Web Analytics
Select Page

The ReleaseTEAM Blog: Here's what you need to know...

What is Value Stream Management?

Part 1 of a series:

Regardless of whether your organization creates widgets or software, reducing time-to-market for a product or service that provides value to customers is a common goal. In software development, both Agile and DevOps methodologies have successfully sped up delivery through accelerated development and removal of silos between developers and operations. Value stream management (VSM) goes beyond these methodologies to look at the software delivery life cycle from end to end.

The value stream concept predates DevOps methodology and is most closely associated with lean manufacturing. In a manufacturing environment, companies trace and document every step in their manufacturing process to identify and eliminate waste. Using that information, they can identify and eliminate sources of bottlenecks, fixing one and then moving on to the next inefficiency.

What does value stream management mean in the world of software development? Forrester defines VSM as the “combination of people, process, and technology that maps, optimizes, and governs business value flow (including epics, stories, and work items) through heterogeneous enterprise software delivery pipelines.” In a Forbes Technology Council submission, Flint Brenton states that VSM as “offers a unique view of the software delivery life cycle through the customer experience lens, to better align with business objectives and scale agile and DevOps transformations. ”

Value stream management not only aims to shorten time-to-market, but increase productivity, improve quality, and optimize the entire software delivery life cycle to meet business objectives. This means examining and measuring activities outside of the development and delivery phases. Our partners over at Tasktop have created this handy view of the value stream:

Figure 1: Value Stream (The Age of Value Stream Management, by Tasktop)

In our next blog, we’ll start outlining common measurements and metrics used in value stream management.

Join Our Mailing List

Let's Talk DevOps!

Call: (866)-887-0489
Email: info@releaseteam.com

Veteran-Owned Business Badge

Corporate HQ

1499 W. 120th Avenue
Suite 110
Westminster, CO 80234
720-887-0489

Massachusetts

1257 Worcester Rd.
Suite 108
Framingham, MA 01701
866-887-0489

Canada

PMB# 604
1-110 Cumberland St.
Toronto, ON M5R 3V5
866-887-0489