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Value Stream Analytics

Value Stream Analytics

The Value Stream Analytics capability’s enablers include Bottleneck Finder, Portfolio Insights, Flow Metrics Dashboards, Business Results, and Timeline Events. Each capability within the Planview Capability Framework has a distinct set of features and functionality, business processes, best practices, and analytics and reports that deliver value to customers in the form of specific business outcomes.

Value Stream Analytics Process Steps

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The Planview Viz value stream analytics capability allows you to measure and manage the overall performance of your product value streams. This enables CIOs, transformation and agility executives, and engineering and product leaders to measure value streams, uncover bottlenecks, and address dependencies in software delivery to become more efficient, predictable, and profitable. 


Value Stream Analytics Process Steps


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Value Stream Analytics process flow


Process Step Description

Create a product value stream

Add a new product in Planview Viz to create a new product value stream. Name your product and fill out relevant fields to help your organization understand what your product does and how your value stream works.

Model your product value stream 

Model your product value stream to generate flow metrics. This consists of two steps: Product Modeling and Artifact Modeling.

Product Modeling points Viz to specific tools and datasets that are relevant to your product. In this step, add all pertinent artifact sets to the Ideate, Create, Release, or Operate work phases in your product modeling tab. Your tool connections should already be configured by your business admin.

Once data is retrieved from your product model, it’s time to move on to Artifact Modeling. The Artifact Modeling tab shows all the different artifact types found. Determine which artifacts carry business value and then map them to one of the four flow items: Defect, Feature, Risk, and Debt.

Then, conduct flow state modeling for each artifact’s workflow. Model each artifact’s workflow to one of five flow states: New, Waiting, Active, Done, and Canceled.  

You can also choose to apply the Smart Model instead. The Smart Model will pull in the artifact states across all tools in the product and map them to one of the five flow states.  

Once modeling is complete, Viz can start calculating metrics about your speed, velocity, and efficiency. 

Track progress on your Flow Metrics dashboard

The Flow Metrics dashboard provides a clear view of whether your value streams and your flow can support targeted business outcomes.

Track your product value stream’s Flow Metrics on your Flow Metrics dashboard, including Flow Velocity, Flow Time, Flow Efficiency, Flow Load, and Flow Distribution.

See Flow Metrics Dashboard for more information. 

Analyze and find bottlenecks

Bottlenecks show where your work is slowing down and piling up. Types of bottlenecks include resource scarcity, lack of automation, process timing, and dependencies. Use Planview Viz’s built-in expertise to analyze your data and pinpoint the bottlenecks in your process so you can identify and fix these areas of improvement.

See Bottleneck Analysis and related videos for more information.

Set and achieve business results

Each value stream exists to achieve targeted business results for value, cost, quality, and happiness. By evaluating Flow Metrics against business results, you can calibrate your value stream accordingly to obtain the desired outcome.  

Track Timeline Events

Events such as adopting a new tool, implementing a new process, increasing headcount, or a company-wide re-org can all impact your Flow Metrics and business results.  

Adding Timeline Events to your value stream and overlaying them onto Flow Metrics help you better understand trends in your value stream and their underlying causes. 

Measure your shift from project to product with Portfolio Insights

With multiple product value streams, Portfolio Insights present consolidated insights rolled up from all individual products to provide a high-level view into Flow Metrics and business results for executives and senior leaders.