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.

A guide to value stream management solutions

ConnectALL is a value stream management company dedicated to helping customers achieve higher levels of agility, traceability, predictability and velocity. We do this by connecting people, processes and technology across the software development and delivery value stream, enabling companies to align digital initiatives to business outcomes and improve the speed at which they deliver software. … continue reading

What do you need to be successful at value stream management, and how can you help?

Lance Knight, COO for the value stream integration platform ConnectALL The goal is to help you understand software delivery, to look at things through the lens of a value stream, to look for ways to remove dependencies, understand where your bottlenecks are, and do that from a business value mindset.  If I can bring in … continue reading

Value stream management will be a driving force behind successful businesses in 2021

If 2020 taught businesses anything, it is that they need to be able to adapt at any moment if they want to stay competitive and be successful. But in order to do that, they need actionable insight into what is going on throughout the entire organization and how that is translating into business value. Mik … continue reading

Tasktop Viz updated with leading indicator analytics and smart model application

Tasktop is updating its Tasktop Viz solution to give organizations more ways to connect their software delivery processes to their business outcomes. The latest release focuses on real-time, data-driven metrics and on-demand expert advice.  A key feature of the release is the addition of leading indicator analytics, which will alert business leaders to any problems … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Bullet Train

This week’s featured open-source project is Bullet Train, which enables developers to manage feature flags across web, mobile, and server side applications.  The application consists of three components: the Server-Side REST API, the Front End Administration Web Interface, and Client Libraries.  The Server Side API is written in Python and is based on Django and … continue reading

What unique capabilities to look for in newer DevOps value stream management platforms

The adoption of value stream management platforms is especially needed in DevOps environments. According to Gartner, “Organizations lack end-to-end visibility into product delivery and struggle to improve their flow of value. I&O leaders, together with application leaders, must implement a DevOps value stream management platform and analyze value stream metrics to optimize the overall health … continue reading

Learning to see your value

There is a lot of talk these days about value stream management. Much of the hype is about getting the right VSM Platform. It’s about the tooling. I try to cut through the hype in my post “What Value Stream Management Isn’t.”  In that post I make the point that value streams exist whether you … continue reading

A BizOps Manifesto aims to close gap between business, IT

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Live long and prosper: New roles for survival in a digital-first world

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Results from HCL Software's VSM survey

Survey: Early VSM adopters reaping benefits

In the software development industry, value stream management (VSM) is a relatively new concept. While it’s been used in physical manufacturing for decades, it’s application within software development poses unique challenges, in that the product is always changing and — in a more esoteric sense — software development is not linear. So it’s not surprising … continue reading

What value stream management isn’t

There are a few definitions of “value stream management” floating around out there. Most seem pretty good, but they are necessarily very broad and maybe vague. That’s because value stream management is a very broad concept. Given the hype around these 3 words, and how it’s often shortened to 2 words, there is a lot … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Git 2.28.0, Kotlin 1.4.0-RC, and Digital.ai’s VSM partner program

The latest update of Git is now available.The update brings a new ‘init.defaultBranch’ feature as well as changed-path Bloom filters, which are a huge boon for performance in lots of Git commands, according to the team.  Starting in Git 2.28, ‘git init’ will instead look at the value of ‘init.defaultBranch’ when creating the first branch … continue reading

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