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Driving DevOps with Value Stream Management

By : Cecil 'Gary' Rupp
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Driving DevOps with Value Stream Management

By: Cecil 'Gary' Rupp

Overview of this book

Value Stream Management (VSM) opens the door to maximizing your DevOps pipeline investments by improving flows and eliminating waste. VSM and DevOps together deliver value stream improvements across enterprises for a competitive advantage in the digital world. Driving DevOps with Value Stream Management provides a comprehensive review and analysis of industry-proven VSM methods and tools to integrate, streamline, and orchestrate activities within a DevOps-oriented value stream. You'll start with an introduction to the concepts of delivering value and understand how VSM methods and tools support improved value delivery from a Lean production perspective. The book covers the complexities of implementing modern CI/CD and DevOps pipelines and then guides you through an eight-step VSM methodology with the help of a use case showing an Agile team's efforts to install a CI/CD pipeline. Free from marketing hype or vendor bias, this book presents the current VSM tool vendors and customer use cases that showcase their products' strengths. As you advance through the book, you'll learn four approaches to implementing a DevOps pipeline and get guidance on choosing the best fit. By the end of this VSM book, you'll be ready to develop and execute a plan to streamline your software delivery pipelines and improve your organization's value stream delivery.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Section 1:Value Delivery
Section 2:VSM Methodology
Section 3:VSM Tool Vendors and Frameworks
Section 4:Applying VSM with DevOps

Phase 3 – leveling

At this point, the VSM team has conducted a series of Gemba walks to collect information they used for their value stream mapping exercises. They have built a current state map and future state maps to guide improvements in meeting customer demand and implementing continuous flows. The last future state map they will construct helps guide improvements in production leveling.

Leveling is a strategy that's used to distribute the work required to support our customers' demands over time. Our goal is to continuously feed our value stream with new customer orders, at the rate of the Takt time, so that we don't lose production time while waiting for new orders to arrive and have other times where the value stream contains more work than it can take on.

In an ideal state, production leveling aims to produce the same number of items consistently and just at the rate of the Takt time. Unfortunately, customer orders don't often come in as...