In this episode, Steve joined Shahin to talk about Value Stream Mapping. For the first time, we had a live audience recording the episode. Peter, Ali, and Nasima from the audience asked questions from Steve by the end of the show.
We conversed about and around the following topics:
Value Streams let you see the big picture and your biggest bottlenecks, risks, and opportunities.
A value stream captures a view beyond common Agile and DevOps visibility to how we create and deliver value.
A Value Stream Map lets to share that view with others and align on what to do next.
A map should be simple to start (you can always add more data if you want) – avoid heavy/complex approaches.
People are the most important part. Facilitation, handoffs, incentives, psychological safety are major factors.
People & Resources:
We referred to and/or mentioned the following people and/or resources:
Steve helps teams escape and avoid software delivery challenges using value stream techniques. In tech for over 20 years, he started in support and was most recently a startup CTO. He works with 10 and 100000 person companies to remove friction and boost value through his value delivery program at visible.is. He’s an active community member and organizer, running DevOps Toronto and Toronto’s DevOpsDays conference, but often seen in agile and systems thinking events as well.
Allen Holub (https://holub.com, @allenholub, email@example.com) is an internationally recognized software architect and Agile-transformation consultant. He speaks internationally about these topics and agile-friendly implementation technology (like microservices) and architecture. He provides in-depth consulting and training in those areas. He excels at building highly functional Lean/Agile organizations and designing and building robust, highly scalable software suitable for agile environments. He’s worn every hat from CTO to grunt programmer and is an expert-level programmer in many languages and platforms.
Allen is widely published. His works include 10 books, hundreds of articles in publications ranging from Dr. Dobb’s Journal to IBM DeveloperWorks), and video classes for agilitry.com (Agility with Allen), Pluralsight (Swift in Depth, Picturing Architecture, Object-Oriented Design), O’Reilly (Design Patterns in the Real World) and forthcoming on Lynda/LinkedIn.
Agile approaches have downplayed the role of management. Too many people say, “We don’t need no stinkin’ managers.” On the contrary. We need managers to create and refine the agile culture and create leadership capability across the organization. Without modern management, any agile transformation dies a quick and ugly death. Instead, it’s time to invite managers to change their behaviors to transform to an agile culture. Learn to see and create management excellence for your agile culture.
In this session, Johanna Rothman talked about the myths, traps, and illusions that prevent management from achieving leadership excellence and agility. She showed us actions to bypass several of these myths, traps, and illusions; How to learn which management behaviors to change, to serve the agile team or organization; and learn ways to invite your or your manager’s thinking patterns to change.
As co-founder and chief connector, Diana Larsen collaborates in leadership of the Agile Fluency® Project. Diana co-authored the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and the seminal whitepaper and eBook “Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile.” For 20+ years, she led the practice area for Agile software development, leading & managing teams, and guiding Agile transitions at FutureWorks Consulting. Through the Agile Fluency Project’s programs for supporting and mentoring agile coaches and consultants, Diana shares the wisdom she’s gained in over 30 years of working with leaders, teams, and organizations. She delivers keynote talks and workshops at conferences around the world.
We all have to work together. In a time of unexpected sequestration, there is a drive for us all to become individual silos, each plugging away at home. But, in order for professionals to have agency, build a quality product, and end the day fulfilled, they need to have clarity of expectation of themselves and their teammates. Rapid feedback loops are crucial for giving people clarity. This can only come from collaboration. We will not survive as armies of one.
Jim Benson will discuss collaboration, uncertainty, and team-centered approaches to create focal points for uncertainty, allow people to deal with complexity, reduce stress, and focus more.
Jim Benson is the creator of Personal Kanban and Lean Coffee, two intuitive systems that calm complexities in work, highlight unknown elements, and allow focused professional responses. His background as a civil engineer in the management of Megaprojects and owning software companies has led him to always focus on what the team needs to navigate uncertainty, understand quality, and collaboratively self-manage. Currently, through his consulting at Modus Cooperandi and his on-line school at Modus Institute, Jim is actively pursuing how to best implement collaborative, professional, and humane systems of work.