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To better understand DevOps, you need to first understand Lean. Lean helps organizations manage and improve how we create and flow customer value with the least amount of effort.

“DevOps is the next step in creating flow across and beyond the IT value stream.”

- Mike Orzen, Author of Lean IT and creator of the VSM for DevOps DrillDown course

What is the value stream? All of the steps that are currently performed to deliver products and services to end-users and customers, whether they add value or not. Value stream mapping has been identified as a critical skill for organizations adopting a DevOps approach.

This 2 day course provides a practical understanding and hands-on experience with Value Stream Mapping. It was built in partnership with Mike Orzen, a recognised and prominent Lean thought leader and author.



This is a non-certification DrillDown workshop accredited by the DevOps Institute. DrillDown courses provide deeper knowledge about a specific practice within the DevOps spectrum. DrillDown courses are excellent add-ons to certification courses such as DevOps Foundation skill-based certification.

Learning outcomes

Attendees to Value Stream Mapping for DevOps will:

  • Learn about value stream mapping methods
  • Understand how value stream mapping applies to DevOps
  • Learn to value stream map by doing
  • Be aware of common mistakes when using value stream mapping
  • Be equipped with a tool they can apply now

Who should attend

  • Anyone involved in defining a DevOps strategy and program
  • Developers and Operational staff
  • IT Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Continuous Delivery Architects
  • Security professionals
  • Business stakeholders

Course contents

Day 1

  • Class and course Introductions
  • Lean IT/DevOps Refresher
  • Why Value Stream Mapping for DevOps?
  • Introductory Concepts
  • IT SIPOC Case Study
  • Current State Value Stream Mapping
  • Current State VSM Case Study
  • Barriers to Flow
  • Summary, Reflection & Homework


Day 2

  • Breaking the Barriers of Flow
  • Future State Value Stream Mapping
  • Future State VSM Case Study
  • Report Outs & Feedback
  • Leveraging VSM to Drive DevOps
  • Developing a Plan of Action
  • Common Mistakes and Hazards
  • Summary, Takeaways & Next Steps

Course fees

Face-to-face classroom training

$1850 + GST


  • 2 Days of instructor-led training and exercise facilitation
  • Participation in exercises designed to apply and practice value stream mapping
  • Sample documents, templates, tools and techniques
  • Access to additional reference sources