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What People Don’t Get About Value Stream Management

In Business Value, ConnectALL, Tech Talk, Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Andrew FuquaLeave a Comment

Note: Originally published on TechBeacon There’s nothing wrong with value stream management (VSM) itself, but there’s plenty wrong with how it’s being considered and discussed by bloggers, industry marketing types, and others, who often conflate it with DevOps and Agile. It’s not the same thing. When you read about value stream management, you need to be able to recognize bogus information when you see it. Here are five things obfuscating the truth about VSM—and what you should be focusing on instead. 1. Misattribution, personification, and wishful thinking The first problem relates to the many unsubstantiated claims about the benefits VSM can provide. Beware of statements that …

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Building DevSecOps With Value Stream Management

In ConnectALL, DevOps, DevSecOps, Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Lance KnightLeave a Comment

Note: Originally published on DevOps.com As teams develop software, testing for potential security risks and flaws is mission-critical, just as it has always been. Yet, cyberattackers continue to exploit code vulnerabilities as open source code remains the foundation for the majority of commercial applications across all industries. Security firms are churning out solutions at an aggressive rate, and both project managers and their teams hope they can purchase some bolt-on tool or license a service to take care of security, painlessly. In the end, vulnerabilities still occur. The most effective pathway to secure software code has always been to eliminate …

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Humans of ConnectALL: Why Eric and His Pet Parrot Plato Joined ConnectALL

In Business Innovation, Value Stream Management by Soumya MenonLeave a Comment

The news about Eric Robertson, an Agile, DevOps and Value Stream Management leader, joining ConnectALL, as SVP Strategic Advisor, has been a sweet surprise to everyone in the family, other industry leaders, analysts and the media. However, a lot of people in the industry have been shaking in their boots too — including competitors.  Eric is known in the industry to bring innovation onto the table and his work at ConnectALL is definitely going to transform the way our customers look at value creation and business outcomes. While Eric got his hands dirty from the word go, I managed to …

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Why you should be using GQM to measure software quality and value

In ConnectALL, Tech Talk, Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Lance KnightLeave a Comment

Note: Originally published on Tech Beacon Organizations have been measuring output in some form and using it to fine-tune their efforts for ages, yet every generation seems to struggle to identify key metrics. In the software realm, since the first bit of software code was executed successfully in 1948, companies have striven to boost their software’s value and quality, often with mixed results. Between 2014 and 2016, in particular, renewed interest in reaching the “pinnacle” of software excellence only seemed to cause confusion, as project managers and their teams argued over what constituted software value. For example, functionality enabled as part of defect …

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ConnectALL Assists in Freeing Freighter from Flow Fiasco

In ConnectALL, Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Tim StilingLeave a Comment

The ship Ever Given was removed from blocking the Suez Canal — how did that happen? One value stream management company played an important role in opening up this critical global supply vein. ConnectALL’s team has worked tirelessly with both the Egyptian authorities and excavation crews on the ground to create strategies to improve the flow of the Suez Canal. While the company normally specializes in optimizing software delivery, this recent event has provided a unique opportunity to apply value stream management concepts to the delivery of physical cargo. In close collaboration with ConnectALL, salvage crews were able to see, measure, and automate the flow of this valuable freight through the canal.

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What Can Super Bowl LV Teach Us About VSM?

In Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Tim StilingLeave a Comment

In the United States, the first Sunday in February is Super Bowl Sunday, perhaps the most famous “unofficial” holiday in America. This year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. We thought it’d be a great idea to analyze this most-loved and most-watched American sport and what it teaches us about value stream management. The purpose of this blog post is to to better understand the best practices associated with effective value stream management. We have outlined how we can utilize the three key steps of value stream management (See, Measure, Automate) to understand the reasons why the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs and how this process can then be applied to improving the outcomes of software delivery.

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Can You See Your End-to-End Value Stream?

In Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Soumya MenonLeave a Comment

Most companies that have adopted value stream management (VSM) to help make work visible haven’t really got it right. Why? To see across the value stream would mean having control over the value stream with an end-to-end view into enterprise workflows, and not just focusing on orchestrating or automating lower-level activities. The challenge in managing these end-to-end value streams is that they inevitably span several systems, some of which are even on the cloud. Without visibility or dynamic flexibility, organizations can’t address issues in a timely fashion.

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Uncovering the Secret to ConnectALL’s Success in 2020

In ConnectALL, Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon1 Comment

We’re often asked, “how did ConnectALL accomplish so much in 2020?! What’s the secret sauce you guys are cooking up over there?”
2020 was an extremely exciting and action-packed year at ConnectALL, with a tidal wave of momentum leading to mentionable and proud moments. ConnectALL is a true pure-play Value Stream Management Solution Platform, as recognized by leading industry analysts. With the world changing to adapt to the pandemic, we set foot into a world of unknowns and have come out a leader. We’ve changed the software landscape by highlighting the unlimited possibilities Lean-Agile practices like value stream management bring to the table. In short, we have set the ball rolling for a new era of making everything agile with a differential human aspect to software development and delivery.