The Value Stream Management Foundation course from Value Stream Management Consortium, and offered in partnership with DevOps Institute, is an introductory course taking learners through a value stream management implementation journey. It considers the human, process, and technology aspects of this way of working and explores how optimizing value streams for flow and realization positively impacts organizational performance.


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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

Describe the origins of value stream management and key concepts such as flow, value, and delivery
Describe what value stream management is, why it’s needed and the business benefits of its practice
Describe how lean, agile, DevOps, and ITSM principles contribute to value stream management
Identify and describe value streams, where they start and end, and how they interconnect
Identify value stream roles and responsibilities
Express value streams visually using mapping techniques, define current and target states and hypothesis backlog
Write value stream flow and realization optimization hypotheses and experiments
Apply metrics such as touch/processing time, wait/idle time, and cycle time to value streams
Understand flow metrics and how to access the data to support data-driven conversations and decisions
Examine value realization metrics and aligning to business outcomes, and how to sense and respond to them (outcomes versus outputs)
Architect a DevOps toolchain alongside a value stream and data connection points
Design a continuous inspection and adaptation approach for organizational evolution

  • History and Evolution of Value Stream Management and its Application

  • Value stream management’s origins

    Definitions of value stream management


    Lean and systems thinking and practices

    Agile, DevOps and other frameworks

    Research and analysis

  • Identifying Value Streams

  • What is a value stream?

    Identifying value streams

    Choosing a value stream

    Digital value streams

    Value stream thinking

  • Mapping Value Streams

  • Types of maps

    Value stream mapping

    The fuzzy front end


    10 steps to value stream mapping

    Mapping and management

    VSM investment case

    Limitations of value stream mapping

  • Connecting DevOps Toolchains

  • CICD and the DevOps toolchain

    Value stream management processes

    Value stream management platforms

    DevOps tool categories

    Building an end-to-end DevOps toolchain

    Common data model and tools integrations

  • Value Stream Metrics

  • The duality of VSM

    Downtime in technology

    Lean, DORA and Flow metrics

    Definition of Done

    Value metrics

    Benefits hypotheses

    Value streams as profit centers

    KPIs and OKRs

  • Inspecting the Value Stream

  • 3 Pillars of Empiricism

    Organizational performance


    When to inspect

    Data and discovery

    Insights and trends

  • Organizing as Value Streams

  • Value stream alignment

    Team types and topologies

    Project to product

    Hierarchy to autonomy

    Target Operating Model

    Value stream people

    Value stream roles

    Value stream funding

  • Evolving Value Streams

  • Why now?


    VSM capability matrix

    VSM culture iceberg


    Making local discoveries global improvements

    Managing value stream interdependencies


People working in an organization aiming to improve performance, especially in response to digital transformation or disruption. Any roles involved in the creation and delivery of products or services: Leadership and CXO, especially CIO, CTO, CPO, and CVO; Transformation and evolution leads and change agents; Value stream architects, managers, engineers; Scrum Masters, agile and DevOps coaches and facilitators; Portfolio, product and project managers, and owners; Business analysts; Architects, developers, and engineers; Release and environment managers; IT Ops, service and support desk workers; Customer experience and success professionals.




There are no prerequisites, although having a working knowledge of lean, agile, DevOps, and value stream principles will be useful.


Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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