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LeanIntent is a primer for the Lean Intelligent Enterprise. An intelligent enterprise is one in which more than 50% of its workforce use interconnected information technology devices to perform their jobs. A lean intelligent enterprise is organized around its value streams to create more value with less effort, resources, and lead time.

Lean for the Intelligent Enterprise

Lean for the Intelligent Enterprise is an association of international thought leaders, implementers, change agents, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and business leaders. We are dedicated to the advancement of lean in all types of organizations and recognize that an optimized intelligent enterprise is an extremely powerful force for good.

Framework & Knowledge Base

LeanIntent is a graphical, interactive framework with three distinct views. Graphics and text in each view lead to a detailed multi-layered body of knowledge with a rich lexicon that can be used to create a custom playbook for an organization’s lean transformation. The framework and knowledge base receive regular contributions from those in the industry who have useful knowledge to share.


The first goal of LeanIntent is to help people make sense of all the lean terms, interpretations, translations, schools of thought, and opinions. Missing in all the books, articles, blogs, presentations, and conversations about the modern notion of lean is a schema with which myriad concepts can be reasoned and understood. This shortfall was the primary impetus for the creation of LeanIntent so that lean knowledge can be explained, depicted, and organized all in one place.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to give the world a free, crowd-sourced enterprise-scale lean framework and body of knowledge for the benefit of all. Our vision is to be the most comprehensive and useful source of lean concepts, techniques, principles, and tools in the world.


Colin O’Neill is an entrepreneur, thought leader, business executive, international lean-agile trainer, organizational change agent, conference speaker, and executive coach. Since 1986, Colin has served as a consultant to government and Fortune 100 organizations. In 2011 he co-founded Scaled Agile, Inc. with Dean Leffingwell to develop the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). Now the world’s leading enterprise agile consulting, training, and certification firm, Colin served as Scaled Agile's CEO and President of Asia Pacific Operations for three years. In 2015, he launched Lean for the Intelligent Enterprise (LeanIntent) to bring a broader view of lean models and methods to companies around the globe with the belief that lean creates value, improves outcomes, and makes the world a better place.

Having attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and serving as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Colin experienced firsthand what it's like to be "lean." In fact, the Marine Corps and U.S. Navy SEALS employ key lean principles as two of the most effective fighting forces in the world.

Through the years, some of Colin's notable clients include:

  • VISA
  • Walmart
  • John Deere
  • Huawei
  • Wells Fargo
  • AT&T
  • Kroger
  • US Government
  • Safeway
  • Intel
  • Sprint
  • Cummins Diesel



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