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How Enterprise Architecture Can Use Lean Practices

Published: 12 September 2017

ID: G00328745

Analyst(s): James McGovern , Jack Santos


Using lean principles to build world-class EA demands new work styles. Misaligned practices and interactions can derail efforts. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders can use lean practices to enable increased respect for people and continuous improvement across the value chain.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Wasteful Practices by "Going and Seeing for Yourself" to Thoroughly Understand the Situation (Gemba Walk)
  • Implement a Rigorous Root-Cause Problem-Solving Process to Align People and Achieve Greater Value (A3 Problem Solving)
  • Communicate Information Quickly and Widely, Clearly Using Visual Management Techniques (Kanban Boards)
    • Use Task Boards as a Visual Technique to Increase Productivity, Efficiency and Respect for People
    • Use Team Barometers to Improve Respect for People
  • Bottom Line

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