IT and training firms launch Lean IT Association

05 March 2015

A consortium of IT training and certification companies have launched a global association and performance standard for Lean IT. The new standard consists of several knowledge- and competency levels in the field of Lean IT, and will according to the initiators serve as an important reference for global IT professionals.

Lean is about making the organisation more efficient and to effectively respond to external demand. The method, which has its roots in the manufacturing industry but nowadays is applied across all industries, has in recent years gained in popularity. According to advocates, Lean can largely boost the process efficiency of organisations, as well as increase the quality of services and level of customer service.

Lean IT Association

Also the IT industry has embraced the principles of Lean, using the term Lean IT. Despite the growing attention for the domain, the market for training and certifications is however fragmented. There are several fragmented initiatives in countries/regions, yet no universally accepted programme, comparable to for instance ITIL for IT-service management or Prince 2 for project management.

Lean IT Association
To remedy the current ‘gap’ in the market, six companies – APMG, EXIN, PEOPLECERT, Pink Elephant, Quint Wellington Redwood and ITpreneurs – have decided to join forces and launch the ‘Lean IT Association’ (LITA). In the process, Quint Wellington Redwood, an expert in the area of outsourcing* and IT consulting, played a pioneering role. Quint CEO Maurice Boon explains: “Last year Quint reached out to some partners and competitors to start this global initiative on Lean IT. Instead of protecting the IP of each individual organisation, we agreed to join forces and to build one global platform for sharing and building the best practice on Lean IT.”

Lean IT Association - Partners

The non-profit organisation has the objective to lead the further professionalisation of the Lean IT domain through the development of standards, conducting research and managing a certification scheme. The board consists of senior executives from the founding partners, including Nick Houlton (APMG), Bernd Taselaar (EXIN), Byron Nicolaides (PEOPLECERT), David Ratcliffe (Pink Elephant), Maurice Boon (Quint Wellington Redwood) and Sukhbir Jasuja (ITpreneurs).

Lean IT Certification Scheme
The certification programme of LITA, known as the Lean IT Certification Scheme, consists of four distinct certifications for various levels. Starting at entry level with the Lean IT Foundation and moving on to Lean IT Kaizen Lead, climbing further up the ladder to Lean IT Leader or Coach. Each level introduces more knowledge and skills, eventually leading up to competences that enable a professional to support corporate introduction or further development of Lean IT initiatives.

Lean IT Foundation - Lean IT Kaizen Lead - Lean IT Leader - Lean IT Coach

“We invite all thought leaders on Lean IT to challenge our ideas and to enrich the existing practices so we are able to build one true global set of best practices all together”, concludes Boon.

* Recently Quint was named a top 20 global outsourcing advisor by the IAOP.


PwC teams with University of Bath to boost next generation of AI talent

25 February 2019

As part of a new collaboration between the Government and industry leaders of the UK, PwC has announced a new partnership with the University of Bath. The alliance will see the Big Four firm offer research internships to PhD students, while striving to boost the Artificial Intelligence skills of tomorrow’s workforce.

The UK Government has unveiled a new collaboration between the state and industry to drive skills relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to new heights. A new post-graduate AI drive to boost productivity and create high skilled jobs will now form part of the UK’s modern industrial strategy. As part of this, new industry-funded Master Degrees in AI will be rolled out across 16 dedicated Centres in UK universities to train a new generation of AI PhDs.

The move is part of the UK’s efforts to insulate its economy from the impacts of Brexit. With the country facing an impending exodus from its financial services sector in particular, fostering innovation is increasingly seen as the best way to ensure that Britain avoids a severe fall in growth in the next few years. AI in particular offers opportunities for the economy, with the potential to boost UK GDP by 10% by 2030. As a result, inward investment to the UK AI sector already increased by 17% over the past year, more than the whole of Europe combined, by the Government’s reckoning.

PwC teams with University of Bath to boost next generation of AI talent

As part of this latest initiative to drive up AI skills, the British wing of PwC has partnered with the University of Bath's new Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI. As part of the agreement, PwC will offer project-based research internships to PhD students, act as an industrial student adviser, and join the strategy and partnerships board of the CDT.

Euan Cameron, UK AI leader at PwC, commented, "To unlock the technology's potential, we need a robust and consistent approach to governing AI systems – paramount not only in managing risk but also in building public trust – a key issue for anyone investing in AI at the moment. The University of Bath is home to some of the leading academics in the world of responsible AI. There is a national need for many more graduate and doctoral-level skills in this area… It's positive to see the government recognise and support the development of the AI.”