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Center for Operational Excellence - IT Leadership Network

The Center for Operational Excellence's IT Leadership Network is an organization that brings together technology leaders to collaborate and learn from shared experiences in transferring their IT groups to a culture of operational excellence.

Coming Soon: IT Leadership Network webcast - June 27, 2014

An Elephant on Roller Skates: Nationwide's Lean IT Journey

Presenters: Tom Paider, AVP, IT Build Capability; Melanie Kolp, AVP, Finance IT -- Nationwide Insurance

Center for Operational Excellence member Nationwide Insurance has been a leader in lean IT for more than half a decade, using lean to massively scale agile development and, more recently, improve the performance of application maintenance teams company-wide. In this session, Tom Paider, AVP IT Build Capability (pictured, on left), and Melanie Kolp, AVP Finance IT (pictured, right), discuss the beginnings of Nationwide's lean journey as well as the new frontiers the company has taken on in the last few years.

In this interactive session, you’ll hear about how Nationwide put into action lean principles such as A3 thinking, standard work, kaizen, and visual management as well as the implementation of a lean management system that sustains and improves the gains already made. Kolp and Paider also will share what’s next for lean at Nationwide.

Coming Soon: Lean Into Agile Conference - Nov. 7, 2014

Central Ohio Agile Association to host a one-day conference this fall that brings together the best and brightest leaders and thinkers in the lean and agile communities. Lean Into Agile will feature rounds of breakout sessions, some focused on lean, others on agile, allowing attendees to sharpen their skills in either area and explore new tools and behaviors to bring back to their teams.

Keynote speakers include Michael Keller, executive vice president and CIO at Nationwide Insurance, and Mike Orzen, a widely sought-after speaker and consultant who also co-authored the book Lean IT.

Check out Lean Into Agile's official site for more details or register now!

A look back: Inside AEP's lean IT transformation, Feb. 27

American Electric Power hosted COE's IT Leadership Network group on Feb. 27 for a broad-based look at how it has been deploying lean throughout the IT organization over the past year-plus. Speakers included Alberto Ruocco, VP and CIO; Venkat Miriyala, lean transformation lead, operations and process transformation; and Mike Rozsa, managing director of IT business applications.

Tentative dates announced for 2014 ITLN events

The Center for Operational Excellence's IT Leadership Network forum series is set to begin its third full year of programming in 2014. Tentative dates for events this year are:

  • June 27
  • Nov. 7 (Lean Into Agile conference co-hosted with COHAA)

Click here for a look at our past programming.