Our Services

Lean Consulting

Lean is the bringing about of a day by day improvement to your services that your consumers value. It is not a process improvement initiative or a tool, but a long term commitment in a new way of working. This improvement is best run by those who do the work, who know the work and who are most affected by the work. It is in stark contrast to bringing in consultants that implement best practices. What we provide is a service that will educate and train your staff in Lean principles and practices so that they may bring about the changes.

Lean Training

Our Lean Simulation Training provides your team with a taste of what Lean is through experiencing it with a simulation.  The simulation is engaging and fully interactive and enables the staff to see the benefits of Lean through first hand experience.  These sessions are run in-house and are designed to be run with a complete team.

DevOps Transformation

DevOps came about to lessen the negative effects of development and operations each working in their own silos. Development wanted to change systems to support business outcomes and operations were focused on keeping systems stable. DevOps works to remove the barriers between development and operations by having the two groups work together and understand each others drivers.

Portfolio Kanban

Managing the portfolio of work in any medium to large organisation is challenging.  With knowledge work such as software development it becomes even more difficult as the work is invisible. What portfolio Kanban primarily provides is an simple view of the current state of your portfolio of work so you can see what you have in progress, what its status is and where potential bottlenecks are.  With this information you can alter the system or work to enable you to deliver in a quicker and more efficient way.

Agile Coaching

We coach your IT team in how to move into a rapid cycle of plan, build, deliver, and learn. Through each iteration you gain knowledge that can be applied to the following iteration, continually improving the way you work and what you are building. This helps you to excel over your competitors as you are continually able to adjust what you do based on feedback. We typically work with the Kanban delivery approach, but have experience with both Scrum and SAFE.  

Our Team

James Macnee

James Macnee

Senior Lean Practitioner

With over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and a strong management background, James brings practical application of Lean Information Technology’s principles to its clients. James strongly believes in people and works to remove the barriers that impede progress. He builds trust and engages the minds of your staff for your business. He sees the bigger picture from end to end and helps your staff focus on and realise customers’ needs.

Paul Salmon

Paul Salmon

Senior Lean Practitioner

With experience as a business analyst, developer and team leader / manager for over 18 years in Information Technology, Paul has had experience in the many ways that software creation is carried out. Paul is passionate about Lean as an approach that improves outcomes for both the organisation and the individuals working within it.  Paul is currently unavailable for additional work as he is working full time at ASB in an Agile Coaching role.

Kiesoon Macnee

Kiesoon Macnee

Web Developer

With finance and science background, Kiesoon has been a part of LeanIT team for many years. Kiesoon has been involved with Lean simulation training and also web development especially for Dev2 which is LeanIT’s project to help the underprivileged young people in the Philippines.

Our Clients

What our clients say

Paul has a deep understanding of Lean and Agile principles and practices, with a particular interest in the “people” side of things. He seeks to create environments where people can flourish, do their best work, and take pride and satisfaction in delighting their customers. He is very approachable, calm, and easy to work with

I highly recommend Paul as an Agile Coach to anyone who seeks to improve the way they work in a positive and sustainable manner.

Russell

I had the pleasue of working with James on an Agile transformation in 2016/2017. The challenge was enormous for all of us and we all learnt a lot from it. James is a highly skilled Agile and Lean thinker and his advice and guidance along the way was hugely valuable. He both practices and trains in Lean thinking. He was one of 3 key consultants but the only one responsible for delivery as well. He was the lead for a continuous delivery team. Working with James in this domain showed me that James knows how to take the lead but also servant lead at the right times. He creates an environment for his people to allow them to do their best work. James enjoy’s getting the most out of the teams he works with through empowerment. James helps people understand what the right thing to do is rather than best reputational thing to do – he has strong moral values. James delivers to task/expectation like nobody else I’ve worked with. He has leadership skills and technical skills – therefore he can connect on different subjects and different levels.
Lastly, if you need an honest, hardworking, knowledgeable, servant leader to help you deliver – you can’t go far past James.

Jason

The simulation made it very visual how changing the perspective and the goal from the department to the value produced to the customer improves the process, reduces waste, WIP and increases the benefit (in this case the profit). It was also great to see how the team realised at the end that without communicating with each other and understanding the dependencies of each department it would be challenging to get benefit.

Aygul

James was instrumental in taking MSD from big-bang releases to more predictable regular release cycles where he established new release processes, challenged the norms, and lead a team developing MSDs Deployment pipeline. Under often difficult circumstances, he took every opportunity to educate and share his wisdom. He is technically capable and industry aware. It was a pleasure to be have worked with James during this journey at MSD.

Linda

We had been trying to implement DevOps practices for a while but there was something missing, somehow it just wasn’t catching on. Then James came along and lit the spark that set the movement alight. James was able to be the link between senior management and the delivery teams on the ground. He was able to create a safe space for willing individuals to come together to try to create something awesome. Make no mistake, it is a long and hard journey, but it can be done. You just have to have faith in your people and support them – that is something that James excelled at.

Andrew

We used James and Paul from LeanIT to run their Lean Simulation Training across three individual teams from within the Wintec Student Enrollment and Information Centre. The simulation was a great way for those that participated, not only to better understand key lean principles, but to experience these first hand. James and Paul tailored the simulations around a tight schedule we imposed in order to give everyone the chance to participate – this was really useful for us. The feedback received from the teams was very positive and as managers we noticed immediate outcomes with staff questioning and considering improvements to business processes. I would certainly recommend the Lean Simulation Training for a wide variety of teams and businesses.

Sarah

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