or "10 things to do as a leader", as is common for books about management philosophies.

Steve actually points out right away, in the first few lines of the book: There is no "IT Value" separate from business value. And there is limited business value separate from IT.

As simple as that! The remaining book is dedicated to teaching you what that means for your way of dealing with IT in your organization. How you can make it work.

And who are you? You are a leader or manager, but not just for IT, you could be any kind of leader anywhere in your organization - which in turn could be any organization, but maybe mostly one of those which are not the smallest. After all, small companies usually find their own ways of doing things and will be less tempted to follow the guidelines of a business coach.
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Lean management practices have been very successful in manufacturing and more recently in financial services and health care. Steven Bell's book does a great job of applying Lean principles to IT to drive business results that count.

Steve provides a concise and clear review of Lean principles with IT related examples and then offers more detailed discussions on how these may be applied to the IT value chain. Additional contributors give impactful examples of using Lean principles in specific areas including code development, running the IT engine, and data management.

The discussion of Enterprise Architecture gives a new perspective that business leaders and IT architects can use to drive a more integrated approach.

This is a must read book for both IT leaders new to Lean principles and those with significant experience.
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By Gerry Halmagyi on May 16, 2013
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If you are a senior IT leader this should open your eyes and move away from the so called "IT Alignment with the Business" and move toward ensuring integration.
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Steve writes and explains a more productive value approach to management accounting versus the older style of allocating expenses. I've witnessed the problems that IT and overhead expense allocations frequently cause in companies. Including hands-on personnel in the assessment of the value of their work, striving for value rather than just cost cutting--the lean methodology that Steve explains and guides us with in his book is tremendous. GloriaB
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By Angela Lockhart O'Hara on March 27, 2013
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I just finished Run, Grow, Transform and can't stop talking about it to my colleagues. I am delighted to find a single publication that brings together so comprehensively and holistically the operational, developmental, and entrepreneurial sides of lean. And the writing is accessible, clear, and all the modern references make the concepts so easily applicable to the current web-enabled world we are in. Impressive.
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