Future-Proofing Software Delivery with Value Stream Management

(Supported article) It is desirable – if not necessary – to introduce positive change at high speed, with low risk, at any time. It’s a major topic of digital transformation wherever you look. So, is there a mechanism – a process – available today that integrates that mindset into the broader transformational picture? I think there is.

As organizations adapt their IT strategies to fit the new normal, remember that there was no “old normal”. Change is constant and inevitable – today’s development methods and tools are unrecognizable 10 years ago.

They will change again, so keeping the lights on today while preparing for the future at the same time can feel overwhelming. Future delivery of audit programs ticks both boxes. The key to this is Value Stream Management (VSM).

In this article, I explain how VSM operations help the organization successfully manage the cost and value of application delivery now, while supporting digital transformation in the future. In other words, helping you run today and change tomorrow.

Value Stream Management: What it is and what it does

VSM is an increasingly transformative approach that applies principles trusted and refined over many years in the broader manufacturing of digital product delivery.

VSM builds on modern Agile and DevOps practices by keeping projects focused on value. It tracks and manages this value throughout the flow of change, from concept to completion. Organizations use VSM to determine, present, and validate the value of each product change.

An organization has many value streams, each of which corresponds to the deliverables of a product. Each stream provides insight into the definition, creation, delivery, and value of the validation model. This enables the organization to align IT delivery with business demand, while optimizing the product value flow.

Waterfall to Agile: A Brief History of Operations

InformationWeek readers will know that software development and delivery methodologies, technologies, and approaches have gradually moved away from the waterfall and toward DevOps, cloud-based environments, agile project management, and test automation.

Testing has shifted “to the left” and adoption of Git-based version control systems, which are compatible with Continuous Integration build systems, has transformed deliveries into continuous daily or weekly software updates.

But products and plug-ins make managing agile processes more complex. The global post-pandemic workforce means dispersed teams that use different tools. So how can an organization reveal the additional information generated by more development and testing tools and environments, and extract value from that data?

Agile focuses more on the collaborative team environment rather than value delivery. Similarly, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) practices cannot track the flow of product delivery or friction across multiple tools and technologies.

Value Stream Management difference

Value streams leverage agile development with CI/CD, continuous testing, and editing formatting. Completes VSM Agile by monitoring cost, flow, and waste or friction detection during throughput to identify potential areas for improvement.

Successful companies don’t do blind faith. Instead, they use value metrics to evaluate operations, identify cost-cutting opportunities, improve delivery times, and, most importantly, validate the business value of each change.

This is where VSM makes a difference. Suddenly, tools and platforms focus on creating value, and product delivery is aligned with the highest value requirements. Implementing a positive change now also checks two boxes in the Play and Transform checklist.

  • He runs: Accelerate application delivery by extending existing Agile and DevOps practices across all your environments, from the mainframe to the cloud, to maintain delivery speed requirements while running your operations.
  • Transformation: Empower your organization to transform by combining the principles of value flow and enterprise scale to make the software factory smarter and more efficient.

Data collection made easy

The road to digital transformation will be paved with data, but various information gathering tools make the collection process more complex, especially when some components are outsourced.

Therefore, VSM helps organizations ingest and analyze data from multiple sources to identify trends, bottlenecks, correlations, and anomalies, fueling continuous improvement that supports successful IT organizations in the future.

VSM helps companies manage and transform

Simply put, VSM Central is a win/win for an organization looking to operate, transform, and improve today as it plans for the future. From the start, VSM automation integrates data from various value management tools across the pipeline, possibly as part of a digital transformation strategy.

Like we said, while change is inevitable, progress is not. But increasing efficiencies from tools ensures that current life cycle processes and future modernization efforts deliver value. The VSM Center is a mainstay today, and a transformative catalyst for tomorrow.

To accelerate your application delivery today and tomorrow, explore Micro Focus solutions today.

Julian Fish leads the product strategy for app release regulation within Micro Focus. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, ranging from quality assurance and working in diverse areas such as infrastructure management, database management, software development, release engineering and IT operations. Julian has helped many large organizations move their development and release management processes from traditional to continuous delivery-based approaches. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Geology from the University of Leicester in England.


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