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Celebrating Women in Technology: The Betty Knight ConnectALL Technology Scholarship Takes Its Second Stride

In ConnectALL, Tech Talk, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

For every woman that made the history books, there were many others who simply made history. One of these was Elizabeth “Betty” Amelia Roller Knight. ConnectALL continues to commemorate all the women in technology by funding a scholarship to the University of North Georgia (UNG) in honor of technology pioneer Betty Knight.

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Best Value Stream Management Tool: What Is ConnectALL’s Secret Sauce?

In Business Value, ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Druker, the management guru who thought about Agile even before it existed. This is the simple principle that has driven a value stream management (VSM) company to build an army of Agile workforce and create solutions that enable software development companies to remove waste and become more predictable. As in the words of its President & COO Lance Knight, “You see waste, eliminate it. But, first, you need visibility. And ConnectALL will enable you to do just that.” ConnectALL, a value stream …

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Control the Flow in Your Software Delivery Value Stream Like Never Before: Introducing Logic Flow Adapters and Other Advanced Automation Capabilities in ConnectALL v2.11

In Business Value, ConnectALL, Product Updates, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

In a rapidly changing, chaotic, and unpredictable software world, the need is to empower humans to visualize and control a business’s flow from customer requests to customer usage. Leading companies are becoming predictable by implementing value stream management (VSM) and according to a leading analyst firm, 93% of companies will adopt or expand their value stream management use by 2024. With companies adopting VSM as a means to improve flow across their software delivery value stream, visibility needs to be simplified rather than complicated. To meet this challenge and empower users like never before, ConnectALL, the value stream management company, …

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Improving Your Team’s Performance Begins with Understanding Everyone Else’s Metrics

In ConnectALL, Value Stream Management, Value Stream Metrics by Soumya Menon

What are your most critical metrics for your job? What is your performance evaluated upon? These you know because they’re most likely tied to your performance evaluation, perhaps they’re tied to a bonus or merit increase. Now think about your colleagues in other departments. What are the most important metrics for them and how they’re being evaluated? Are your goals and metrics aligned? Are they competing?  Like most people, you probably haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about those questions, after all, you have a job to do and that can be overwhelming in and of itself. However, since …

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Recession or No Recession? Or Are We Already in One? How to Better Prepare for Both

In Business Innovation, Business Value, ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times…or in our case, what kind of times are we in? I just had two completely different phone calls this morning. One was with a highly qualified prospect and the other was with a client up for renewal. Both companies are in the U.S., operate in the same vertical and size of $500M – $1B, and have the same pain points of siloed teams, disparate tools, and unknown bottlenecks. But when it came to their approach about how to handle the economic uncertainties we are all in, they had …

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How Value Stream Automation Helps Regulated Industries Deliver Software at Breakneck Speed

In Regulated Industries, Tool integration, Value Stream Automation, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

In the last decade, there has been a 10-20% increase in the number of regulations in the U.S. alone across a range of industries, according to RegData’s Industry Regulation Index.  This development makes finance and insurance, transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing the most regulated industries in the U.S. on a federal level, among others — leading to Unique challenges regarding compliance and risk management High volumes of data Navigation of rapidly shifting requirements And shockingly, a high percentage of companies in the regulated industries, even today, manage critical compliance data on spreadsheets — despite the adoption of Agile, DevOps, and lean …

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Six Ways Value Stream Tool Integration Can Improve Your Software Quality

In Test Management, Tool integration, Value Stream Automation by Soumya Menon

Testing and quality assurance (QA) in software delivery has never been easy for any enterprise. QA teams need traceability and visibility into requirements as they are being created. The lack of which leads to siloed processes, disparate systems, non-alignment to customer requirements and business goals, delayed product releases, poor customer support and service, and even defects going into production — all affecting the quality of the software. Fortunately, when lean approaches like Value Stream Management (VSM) are implemented, teams can eliminate manual handoffs via emails, spreadsheets, and meetings. They can also implement techniques, such as automation, that enable information to …

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Why Should Software Development and Delivery Teams Care About OKRs and VSM?

In ConnectALL, OKR, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

Should software development teams bother about Objectives and Key Results (OKR), or is it just a fancy term for another performance evaluation metric?  Let’s clear this right away: the OKR approach is not task or to-do checklists, or performance evaluations; it is not the same as software development KPIs or MBOs, and it definitely is not a project management target.  Despite the perception that executives are the only ones who should worry about OKRs, a well-planned and strategically written OKR — when tied to business outcomes — will have an impact on software development teams. Why? Because an OKR approach …