UrbanCode Velocity

Looking Ahead to Value Stream Management in 2020

By every measure, 2019 was a breakout year for Value Stream Management – it was the hot request from our customers and a focus of analysts, industry media and conferences. Driven by the need to ensure we’re connecting technology investments to business value, VSM is helping to ensure the promise of Agile + DevOps is realized and customers successfully navigate the journey of digital transformations.

This year was all about defining VSM and establishing a baseline of metrics underpinning the concepts. Leaders have begun to quickly realize that metrics are only the beginning. Yes, you need to know your lead time, deployment frequency, MTTR and change fail rate and how they are trending. But more importantly, you need to know what is driving them and how to improve them. The best approach and tooling to VSM will enable you to take action immediately, whether it be through stand-ups, retrospectives, or real-time during release orchestration.

In 2020, we expect the industry to take another leap forward in this area as organizations move from experimentation and piloting to enterprise adoption. Our UrbanCode leadership team shared some additional predictions for 2020.

Brian Muskoff, Director of DevOps Strategy

“The concept of shift left is still just an aspiration in most organizations today. Security and quality efforts are often in silos and require waterfall management practices. VSM provides a better framework for operationalizing and streamlining these functions into Agile + DevOps processes. Ultimately, industry leaders will move to AI-enabled, data-driven decisions throughout the release process including automated gating and governance.”

Steve Boone, Head of UrbanCode Product Management

“I think that 2020 will be a year where companies start to take inventory of “everything” they have in their software portfolio, and perform a bit of spring cleaning. I also see companies looking to consolidate where they can, and asking themselves, “Why support four automation frameworks, if I can manage our technology stack(s) on one?” With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions, and what better way for teams to commit to being better than by taking responsibility for their value streams? You can’t improve what you can’t measure, so I fully expect teams will pay close attention to their own metrics, in an effort to better understand how they can approve, and to make sure their work is aligned appropriately with the business.”

Chris Nowak, Director of Advisory & Adoption

“2020 is the year where companies either crash and burn because they were foolish enough to retain parochial and naïve views about how the world works, or they become heroes by embracing Value Stream and organizational behavior changes.”

Bryant Schuck, UrbanCode Velocity Product Manager

“In 2020, we will build upon the changes and learnings from 2019. We will see more and more teams start moving into that elite category by being able to use VSM to make quick decisions and direct changes to fix bottlenecks and wait states in their value stream.”


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