EXIN Lean IT Foundation

EXIN Lean IT Foundation

This exam is available, only in Brazilian Portuguese, until 1 December 2016. You can do the LITA Lean IT Foundation exam instead. 



Lean IT is the extension of Lean manufacturing and lean services principles to the development and management of information technology (IT) products and services. The Lean concept is evolved from the production processes of Toyota (1950). Companies will minimize waste and produce high quality with the Lean method. By applying the Lean method they increase efficiency and increase customer value. The Lean concept has a great impact on the culture of an organization with behavioral aspects such as empowering employees to involve them in the optimization of processes. Lean also introduces new concepts such as: Just in Time and Continual improvement.


Organizational benefits are:

  • Reduce costs via process efficiency
  • Maximizing customer value


Benefits for employees are:

  • Lean IT is complementary to other frameworks and methods such as ITIL® and Agile Scrum
  • Broaden skills on process efficiency with a strong emphasis on behavior
  • Employee satisfaction increases (involvement)


Target group

Management and employees of any organization planning to introduce lean need to have a basic understanding of lean thinking. There are no pre-requisites for candidates wishing to be trained and examined for this qualification. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates:

  • Have gained two or three years of IT-professional experience in the fields of support and maintenance and/or software development. Candidates could also be project managers or line managers in an IT organization.
  • Participate in a training course through one of EXIN’s accredited training providers.



Lean IT ties in well with other EXIN examination programs, such as ITIL® and EXIN IT Service Management based on ISO/IEC 20000. Lean IT optimizes your IT Service Management processes.


e-Competence Framework (e-CF)

The mapping of this certificate against the e-Competence Framework.


 e-CF Area   e-Competence e-1 e-2 e-3 e-4 e-5
PLAN A.4. Product / Service Planning          
A.8. Sustainable Development          
ENABLE D.9. Personnel Development          
MANAGE E.2. Project and Portfolio Management          
E.5. Process Improvement          
E.6. ICT Quality Management          
E.7. Business Change Management          

Legend for coverage

  General - The competence is covered at the level indicated
  Partial - The competence is covered to some extent
  Superficial - Relevant knowledge is covered to some extent
  The competence level is available in the framework
  The competence level is not available in the framework





Exam content

Candidates are tested on 9 categories:

1. General knowledge of the origins of the Toyota Production System and insight into the five core Lean principles

2. Understanding the definition and application of the Lean principle of value

3. Understanding the definition and application of the Lean principle of value streams

4. Understanding of the definition and application of the Lean principle: flow

5. Understanding the definition and application of the Lean principle of pull

6. Understanding the definition and application of the Lean principle: continuous improvements

7. Understanding of the importance of Lean Management and its role in the implementation of Lean IT

8. Understanding of the psychology of change and the role of the Lean change agent

9. Knowledge of the content of a generic project plan for a Lean IT project


Exam Details

  • Number of questions: 40
  • Pass mark: 65% (26 out of 40)
  • Open book/notes: no
  • Electronic equipment permitted: no


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