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.

Getting around roadblocks to VSM metrics

While many organizations think they have value stream management, they are encountering roadblocks to gain the metrics they need from it, according to Laureen Knudsen, chief transformation officer at Broadcom in the talk “Maneuvering around VSM roadblocks” at {virtual} VSMcon 2022.  A recent study by Broadcom found that 88% of people say they are doing … continue reading

Turning IT into a value center using VSMP and VSDP solutions

For many organizations, IT has historically been viewed as a cost center. However, using value stream management programs (VSMP) and value stream delivery platforms (VSDP) can help to transform IT into a value center. In his talk at {virtual} VSMcon 2022, Akshay Sharma, CTO at Kovair Software discussed this journey and offered some tips in … continue reading

Cross-talk hurts VSM adoption

Value stream management has a messaging problem. That was a key takeaway from the recent {virtual} VSMcon 2022, hosted by SD Times last month. What is a value stream? What is value? Which metrics matter? Is it a tooling thing? A people thing? We empaneled some industry experts at the conference to look at the … continue reading

Practical wins you can achieve with value stream management

Value stream management sounds great in theory, but the path to implementing it can seem daunting if you’re trying to do it all at once. It requires cooperation from different organizations in the business, adoption of new practices, and adoption of new technologies to facilitate it. At {virtual} VSMcon 2022, Bob Davis, chief marketing officer at … continue reading

Solving miscommunication issues that slow down business objectives

As a software leader, it can be difficult to provide executive teams with concrete evidence to show that company objectives and OKRs are being met. This can lead to a great deal of miscommunication between the two entities and result in a lack of trust between executives and software teams. In his session at {virtual} … continue reading

How these tools facilitate value stream management

We asked these tool providers to share more information on how their solutions help companies with their value streams. Their responses are below. Laureen Knudsen, chief transformation officer at Broadcom ValueOps from Broadcom is the leading Value Stream Management Platform that allows large organizations to deploy and execute a “true” value stream management strategy. Only … continue reading

Top 3 predictions for value stream management in 2022

Digital transformation remains critical for today’s enterprises. According to a recent survey, 96% of organizations are in the midst of a digital transformation initiative. The problem is that about the same percentage of organizations are contending with a significant challenge that stifles these transformations. Digital transformations place a significant onus on optimized product delivery, which … continue reading

Value stream intelligence

Metrics are great. They give you insight into how your systems are running, and help you see the results of what you’ve done. They help you derive value from your efforts. But what if you want to not merely play catch-up with what the metrics are telling you, but instead want to mitigate against how … continue reading

Broadcom adds investment planning, Agile management to its ValueOps solution

In an attempt to bring the concept of value stream beyond DevOps operations roles, Broadcom today announced an update to its ValueOps software that brings investment management and Agile management into its solution. Broadcom is integrating its Clarity investment planning software and its Rally Agile management software to provide visibility and metrics to all stakeholders … continue reading

Improve operational efficiency with value calculators

One of the most powerful tools in helping people understand the value of changing the way they build and deploy systems is to quantify the benefit of making the change.  While the math of quantification can be intimidating to many, we use calculators as a matter of course for many of the economics-based decisions in … continue reading

Digital.ai Platform

Digital.ai Platform brings artificial intelligence to value stream management

Digital.ai today announced a new AI-powered end-to-end solution for bridging the gap between software delivery and business outcomes. The new Digital.ai Platform is meant to be a next-generation intelligent value stream solution that accelerates value, increases efficiency and reduces risks for enterprises. The company explained adding AI into the new solution will help teams find and … continue reading

Challenging the way we organize around value

Value streams are not a new concept, having been talked about over 30 years ago by Dr. Allen Ward, the author of “Lean Product and Process Development,” but until the last few years, there has been tremendous variability in how people define value streams. With the rise of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), more and … continue reading

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