DOI DevOps – Value Stream Management Foundation (VSMF)™ – English

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Course Overview

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.

This course offers an introduction to value stream management principles, practices, and tools. Digital value streams include the software applications and services in addition to the platforms that support them e.g., cloud infrastructure or DevOps toolchains.

This course positions learners to successfully complete the VSM Foundation certification exam.

Prerequisites

  • None, although having a working knowledge of lean, agile, DevOps, and value stream principles will be useful
  • Successfully passing (65%) the open-book 60-minute examination, consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions, leads to the candidate receiving their Value Stream Management Foundation certification
  • The certification is governed and maintained by the DevOps Institute
  • Candidates will have two years from the date their certification was earned or renewed to complete the Continuing Education program requirements to remain certified – see https://www.devopsinstitute.com/continuing-education/ for more information

Program Objectives

The learning objectives for the VSM Foundation course include the ability 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

Audience

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, such as:

  • 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

Learner Materials

  • Digital learner material (excellent post-class reference), sample documents, sample exam, templates, exercises, tools and techniques
  • Access to additional sources of information and communities
  • Certification exam voucher

Duration

This is a 2 day course when run as an instructor-led course, with an exam voucher issued for students to schedule their exams at a date/time/location that is convenient for them once the course has completed.