The Six Critical Features of a Value Stream Management Solution
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What is Value Stream Management (VSM) in software delivery?
VSM, which brings lean principles into software development and delivery, involves taking a look at all the steps in the software delivery value stream — from idea to production — identifying silos, bottlenecks, and other inefficiencies in the flow of work to the customer receiving the product, reducing time-to-market, increasing throughput, improving product quality, and achieving the desired business outcomes.
To begin to optimize flow of work, which involves value stream mapping, an organization should be able to identify all the value-adding steps and the ones that are creating waste across the software delivery value stream.
A value stream map enumerates every step of the software delivery value stream. Value stream mapping begins by bringing all the stakeholders from across the value stream to think of one vision to capture all the activities in the software delivery process.
What are the items that flow through a software delivery value stream?
Value stream mapping involves looking at all the items that flow through the software delivery value stream and how the information flows end-to-end.
Typically, the items that flow through a software delivery value stream are the ones that, when delivered or resolved, add value to your customers either directly or indirectly.