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What Is
Value Stream Management?

Value stream management (VSM) is a proven lean business technique that focuses on the value of software development and delivery initiatives across an organization’s software development lifecycle (SDLC).

VSM provides a bird’s-eye view of the entire SDLC to better identify and evaluate individual elements of the value stream and analyze data holistically.

What’s a Value Stream?

A value stream includes each key step required in the software development process to deliver a product to the customer.

How Can I Manage Value Streams?

Using value stream management tools, organizations gain wide-angle visibility into the interconnected processes that make up the SDLC, from ideation to software delivery. This enables software development and IT teams to better analyze each touchpoint throughout the value stream to improve workflows, eliminate waste, increase automation, and remain compliant.

What Are the Benefits of Value Stream Management?

Value stream approaches put the customer at the center. They help forward-thinking software development organizations shift from a features-and-functionality approach to a product operating model.

These best practices take an economic view and apply system thinking to build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles. Focusing on alignment, built-in quality, and transparency is essential.

Is VSM Right for My Organization?

At its core, value stream management provides a macro view of the SDLC. It helps organizations discover hidden silos, roadblocks, points of risk, and inefficiencies among cross-functional teams. Once found, these teams can address these issues and focus on maximizing value for customers during each step of development.

Understanding the vital role value stream management plays in scaling Agile and DevOps transformations is essential for software companies of all sizes.

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Why Value Stream Management?

Without holistic data-driven insights from value stream management, it can be challenging to effectively manage modern software development and maximize value delivery.

Providing a view of the entire SDLC, value stream management enables software teams to identify and examine critical elements through the lens of the customer. This perspective also helps teams quickly catch issues or delays, eliminate wasteful activity, and create room for innovation.

What Insights Can Value Stream Management Deliver?

AI-powered root cause analysis identifies bottlenecks that slow down the time to market. When teams find the cause of inefficiencies and waste in development and testing processes, they can improve them to maximize productivity.

With each release, it is important to measure and eliminate the points of risk that can impact product quality. So, teams need to identify risk early. Value stream management helps identify potential downstream process delays before they happen. Trend and data behavior make SDLC processes more predictable, empowering teams to see patterns that might decrease performance across your value stream.

In addition, value stream management can help organizations see how some established practices—such as user interface standardization—impact time to market, risk management, and value generation.


Optimize software


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Today's IT Leaders Need to Answer Critical Questions

To address questions like these it is important to take a holistic point of view. To power your organization’s success you need to understand and quantify the chain reaction impact of any change, no matter how small.

How Does Value Stream
Management Work?

Value stream management harmonizes a company’s critical software development efforts. It provides a holistic lens into the end-to-end software development process across a broad spectrum of variables. It is essential to maximizing business value creation, customer satisfaction, and ultimately, competitive advantage.

What Makes a Good VSM Tool?

A modern, end-to-end value stream management platform doesn’t just provide real-time insights. It also facilitates the ability to take action where and when necessary.

Value stream management platforms are flexible systems that can integrate with your existing toolchains. At the same time they provide extended functionality and capabilities, including predictive AI, smart automation, and continuous quality.

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Value stream management platforms are flexible systems that can integrate with your existing toolchains while providing extended functionality and capabilities including predictive AI, smart automation, and continuous quality.

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