A Guide to Value Stream Management Software

Organizations adopted Agile and DevOps methodologies are moving more quickly, but are they working at peak efficiency? The way to determine that is to create a value stream.

Value streams help companies eliminate the waste in their production processes and ensure that what they are creating and delivering meets customer wants and needs, from original idea all the way through to product delivery.

Value stream is a term well understood in lean manufacturing, where it first came into vogue, but is now being adopted in software development. The differences between the two, however, create challenges. It’s fairly easy to gain efficiencies in manufacturing when the product and processes don’t change. In software development, however, product requirements are constantly changing, so it is important to establish such things as flow, tight feedback loops for correcting defects or finding vulnerabilities.

Measuring your progress with key performance indicators is also critical to success in value stream management.

Creating a value stream map

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A guide to VSM tools

The CloudBees Suite builds on emerging DevOps practices and continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) automation by adding a layer of governance, visibility and insights necessary to achieve optimum efficiency and control new risks. Since every company in the world is now a software company, this new automated software delivery system is becoming the … continue reading

Losing command and control…and living with it!

There’s a saying that goes, “Developers don’t want to miss the boat, and operations don’t want to sink the ship.” But for organizations to create value streams to observe their operations and eliminate waste while driving efficiencies, they might have to yield some control. ConnectALL’s Lance Knight recalled his time as a Novell network administrator, … continue reading

Gently down the value stream

Value stream has become a part of the application development lexicon, having first gained uptake as a manufacturing exercise and now being applied to the process of delivering value to customers through software. It’s been evaluated by analysts and increasingly written about in the industry press — including the SD Times Jan. 1 cover declaring … continue reading

The realities of value stream management

SD Times rang in 2019 with a January issue cover declaring this the year of value stream management. The hype machine is in high gear, touting the benefits of removing waste from your production process and assessing every piece of work you do to make sure it’s providing value. The work of W.E. Deming is … continue reading

Adding value to your CI/CD pipeline

One of the first principles of the Agile Manifesto says to satisfy customers by delivering working software frequently. The problem, however, is that it doesn’t say exactly how we can do that. “Working software is the only measure of progress, but how to you measure that? You need to integrate and test the software as … continue reading

CollabNet VersionOne’s winter release focuses on intelligent collaboration and productivity

CollabNet VersionOne has announced the Winter 2019 release for VersionOne for Agile Management, Continuum for DevOps and TeamForge. According to the company, this release takes aim at helping developers work better together and meet Agile and DevOps business goals. The company’s VersionOne product is designed for scaling Agile in the enterprise. It provides end-to-end visibility … continue reading

2019: The year of the value stream

Development teams thrive on precision. They need specific requirements to write clean, tight code. They need to write tests that will accurately reveal any flaws in that code. So when development managers are told they need to consider value when developing software, the reaction is, “Well, what do you mean by value?” In 2019, businesses … continue reading

premium Report: New approaches to software development will disrupt the status quo

The year 2019 will bring new approaches to increase software development productivity and better align development teams and organizations, according to a recent report by research firm Forrester. Among the new approaches are cloud native, value stream management and artificial intelligence-based tools. “New platforms for cloud-native app architectures, value stream management tools, and infusing artificial … continue reading

Beware the red-yellow-green report: The shift from project management to Value Stream Management

Project manager Adam sends his boss a status update for the weekly project status report. Adam’s project is delayed due to conflicting priorities with other projects, so he marks the schedule portion of the report red — an accurate reflection due to a missed milestone. Because of the delay, there will likely be a budget … continue reading

CollabNet VersionOne, Parasoft partnership brings automated testing to value stream management

With the goal of bringing automated testing into value stream management, CollabNet VersionOne and Parasoft today announced a partnership that will offer integration of their tools. “It’s a great fit,” said CollabNet VersionOne CEO Flint Brenton. “Less than 50 percent, around 35 percent, of our customers are doing automated testing.” That type of testing can … continue reading

CollabNet VersionOne introduces new solution for Value Stream Management

CollabNet VersionOne announced the latest release of its VS solution at the 2018 Agile conference happening in San Diego this week. VS aims to provide insight, visibility and traceability into the code to revenue value stream. The latest release is designed to enable the practice of Value Stream Management at the enterprise level. “This release … continue reading

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