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Lean and Enterprise Architecture

Lean and Enterprise Architecture

Reference: D100

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In this webinar, we will show how Lean’s focus on eliminating waste and creating value can be applied to EA processes and products.
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Over the last two decades, "Lean" management has proved to be very powerful in improving an organization’s business process performance. During the same timeframe, Enterprise Architecture (EA) came up as a discipline for controlling the complexity of organizations, their processes, information, and IT. At first glance, both approaches appear very different in nature. Where Lean emphasizes local action, rapid learning cycles, and bottom-up improvement by those who do the actual work, EA focuses on enterprise-wide coherence, longer-term business transformations, and translating strategy into operations.

These differences in both scope and approach may suggest that Lean and EA have nothing to do with each other. However, Lean and EA share a goal: improving organizational performance. Where Lean is focused at "doing the work a little bit better every day", EA has a larger time-span. EA supports understanding and acting on larger movements in processes, technology, and context. But eventually of course we want to have both. As large as the differences between Lean and EA might seem, both disciplines can be combined very fruitfully.

In this webinar, we will show how Lean’s focus on eliminating waste and creating value can be applied to EA processes and products, and vice versa we will discuss how EA can be used to design and implement Lean business processes in a coherent manner across the enterprise.

From our own experiences as developer of the ArchiMate® standard and as Lean Six Sigma black belt, respectively, we will discuss the ways in which both disciplines may complement and enhance each other.

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Reference D100
Author(s) Marc Lankhorst and Peter Matthijssen, BiZZdesign
Published 26 Mar 2014
Duration 1 hour
Type Webinars
Subject Architecture
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