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Value Stream Management

Value Stream Management (VSM) is used to chart and understand the critical steps in a specific process, quantifying the time and volume taken at each stage, to identify key constraints like slow hand-off interactions.
Helen Beal, Chief Ambassador for the Institute, shares this comprehensive presentation that demonstrates combining the power of DevOps with Value Stream Management provides unparalleled insights into the progress of DevOps adoption.

Optimizing DevOps Workflows

As Wikipedia describes Value Stream Mapping is a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from the beginning until it reaches the customer.

CMU explores the relationship between DevOps and value stream mapping, both of which are rooted in the Lean approach to systems and workflow.

Software development teams often face challenges such as delays, inefficiencies, and quality issues. Value Stream Management offers a systematic approach to analyzing, optimizing, and visualizing the flow of work in the software development lifecycle.

A value stream map is a visual tool that displays all critical steps in a specific process and easily quantifies the time and volume taken at each stage. By implementing VSM practices, teams can streamline their development processes, identify bottlenecks, and optimize workflows. 

Whole System Design: By mapping the flow of processes teams can develop an understanding of their end-to-end organizational flows, and from this identify and eliminate system-level bottlenecks, an approach central to the Theory of Constraints.

The Partner Directory includes Vendors and Consultants who provide technologies and professional services for implementing Value Stream Management.

Best Practices

An ongoing article series on implementing value stream management best practices.

How CIOs can use value stream management to adopt a digital-first mindset.
A foundation for ‘Software Factories’ can be achieved by leveraging the same Lean Manufacturing principles used by them to optimize production rates.

Mapping DevOps value streams enables the team to understand how work flows through the different functions, right from idea inception through to deployment.

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