While the benefits of Value Stream Management (VSM) are significant, many organizations are struggling to realize its full potential. \n\nTo examine why, we\u2019ve collaborated with the VSM Consortium on a new report, \u201cThe State of Value Stream Management 2022.\u201d This report draws on an extensive survey to reveal where organizations are in their VSM journeys and some of the hurdles they face. According to the report, two-thirds of organizations have been actively engaged in earlier phases of the journey, but only one-third have made it to the latter stages of the process. What\u2019s holding them back? In the sections below, I\u2019ll take a look at a few of the top obstacles confronting teams today, and offer some strategies for overcoming these impediments.\n\nObstacle 1: Resource constraints\n\nWhen asked about barriers to VSM adoption, \u201cNo resources for this\u201d was the top-rated answer, receiving about 20% of responses. Teams making this comment were referring to skills, budget, and time.\n\nLike any strategic initiative, VSM requires time and money to be invested. However, through these investments, teams can see near-term gains and establish the optimization that yields compounding benefits over time. \n\nObstacle 2: Lack of focus\n\nEighteen percent of respondents said their VSM barrier was that \u201cwe have too many other active change programs.\u201d This is understandable. VSM follows on the heels of other large-scale changes, particularly moves to adopt lean, agile, and DevOps.\n\nThe reality is that VSM shouldn\u2019t be seen as additive, as yet another initiative that needs to be supported, detracting from these other priorities. Instead, VSM needs to be viewed as an enabler, an approach that fuels more effective alignment around strategic endeavors and attainment of better business outcomes. \n\nObstacle 3: Lack of leadership\n\nWhen asked about obstacles they were confronting, a significant percentage of respondents indicated that \u201cWe don\u2019t have leadership buy-in\u201d (15%) and \u201cWe don\u2019t have anyone to lead the effort\u201d (11%). This is a logical symptom of the lack of resources many teams are wrestling with.\n\nThe lack of executive buy-in leaves teams without the resources they need and that includes leaders who can help direct VSM efforts.\n\nTo combat these obstacles, leaders need to be engaged and educated about VSM and why it\u2019s an imperative, including: opportunities, steps required, and payoffs. Only after this happens can leadership be brought to bear in terms of the investments and prioritization required. \n\nObstacle 4: Tool proliferation\n\nIn the survey, 9% of respondents said tool proliferation is an obstacle to VSM adoption. Rather than being viewed as another tool that compounds these existing problems, VSM platforms can be the integral solution that enables teams to optimize the investments that have already been made. By effectively implementing VSM platforms, teams can create a common language and leverage trusted data to fuel cross-team visibility and insights.\n\nThat\u2019s why there\u2019s such momentum behind the move to adopt VSM platforms. The survey found that, between 2021 and 2022, the percentage of respondents piloting, implementing, or considering VSM platforms increased from 6% to 36%.\n\nConclusion\n\nAlthough there are undoubtedly obstacles, the reality is that many teams are making major strides. For example, the survey found that 70% of respondents are now connecting flow metrics to business results, which is an integral part of building alignment between business and technology teams.\n\nVisit ValueOps VSM to find out how you can begin to deliver more value to your customers and gain increased visibility and alignment in your organization. \n\nExplore ValueOps Value Stream Management, built to manage what you value most.