Businesses run on a different path today\u2014margins are tighter, competition is intense, data is the new capital, and virtually every business is a software business to one degree or another. Organizations must generate value like never before, while developing their own metrics and applications. That affects the entire software delivery lifecycle.\nModern businesses must achieve and maintain visibility into the software development processes, while monitoring and measuring their efficacy. They also need to automate manual workflows to save both time and expense and to reduce errors. This is the charge of value stream management (VSM).\n\u201cThe art of managing your value stream, and making sure you\u2019re delivering value throughout the entire process, is truly a human endeavor,\u201d says Lance Knight, president and chief operating\u00a0officer of ConnectALL, a value stream management company that helps companies see,\u00a0measure, and automate their software delivery value streams.\nAs enterprises continue innovating in support of their digital transformation initiatives, VSM emphasizes the need for greater value from software development.\n\u201cIn software development, value streams are becoming more important, but they are rarely optimized,\u201d says Knight. \u201cA company might start with Agile development and they\u2019ll adopt DevOps, but they never look at the development lifecycle in a holistic way.\u201d\nThe need for a VSM roadmap\nApplying value stream management to digital transformation helps organizations ensure their development processes are delivering value. Without VSM, everything slows down and workflows become less effective, Knight says. That\u2019s not a good business outcome when \u201ctime to market is critical,\u201d he says.\nYet, applying VSM is not without challenges. First, companies must understand what value stream management is and where they need help in implementing it.\n\u201cIt's not about a tool or solution,\u201d Knight says. \u201cIt\u2019s about knowledge \u2014 where to get the necessary development training, how to understand the systems, ways to think about lean principles and how to use them,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s about humans applying value stream management.\u201d\nWhile VSM is indeed a human endeavor, a VSM platform can help modern businesses automate and optimize the processes of envisioning, implementing, and delivering software to drive their business initiatives. VSM helps organizations improve the quality and expedite the delivery of software with the ultimate goal of generating more positive business outcomes.\u00a0\nEnterprises should take a phased \u201csee, measure, automate\u201d approach:\n\nSee the value stream and gain full visibility\nMeasure the efficiency of each process\nAutomate repetitive processes\n\nThe approach starts with mapping value streams to understand the flow of work and how to prioritize each work task as it moves through the system. Then you can uncover inefficiencies, measure how long it took, and solicit feedback.\n\u201cAs an executive, imagine this world where you can see and truly understand the status of any initiative,\u201d says Knight. \u201cYou\u2019re collecting data throughout, and you can actually see things moving through a process from an executive point of view.\u201d\nTo learn more about value stream management and how to get started, click here.