Value Stream Management

Measure and manage the business value of your DevSecOps lifecycle.

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Benefits of Value Stream Management

Software development should always aim to maximize customer or business value delivery—but how do you identify inefficiencies in that delivery, and how can you course-correct when you do? GitLab’s Value Stream Management helps businesses visualize their end-to-end DevSecOps workstream, identify and target waste and inefficiencies, and take action to optimize those workstreams to deliver the highest possible velocity of value.

A Value Stream Delivery Platform

In The Future of DevOps Toolchains Will Involve Maximizing Flow in IT Value Streams, Gartner recommended that "infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for selecting and deploying DevOps toolchains should: drive business ability by using DevOps value stream delivery platforms that reduce the overhead of managing complex toolchains." [1] By providing an entire DevOps platform as a single application, GitLab is uniquely suited to provide end-to-end visibility throughout the entire lifecycle without the “toolchain tax.” As the place where work happens, GitLab can also unite visualization with action, allowing users to jump from learning to doing at any time, without losing context.

[1] Gartner "The Future of DevOps Toolchains Will Involve Maximizing Flow in IT Value Streams," Manjunath Bhat, et al, 14 January 2020 (Gartner subscription required)

View and manage end-to-end processes

Value Stream Analytics helps you visualize and manage the DevSecOps flow from ideation to customer delivery. Out of the box, GitLab offers actionable reporting on common workflows and metrics, with nothing to install or configure. If you want to dive deeper or model custom workflows, GitLab’s unified, comprehensive data store makes it easy to track whatever events matter.

  • One tool, no chain: GitLab unifies the entire DevSecOps toolchain into a single application. There are no integrations to manage, no API chokepoints to limit visibility, and a shared experience for everyone in the company, regardless of role.

  • Shared, actionable data: A single source of insight built on a single system of work means you can spend more time developing value and less time finding where it’s stalled.

  • Focus on value - not ceremony: Track and manage the actual flow of work and eliminate unnecessary ceremony. A single DevSecOps application means single-click drill down into actual work items, so you can remove blockages as soon as you find them.


Drive continuous improvement based on the data from your value stream.

  • Track flow and accelerate: Focusing on the flow of value to customers is key to streamlining the delivery process.
  • Cycle time: Track the actual work and effort, the real cycle time to deliver value.
  • Business value: Link actual value back to the change.
  • DORA4 metrics: DORA4 metrics help you benchmark your DevSecOps maturity and are a useful indicator for comparison - either within the team or comparable companies / industries. Monitor the Lead time for change and Deployment Frequency to measure your DevSecOps process efficiency.


The value streams help you visualize and manage the flow of new innovation from idea to customers.

  • Identify constraints: Find the sources of friction in your value stream and optimise lead time.
  • Remove bottlenecks: Take action to address constraints.
  • Optimize flow: Accelerate DevSecOps best practices across your organization.
  • Manage Efficiency: Detailed insights showcasing your triage hygiene, issues / bugs created, time to merge and many more enable you to identify and fix inefficiencies in your development process with ease.

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