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Digital Lean Strategies, LLC was originally founded in 2012 as "Lean IT Strategies, LLC" by Steve and Karen Bell. We also founded LeanAgileNGO.org (originally known as Lean4NGO.org) in 2010.
In 2023 we retired from serving for-profit companies, and focused our attention on helping NGOs and Nonprofits improve their performance and outcomes.
Aside from his work with NGOs, Steve is best known for his former career bringing the Lean, Agile, and DevOps communities closer together, emphasizing the appropriate role of emerging technologies and their evolution in lean practice. His work focused on building high-performance teams, problem-solving in a data-intense world, adapting lean and agile management systems and value-stream-based enterprise architecture modeling in an increasingly digital world.
Steve is the author of "Lean IT" (awarded the Shingo Prize for Research and Publication in 2012), "Lean Enterprise Systems", "Run Grow Transform", and with his partner Karen Whitley Bell, a contributor to the Shingo Prize-winning "Accelerate: The Science Behind DevOps". Steve is a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute.
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