Driving DevOps with Value Stream Management: Micro Review

Value Streams are one of the most important concepts in lean software development and DevOps. Most DevOps practitioners suggest understanding & mapping your software as a starting point for DevOps. Value Streams also form the foundation for Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) — one of the most widely adopted agile scaling frameworks.

So it was time for VSM to get the treatment it deserved in a book that I would recommend only second to the DevOps Handbook.

It's a comprehensive take on VSM with 600+ pages & 4 sections. The author delves into many aspects of VSM and is pretty comprehensive in terms of the topics covered. The first section delves into basic concepts around value delivery, lean-agile thinking, systems thinking & an overview of VSM tools and methods. The second section is interesting as it delves into the VSM methodology itself and lays out a 7 step process that describes the methodology. I found the methodology pretty comprehensive and one of the few of its kind in terms of guidance, examples, and tools. Section 3 is a good overview of the fast-growing landscape of VSM tools, frameworks, and vendors. Section 4 rounds it out with tips from practitioners, thought leaders, and DevOps specific advice on leveraging VSM.

If you are a practitioner, the book fills out the gaps in knowledge or rounds out your overall understanding of the topic. The book is a must-have in your library and is also a testament to the growing authoritative knowledge base and material on the various aspects of digital transformation in Enterprise IT.

Avid Reader, Senior Tech Leader, Strategist, Architect, Engineer experienced in leading large scale Digital Transformation for global Fortune 500 corporations.