Value Stream Mapping is starting to be used more and more in software organizations as a tool for identifying opportunities for improvement. It is an approach used to make waste and inefficiencies visible that started in manufacturing and has since been used for a variety of
applications including software. Recently as I have been consulting with different organizations, I have had the opportunity to see lots of different maps they have created that I think highlight common mistakes. Or more accurately stated how when applying the classic approach of Value Stream Mapping to software it frequently doesn’t do a very good job of highlighting the biggest sources of waste that are slowing down organizations. My goal in writing this white paper is to make these issues visible so everyone can be more efficient in identifying opportunities for improvement and transforming their software development and delivery processes.