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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 Norman MigliettaLeave a Comment

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 Norman MigliettaLeave a Comment

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 MenonLeave a Comment

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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Recession and Value Stream Management — Is There a Connection?

In Agile Transformation, ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by Andrew FuquaLeave a Comment

At the 2022 agile conference in Nashville on July 18-22, someone asserted that Value Stream Management (VSM) is more important now that we’re in a recession because companies need to redouble their efforts on efficiency. Then the discussion turned to whether or not we are in a recession. I guess that’s what’s on the mind of many, for good reason. But I argued against the whole premise of the statement, both that it’s important because of the recession, and that the goal is efficiency. My position was, and is, that the recession is irrelevant when it comes to value stream …

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The Surprising Reality About Software Process Bottlenecks (and How to Address Them More Effectively)

In ConnectALL, Value Stream Management, Value Stream Metrics by ConnectALL MarketingLeave a Comment

Note: Originally published on LinkedIn Many people liken bottlenecks in software delivery to bottlenecks in manufacturing, and that isn’t an unreasonable comparison. Nevertheless, there are significant differences, not the least of which is that manufacturing bottlenecks tend to be easily identifiable. This is largely due to the measured nature of manufacturing where work flows through specific cells, and it’s pretty evident when one gets jammed up. Software bottlenecks are more complicated to diagnose and resolve because they aren’t always obvious. For example, one process might be two weeks behind, but if it’s at the end of the delivery cycle and …

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Not Everything That is Necessary Adds Value

In Business Value, ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by Lance KnightLeave a Comment

Note: Originally published on DevOps.com Since the Lean production method for manufacturing arose in the 1930s, organizations everywhere have been seeking ways to apply it to reduce waste and increase productivity. This model has served thousands of companies well, from manufacturing and product design to software development. Yet, one difficulty that comes up when discussing or applying Lean in software development is the debate about what is and isn’t considered value-added work. Some people get defensive when certain activities are labeled non-value-add (NVA). Others argue that if a customer expects an activity and is willing to pay for it, it must be value-add …

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Every Truth You Need to Know About Value Stream Management

In ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by Soumya MenonLeave a Comment

Every year, the software industry is pumped with 10-15 buzzwords. From Big Data, Distributed Cloud, and Artificial Intelligence to Machine Learning, DevOps and Everything as a Service, we have witnessed some of these buzzwords turning into full blown products and services. However, there are some actual practices that are not buzzwords and have been around for decades. One such is Value Stream Management. For several years, ConnectALL’s thought leaders have been talking about how Value Stream Management (VSM), a lean practice, is not new. In fact, every business is applying this at some level or the other while delivering software …

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3 Burning Answers to What are the Value Stream Metrics that Matter

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

Value Stream Metrics: There is no shortage of metrics related to software delivery. From Agile metrics, DevOps, DORA metrics, support, services and operational metrics to lean, value stream, flow metrics, product and predictability metrics, there’s so much hype.  Organizations are not confident in selecting metrics and there’s little acknowledgement that one set of metrics might not be all that an organization needs.  But, where do you start? How do you decide what measurements would help you analyze the health of your value stream and what changes you’d have to make to manage it? In a recent webinar hosted by DevOps.com, …