Value Stream Management

Value Stream Management

by VSM Consortium

The most successful physical businesses have excelled at Value Stream Management (VSM) for decades, but its principles and practices are now powering the most successful digital transformations and high performing software delivery.

VSM is the foundation for continually optimizing flow and value realization by providing holistic, actionable insight into value, waste, quality, and velocity across any enterprise. VSM provides the missing link to connect cost and revenue, development and operations, business and tech. Excelling at VSM enables optimal organizational performance, and effective assessment is the cornerstone progress.

Created by:
Steve Pereira
Steve Pereira VSM Consortium

Holistic Performance Visibility

Value Stream Management extends and deepens the best of agile and DevOps principles and practices. It does this by extending visibility to the full range of each value-contributing activity from inception to customer value realization. VSM provides measurement for key metrics across value, quality, waste, velocity, and more.

Survey Your Landscape to Navigate with Confidence

The comparative VSM survey represents where a team sees its progress across a full value stream management implementation journey. Capable teams can track, improve, and design workflow that delivers valuable customer outcomes.

The Business-Tech Bridge

The survey reveals how your teams perceive their place across key dimensions of Value Stream Management. Use this insight as a basis for powerful, effective conversations across every contributor to customer value.

Value Stream Will Define the Future of DevOps

Value Stream Management is a field that encompasses a number of practices and techniques to organize, map, measure, manage, improve, govern, and accelerate the flow of measurable outcomes to the customer. It makes work visible and in doing so surfaces insights into where delays, waste, and non-value adding work can be removed in order to improve customer experience.

“Leaders must focus on value stream management to maximize flow, improve delivery efficiency and drive innovation.” Gartner 2020
Map Your Path to Value

Navigate Value Stream Management

Start
1. Start

Get going from wherever you are.

Vision
2. Vision

Set your long-term vision and goals.

Identify
3. Identify

Identify your value streams—anything that delivers a product or service. You’re aiming to accelerate the flow of value to the customer.

Organize
4. Organize

Find the people accountable for every step in each value stream.

Map
5. Map

Bring the players in your value stream together for a mapping exercise. Find where the idea starts, and track every step until the value is delivered.

Connect
6. Connect

Connect the parts of your DevOps toolchain aligned to the steps in your value stream map and start getting real-time data and insights into your value stream flow.

Inspect
7. Inspect

You’re automated your value stream map, now use it! Set goals for your value stream and use retrospectives to determine where you are.

Adapt
8. Adapt

Use your insights to design and perform experiments that adapt and optimize your flow so you can continually delight your customers.

Sample Survey Items

Our team regularly reviews the metrics around flow, throughput, WiP, and delivery.

We have identified our key drivers/pains for Value Stream Management (VMS).

Our leadership is more focused on long-term outcomes than short-term outcomes.

We have defined the types of work our value stream has to manage.

Our teams are organized around products, not projects.

We have an experienced and engaging mapping facilitator available.

We can trace work from start to finish in our value stream using data from our tools.

We use metrics to measure the efficiency of our value stream and continually improve and adapt.

We have a clear understanding of how to improve value stream performance.

Sample Survey Items

Our team regularly reviews the metrics around flow, throughput, WiP, and delivery.

We have identified our key drivers/pains for Value Stream Management (VMS).

Our leadership is more focused on long-term outcomes than short-term outcomes.
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Top Features

Leverage proven, peer-reviewed research to quickly identify where your organization needs attention and initiate informed intervention.

Adopt a common language around flow, value, measurement, and holistic performance that enables powerful progress.

Gain insights into hidden gaps and validation of assumptions—perform analysis at the team, program, and organizational levels.

Benchmark Value Stream Management adoption across your teams and organization against other organizations in your industry.

Leverage proven, peer-reviewed research to quickly identify where your organization needs attention and initiate informed intervention.

Adopt a common language around flow, value, measurement, and holistic performance that enables powerful progress.

Gain insights into hidden gaps and validation of assumptions—perform analysis at the team, program, and organizational levels.

Benchmark Value Stream Management adoption across your teams and organization against other organizations in your industry.

Steve Pereira

Steve Pereira

Psychologist

Steve Pereira is a board advisor to the VSM Consortium, CEO of Visible Value Stream Consulting, co-creator of the VSM Foundation Course, and an upcoming book on VSM.

He’s been an active facilitator through his DevOps Toronto community since 2010. He co-created a community for Flow and Value Stream Management in 2019, and later joined the VSMC as an advisor and contributor where he strives to make VSM easier to adopt, implement, and scale.

For the past 20 years, his focus has been on using collaborative mapping techniques to guide ambitious and struggling teams towards their true north. He’s a former startup CTO, agency consultant, systems and release engineer, finance IT manager, tech support phone jockey, and pizza maker. He remains obsessed with the flow of work across organizations.

Steve Pereira can be reached by clicking here.

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