1) Value Stream Identification Workshop
Using a structured, proven facilitated approach for collaborating with stakeholders to identify the operational and development Value Streams and teams of agile teams, the Agile Release Train (ART) can define, build, deploy, release and operate (run) business solutions.
The workshop helps stakeholders optimize the ART design by considering the impact of coordination requirements, dependencies, Epic distribution, and organizational change. Value Stream ARTs cut across the vertical product lines (functional silos), and representatives of these functions must be present when designing the ART as they will significantly reduce time to market by eliminating handoffs, reducing delays, and improving quality.
- How the business works operationally, the people who operate the business, and the systems they use
- The technology landscape, what systems support what operational processes, and how those systems fit together
- Identify the people who develop, support, and maintain the systems.
Outcome - Identify the people who are part of the Agile Release Train (ART)
- Dedicated ART solution architect
- Dedicated ART Product Manager named ideally from the business
- Dedicated RTE for the ART, someone who can lead a team of 50 to 150
- The ART members defined names, roles, and locations
- Product owners and scrum masters identified
Please note that we are identifying the people within the ART, not the team formation, which will happen later.
2) Value Stream Mapping
Value stream mapping is a lean management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning to the customer. At Toyota, it is known as "material and information flow mapping".
Why do we need to map the value stream?
To better understand how the work works. We look for crucial knowledge discovery steps to know how the epics move from idea to launch the value stream. Identify the information flows, coordination and collaboration points and identify candidate areas for improvements.
The next step is to visualize the mapped value stream as a kanban system and use:
- Flow time - Time it tasks for a work item to flow through the value stream.
- Flow rate - The number of items completed per given time period, for example per week.
- Flow load - The number of items in progress.
- Flow quality - the defects that are detected after launch, the number of how-to queries, user journey time, and drop-offs.
- Flow efficiency - total time working on an item, the time the item is waiting. Calculated as total time working/(total time working + total time waiting).
Using the flow measures to improve the flow value to customers continually.
3) Visualise your value stream map as a kanban system
Visualize your value stream map as a kanban system limiting the number of items in progress and measure the flow as above.
4) Relentlessly improve
Using the flow measures and visualization from the kanban system act on the sources of delay, hand-offs, and loopbacks to create a smoother flow of value to better serve the customers and learn faster.
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