Inside AEP's lean IT transformation - Feb. 27,2014
A game-changing lean transformation is under way at Columbus' American Electric Power Company Inc., which for the past year and a half has been implementing tools and principles across the enterprise. A year ago, AEP began the lean journey for its information technology group, which is the centerpiece of COE's first IT Leadership Network of 2014. In this panel discussion, hosted at the company's downtown Columbus headquarters, AEP leaders will offer a candid look into how its lean journey has changed day-to-day operations in IT. That includes visual management tools for top-level and front-line staff, sustainability teams, and new processes to foster accountability and knowledge management.
Alberto Ruocco, VP and CIO
Venkat Miriyala, Lean Transformation Lead, Operations & Process Transformation
Mike Rozsa, Managing Director, IT Business Applications
Dave Standley, Managing Director, Telecommunications
'Mapping the IT Value Stream' workshop - Oct. 18, 2013
Featuring Peg Pennington, Executive Director, Center for Operational Excellence
In this hands-on, group-based workshop, participants learned how to map the “current state” of an IT value stream through a real-world case extremely common in information technology: Data report creation and delivery. Many IT professionals are skeptical of mapping processes because of the creative nature of IT development, but mapping our standard approach to work at a high level with all stakeholders is the first step in identifying process waste and setting on the right track for true transformational change.
ITLN Forum - Aug. 9, 2013
Featuring Krish Krishnakanthan, McKinsey & Co.
Each company’s lean transformation is different - but learning from others who have traveled that road can bring valuable and useful insights. Join the Center for Operational Excellence’s IT Leadership Network forum Aug. 9 for an in-the-trenches look at how companies are leveraging lean for lasting impact from one of the leading consultants in the field: McKinsey & Co.
ITLN’s featured speaker is Krish Krishnakanthan (pictured, left), a partner in McKinsey’s Business Technology Office. He has worked with financial institutions and technology companies on a range of operations and IT topics and leads the Lean IT and Application Development and Maintenance service lines for McKinsey in North America. He has two decades of experience in IT and operations.
In this forum, Krishnakanthan will offer McKinsey’s perspective on lean IT, recruit attendees for an interactive exercise, and share case studies on two specific companies that have undergone successful transformations. More than a simple overview of tools, this forum will dive deep into how they’re used in high-technology organizations and traditional IT settings.
In the past year, COE’s IT Leadership Network forums have explored lean thinking, Agile methods, culture change, risk management, and the focus shift to people. We’ve offered the tools driving the transformation and the tactics for implementing change. But what happens once you’ve launched a successful implementation? How do you ensure it will stick beyond your involvement for many years to come?
This panel discussion focused on sustaining the change, with leaders who have done just that. They offered insights on successes, setbacks and lessons learned in the process.
Moderator: Peter Ward, co-director, COE
Bruno Guicardi, COO, CI&T
Amy Tomaszewski, AVP operational excellence, and Todd McDonald, AVP IT applications development, Grange Insurance
Sean Kiner, director of customer experience, RelayHealth
Brian Janki, VP and general manager, Rigid Packaging and Services, North America Greif Inc.
Featured speaker:Jeff Bender, VP, IT risk and compliance, Capital One
COE member Capital One in recent years has grown into one of the largest financial services businesses in the nation, bolstered by banking acquisitions and a booming credit card business. With that expanding scope comes an even greater need for a keen eye on information technology risk and compliance.
Bender gave an inside look at how its IT department has developed a culture of risk management founded in lean and business process management principles amid an aggressive expansion in recent years.
Bender, with Capital One since 1998, previously worked for accounting giant Pricewaterhouse Coopers. A frequent speaker at technology and internal audit organizations, he has a bachelor’s in business administration in management information systems from the University of Notre Dame along with CISSP, CISM and CISA certifications.
At Capital One's request, this forum is not available for viewing
ITLN Forum - Sept. 21, 2012
Jon Stahl (pictured left), CEO, Cleveland-based LeanDog Matt Barcomb (right), Agile coach, LeanDog
Conversations about lean often turn immediately to eliminating waste. While that's an important principle, IT veterans Stahl and Barcomb illustrated other key principles underlying lean thinking. The forum focused on the three principles to facilitating organizational culture change.
First is "Amplify Learning," reviewing concepts and techniques that can help build a continuously learning organization.
Next is "Decide as late as possible," which will help attendees simplify planning and budgeting processes.
And finally, "Build integrity in" looks at decision-making practices for leaders at all levels.
Lean management in Hewlett-Packard’s delivery system Srini Koushik, chief development officer of HP’s Enterprise Services 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Developing and supporting IT solutions today requires a shift from standardization and factory based development to mass customization. Yesterday’s command-and-control management style has given way to a model built on lean management and software development. Koushik gives an inside look at HP’s industrialized delivery model, an innovative structure that delivers better results by combining unique management and operational models with a focus on the people that drive it. (Click here for a white paper on Koushik’s topic)
Is lean management timeless? Observations from the agile field Sanjiv Augustine, president, LitheSpeed 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Agile development methods are helping cut development lead times, improve product quality and trim engineering costs, leading to increased customer and associate satisfaction and less waste. In reality, these methods are timeless lean principles that focus on customer value, respect for people and continuous improvement. Augustine, president of Alexandria, Va.-based training and consulting firm LitheSpeed, will share how agile teams are implementing lean management at the project, program and enterprise levels to deliver outstanding customer value.
They might be blips on a screen or glitches in a system, but waste and inefficiency can run rampant in information technology as much as a shop floor. But in a realm of largely invisible processes, where does lean thinking find its place?
The Center for Operational Excellence and member Nationwide Insurance partnered to bring to the company's downtown Columbus headquarters Mike Orzen (pictured left), a lean IT guru with more than 25 years experience coaching and consulting. Co-author of the book Lean IT, Orzen outlined the value lean can bring to IT with a wide-ranging presentation packed with case studies and deployment strategies.