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Six Things People Hate About Value Stream Management (And Why They Should Be Falling in Love)

In ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by Soumya Menon

“But I hate all those things involved in doing that…thing… What do you call it? Oh yeah, value stream management.”  Now, that’s a friend’s reaction when I told him that he should implement value stream management in his small business of an app that helps children rent bicycles instead of buying them as they grow older. What a brilliant idea! It’s been two years since the app was launched — the team grew from two to 50, costs grew too, and the business had a nominal number of customers. But the app had lots of bugs, delayed updates/releases, performance of …

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Is Value Stream Management Boring? Why The Answer Matters To You

In ConnectALL, Value Stream, Value Stream Management by Lance Knight

If anyone ever tries to tell you that watching mindless YouTube videos is a waste of time, point them to this blog post. Why? Because I realized something very relevant about value stream management (VSM) recently thanks to my wife & YouTube comedian Trey Kennedy. My journey to enlightenment started by watching Trey’s video Wife School, which he did in collaboration with another YouTube comedian (Dude Dad). This video taught me absolutely nothing about VSM.  However, it did help me learn that my wife isn’t the only one who wants new countertops. It also taught me that I’m more of …

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Five Reasons You Must Start Visualizing Your Value Stream Now

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

How many times have you heard this before? Your boss telling you that the organization needs budget cuts, asking you to reduce costs, improve SLAs and quality of products, increase renewal rates and retain customers. And all you have to do is FIX IT! Sounds simple right? Only if it were that easy! You could be in a financial firm trying to find ways to reduce waste and leverage new technology practices to increase efficiency and ultimately drive the business. Or in a healthcare organization constantly faced with challenges around lead time and costs. Or you could be in an …

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Do You Believe Value Stream Management Is a Feature? Why or Why Not?

In ConnectALL, Value Stream Management by ConnectALL Marketing

Lance Knight (COO & President), Andrew Fuqua (SVP of Products), and Eric Robertson (SVP Strategic Advisor) recently had a riveting debate about value stream management (VSM). Here’s a snippet from that video centered around the question: “Do you believe value stream management is a feature? Why or why not?”  Follow along with the video clip or read the transcript, and form your own point of view on the question!   Tim: So our first question of the day and kind of the general theme of what we’re going to be talking about.   Do you believe value stream management is a …

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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 Fuqua

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 Knight

Note: Originally published on 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 Menon

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 Knight

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 …