"Initially, the purpose of taking the VSM Foundation Course was to review and consolidate my knowledge of software delivery value streams. In fact, this course also allowed me to join an international community of people passionate about the subject in an environment conducive to exchange. Since then, Slack channels and Lean Coffee Huddles have become privileged moments to share our experiences. What I find exceptional about being a member of the VSMC consortium is the opportunity and constant encouragement to contribute to content and research on the adoption of these VSM practices."
Prerequisites: None, although having a working knowledge of lean, agile, DevOps, and value stream principles will be useful.
Meet Your Instructors
Value Stream Management Foundation Course: Value Added Resources
Introduction to Module One: History and Evolution
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 1 - History and Evolution
Value Stream Mapping Origins
Case Story: Chipotle
From Mapping to Management
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘What is Value Stream Management?’ with Eric Minick
Exercise: Assess where your organization is on your value stream management adoption journey
The State Of VSM Report 2021
Module 1 Quiz
Introduction to Module 2: Identifying Value Streams
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 2 - Identifying Value Streams
What is a Value Stream?
Exercise: Identify at which step your team is on the VSM Implementation Map and what you would need to do to reach the next step.
Identifying a Value Stream
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Value Stream Identification - Lessons from the Wild’ with Carl Starendal
Value Stream Thinking
Case Story: Bank of New Zealand
Module 2 Quiz
Introduction to Module 3: Mapping Value Streams
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 3 - Mapping Value Streams
Case Story: Northrup Grumman
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘How to Do Value Stream Mapping’ with Helen Beal
Value Stream Mapping Scoping Canvas
Exercise: Sketch out a map to show how this approach to value stream mapping compares to your own experiences or understanding of the approach.
Value Stream Thinking
Module 3 Quiz
Introduction to Module 4: Connecting DevOps Toolchains
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 4 - Connecting DevOps Toolchains
CICD and VSM Delivery and Management Platforms
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Creating a DevOps Toolchain’ with Brian Ashcraft
Case Story: Nio
Building a DevOps Toolchain
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Integrated Tool Chain Demonstration’
Exercise: Draw out your DevOps toolchain as it would align to the value stream cycle.
The VSMP and the Common Data Model
Module 4 Quiz
Introduction to Module 5: Value Stream Metrics
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 5 - Value Stream Metrics
Measuring Value Streams
Case Story: DNB
Value Stream Flow Metrics
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Value Stream Management: Metrics’ with Yaniv Sayers
Value Stream Realization Metrics
Value Stream Realization Metrics Continued
Exercise: Write an example benefits hypothesis for value stream improvement.
Module 5 Quiz
Introduction to Module Six: Inspecting the Value Stream
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 6 - Inspecting the Value Stream
The Pillars of Empiricism and Visibility
Case Story: Healthfirst
What to Inspect
Exercise: Diagram out how you do or would get the data you need from your systems to inspect your value stream real-time.
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Value Stream Management: Inspecting Flow’ with Jonathan Harding
Value Realization Inspection
Module 6 Quiz
Introduction to Module Seven: Organizing as Value Streams
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 7 - Organizing as Value Streams
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Organizing as Value Streams’ with Richard Knaster
Case Story: Adidas
Value Stream Roles
Emerging Value Stream Roles
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘Value Stream Architect: Bryan Finster’ with Don White
Funding Stream Orientation
Module 7 Quiz
Introduction to Module Eight: Evolving Value Streams
VSM Foundation Courseware for Module 8 - Evolving Value Streams
Why is VSM Important Now?
The New Methodology
Watch This YouTube Video: ‘How to Prioritize Hypotheses for Testing’ with Jeff Gothelf
Case Story: Schneider
Exercise: Write 3 OKRs for you and your value stream team (make at least one of the customer oriented).
Module 8 Quiz
Feedback on Your Value Stream Management Course
Value Stream Management Foundation Sample Exam 1
Value Stream Management Foundation Sample Exam 2
Value Stream Management Foundation Glossary
Successfully passing (65%) the 60-minute examination, consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions, leads to the candidate receiving their Value Stream Management Foundation certification and digital badge. The certification is governed and maintained in partnership with DevOps Institute.
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