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Why Lean is so important to Digitalisation – Please don’t do one without the other!

by Joe Aherne

Companies need to understand that trying to embrace a new way of thinking and survive in the digital world will not succeed by adopting the same old approaches and processes – just changing the tools and systems you will succeed mantra! Therefore, it is important to start with what you have, to interrogate your core value streams from a Lean Digital perspective and to give your people the power and ability to solve the problems and create sustainable solutions.

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This approach proves invaluable across three different levels, when planning a digital transformation.

  1. It spots redundancies in the design phase – it identifies process steps that are non-value add and need to be eliminated. There is no point in automating a broken process, it will only add more bottlenecks and introduce the pain points quicker with disastrous results.
  2. It simplifies the building phase and aligns the processes, people, and technology – an optimised and sustainable solution. You got to involve the users up front!
  3. It optimises existing systems and operations – applying Digital Lean makes the outcomes more effective and agile.

During COVD-19, many companies embraced digitalisation without having reviewed the leanness of the processes being automated and the inter-connectiveness of same both from a system and process perspective.

My recommendation to companies is to perform a Digital Lean Assessment before you embark on a major Digital Transformation of your business.

Please contact me on to talk about our 7-day Digital Lean Assessment. Please click on for more information.

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Joe Aherne

CEO of Leading Edge Group

Joe qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1982. It was a decision that reaped great benefits for Joe, providing him with an international recognized qualification which allowed him to follow in his father and grandfathers’ footsteps who had both worked and lived abroad. Having qualified as a CPA, Joe took up financial positions in the Middle East and UK.

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