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.

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

A coalition of software industry leaders today is releasing a BizOps Manifesto, a framework that aims to finally address the need for the business and IT sides of an enterprise to work toward common outcomes that drive the bottom line. In its announcement, the BizOps Coalition said a recent survey showed that more than three-quarters … continue reading

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

Navigating the digital-first world requires organizations to explore new frontiers to deliver more value to their customers. While the tech oligopoly can provide customers with digital solutions at warp speed, traditional enterprises need a little help. Many IT leaders, such as CIOs, are taking proactive measures to improve market response through software by adopting practices … continue reading

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

Industry Watch: BizOps — Bridging the age-old divide

Since my introduction into the software development industry in 1999, there has been one theme underlying all our coverage of tools, processes and methodologies: Getting business and IT to work closer together. At first, this divide was chalked up to the fact that the two sides did not speak the same language. The business side … continue reading

Business and DevOps value streams need better alignment

Digital.ai’s 2020 State of Agile report revealed that over half of its survey respondents either had implemented or were planning to implement value stream management (VSM). But despite its popularity, in many organizations it has fallen into the same trap as many new development methodologies — it’s not being implemented 100% correctly. Often, VSM is … continue reading

Value stream is not as easy as it seems

It is time to start rethinking your value streams.  Lance Knight, COO of ConnectALL, said the industry is making value stream management sound so much simpler than it really is, when in reality it requires teams to start thinking deeper and differently about how their work flows.  The problem is that organizations are looking at … continue reading

The HCL Software DevOps portfolio expands with three major releases

HCL Software expanded its software DevOps team and product portfolio with the releases of three major tools: HCL Accelerate 2.0, HCL Launch 7.1, and HCL OneTest 10.1.  “Digital transformation investments are really accelerating and companies are doubling down here. We see a whole slew of investment in collaboration security tools but Agile, IT, delivery, and … continue reading

Editor’s Blog: Value streams help developers create applications that matter

The effectiveness of software development teams has traditionally been measured by their output — how many lines of code did they write today? How many times was code deployed to production. In short, the measure was speed. The idea that they can move code has always been important. But today, organizations are starting to ask … continue reading

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