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.

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

Tasktop announces Viz VSM Portfolio Insights and $100 million in funding

Tasktop announced its new Tasktop Viz VSM Portfolio Insights, which aims to bridge the IT-to-business gap for value stream management. The company also closed $100 million in new funding. According to the company, the VSM Portfolio Insights Dashboard rolls up metrics and analytics generated at the individual product value stream level to the executive plane. … continue reading

VSM in the wild: How to respond and react to change

The benefits of a value stream management (VSM) approach — aligning the business, eliminating waste, and improving delivery — have been realized, but what businesses are still struggling with is taking those promises of VSM and making them a reality. This week’s {virtual} VSM DevCon presented a roundtable panel of diverse perspectives and viewpoints to … continue reading

VSM DevCon opening keynote: What value stream isn’t

Value stream management isn’t a defined process like Scrum. It’s not a specific thing you can adopt with purpose in the way you could a DevOps culture. Value stream management isn’t a tool you can adopt to manage your value stream. These are some of the points made during the ConnectALL opening keynote at the … continue reading

Value Stream Management Consortium launches

A new association has been formed to help advance the adoption of value stream management (VSM). The Value Stream Management Consortium (VSMC) was established by Digital.ai, HCL Software, Plutora, ServiceNow and Tasktop.  “At this stage in the development of value stream management it’s important that we create and foster a community of experts to further … continue reading

{virtual} VSM DevCon returns in March

What is value stream management? Why do I need to do it? How do I get started? Questions like these and more will be answered at the second {virtual} VSM DevCon, taking place on March 10 in a fast-paced, one-day educational format. Value stream management enables organizations to find the areas of inefficiency, bottlenecks and … continue reading

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

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