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The Role of DevOps Feedback Loops in Your Value Stream

In Value Stream Management by Lance KnightLeave a Comment

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.

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3 Easy Steps for Using VSM in Everyday Life

In Value Stream by Tim StilingLeave a Comment

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.

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Why value stream management success hinges on flow, governance

In Value Stream Management by Lance KnightLeave a Comment

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.

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Learning to see your value

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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.

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How VSM and OKRs Complement Each Other to Drive Business Value

In Value Stream Management by Soumya MenonLeave a Comment

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.

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Objectives and Key Results: Not Just a Means to an End for Businesses

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

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.

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The Ultimate Guide to Lean Metrics in Value Stream Management (2020 Version)

In ConnectALL, Value Stream by CJ HenryLeave a Comment

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.

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The Value Stream Management Triad: ITSM, QA, and Maintenance

In ConnectALL, Value Stream by Johnathan McGowanLeave a Comment

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.