A Value Stream is an important Lean construct for understanding, organizing, and delivering value in SAFe. For some organizations, identifying Value Streams is easy. Many are just the products, services, or solutions that the company develops and sells. In larger enterprises, however, the task is significantly more complex. Value flows through various applications, systems, and services across many parts of the distributed organization.
An alternative approach, adapted from Lean, is to identify value streams and ARTs based on the use of SIPOC (Suppliers, Inputs, Processes, Outputs, and Customers) diagrams. This method provides a better understanding of how value flows, including the dependencies between systems, teams, and customers. In this talk, Maarit Laanti, Lean-Agile Head Coach at Nitor, will present her experiences using a SIPOC approach to identify Value Streams and ARTs and she will teach you how to do the same.
This information has led into significant insights on how to apply SAFe in a way that it creates more value to customers.
In this talk I present my experiences of running the modified SIPOC - a technique that you could learn too.
My aim is also to write a SAFe whitepaper on this subject.