Value stream management principles have helped organizations across the globe leverage lean strategies to optimize their software development processes. However, the benefits from effectively managing value streams are not limited to only software. Value streams exist all around us whether we realize it or not. The goal of this blog post is to help explain how value stream management works in the context of software delivery by applying VSM concepts to an activity we experience every day.
In the past couple of years, there is a rise of VSM adoption to map and track software flow. However, companies aren’t mapping everything necessary to optimize software delivery. The focus on value streams is causing them to ignore or overlook the flow of work. And they are still not achieving the best possible outcomes with VSM. This is significant because the cost of poor-quality software is astronomical. The solution to this profit-killing challenge is to implement a rigorous governance program. In this blog post, we look at what good governance is, how you implement it, and how you make it better.
It’s difficult to manage your value streams effectively if you can’t see them, can’t comprehend them, or aren’t aware of them. What helps — value stream mapping, making work visible, implementing the Kanban method, and a value stream manager. In an organization, different people have different views of the value streams, and potentially conflicting improvement objectives, it is important to share one vision of these streams and align on improvement goals. In this post, we will focus on getting a shared understanding of the streams.
Organizations that are constantly trying to scale their Lean and Agile practices and strategies to increase agility have to evolve the way progress is measured. In this blog, we discuss about how lean practices like Value Stream Management OKR complement each other to help organizations, especially the ones that are in a scaled-agile environment, achieve the larger goal of business outcomes, improving agility and velocity, becoming more predictable by delivering value, and focusing on what matters.
OKR is an approach that organizations of varying sizes use to measure the ongoing health of their processes and align efforts up and down the organizational hierarchy around important improvement opportunities. You might think OKR is a relatively new approach; however, it has been around for decades. The truth of the matter is that scaling Lean-Agile practices requires organizations to evolve the way progress is measured. So instead of focusing only on completion of projects, OKRs help organizations set goals in a trackable manner — tying your project goals to business objectives and measuring the results against the overall objective.
In ConnectALL’s Ultimate Guide to Lean Metrics in Value Stream Management, you’ll learn about the history of VSM and how IT leaders have adapted fundamental lean concepts from over 70 years ago to software delivery today. We’ll take you down a journey of why organizations have adopted multi-tooling strategies in their value streams and why business intelligence platforms are a must-have requirement. We’ll also explore common synchronization patterns between the world’s most popular and widely used application lifecycle management (ALM) and Agile planning tools. Most importantly, this guide is designed to prompt action within your organization.
ConnectALL has helped companies solve simple problems, from synchronizing bugs from Azure DevOps to Micro focus ALM, to much more complex digital transformation efforts involving mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs of business units. With that, our professional services team has helped these companies visualize their tools, people, and processes across those software value streams – while providing actionable recommendations to improve both software delivery speed and quality. Although every organization is unique, we have recorded and documented a common scenario faced by organizations running ServiceNow, Micro Focus ALM, and Atlassian Jira that we will share in this blog post.
Every software development and delivery effort has a value stream. It may not be visible, and it may not be monitored or tracked, but it is present, nonetheless. Learning how to recognize, map and automate your value stream allows you to improve processes, eliminate waste, and ultimately deliver greater value to your customer. All of which leads to a better bottom line. To successfully adapt to new business models in the time of crisis, companies must learn how to properly manage their value stream. That’s where value stream management (VSM) and integration across all the tools in the value stream come into play.