Let's Build a
Value Stream

Joe Schmetzer • @tumbarumba

Form Groups

  • Split into groups of no more than 6 people
  • Warm up: Introduce yourselves!
    • What do you do?
    • What are your hobbies, interests?
    • Something unusual about yourself?
    • 3 minutes!
  • Decide/elect a value stream expert
    • 1 minute!

Build the Value Stream

  • Name the stream (e.g. Add a Feature to Geronimo)
  • Start at the end (what is the value?)
  • Start a loop:
    • Ask the question:
      • What must happen to allow this?
    • Write that down on a card
    • Repeat
  • 20 minutes!

Review

  • What's missing?
  • For each card:
    • How many people?
    • What roles?
    • How long?
    • It is value add or overhead?
  • What about queues? Add them in!

Effort Analysis

Big Visible Value Stream

Waste, Inefficiencies, Delays?

Driving Improvements

  1. Metrics?
  2. Vision?
  3. Experiments

Improvements can Fund Themselves!

  • Standard economic measure:
    • Life-Cycle Profits
  • Economic model:
    • product value
    • product cost
    • development expense
    • cycle time
    • risk

Toyota Improvement Kata

*Image from The Improvement Kata, by Mike Rother