VSM Platform / Planning

Value Stream Planning

Maximise the effectiveness of your delivery system through triage and prioritisation. Understand how much work can be done, how long it is likely to take and when critical pieces of work are likely to get completed.
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Delivery Forecaster

Statistical and probabilistic forecasting to inform decision making on when strategic work is likely to get delivered and how much work is likely to be completed in a period.

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Triage & Prioritisation

Triage upcoming work and chose from a range of prioritisation frameworks available at your fingertips.

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Delivery Forecaster

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  • Forecasting using statistical and probabilistic approaches
  • Different types of forecasting to address different needs
  • Continuous forecasting running automatically
  • Notification system alerting you should your forecast change beyond what you consider to be an acceptable level

What we are hearing

"Estimates from the teams are almost always wrong, which makes it difficult to put trust in them.
"Teams regularly are not able to deliver on their commitments, impacting business strategy.
"There isn't a mechanism that tells me with a good level of confidence when strategic features are likely to be delivered.

Key Challenges

  • Traditional approaches to forecasting using estimation are cumbersome, inefficient and inaccurate.
  • Teams use their intuition to estimate and are by nature deterministic.
  • Teams are forecasting effort, whereas planning requires duration.
  • Probabilistic forecasting tools have traditionally been difficult to get access to and even harder to use.

Our Take

We believe forecasting duration using a probabilistic approach is more effective than estimating effort using a deterministic approach. This is because forecasts are based on observed data, whereas estimation is based on intuition.

We allow you to forecast:
  1. How much work is likely to be completed in a particular iteration?
  2. When is a particular batch of work likely to be completed?
  3. When a particular piece of work item is likely to be completed?
  4. When you should start a particular piece of work that has a desired delivery date?

We know that product delivery operates with several mutually dependent moving parts, and things can often change at any point in time, and they do.

Both planning and forecasting approaches are useful in that they create shared understanding and support decision making. However, the problem they share is that they quickly become outdated as the environment changes. The effort required to continuously update your plan to consider these changes comes with a high price tag (both economic and human).

On the other hand, continuous re-forecasting via platforms like Flomatika can be done in just a few seconds, with zero effort. This is game changing. Flomatika can notify you whenever a given forecast has varied outside your acceptable range.

If you are currently facing similar challenges and like our take or whether you want to know more about Flomatika and how we can help you solve your challenges, we would love to hear from you!
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Triage & Prioritisation

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  • Triage Mechanism
  • Support for five of the most popular prioritisation frameworks
  • Easy to use, with no changes required to your systems

What we are hearing

"There are too many items in our backlog. Everything is a priority, and I need to make sense of the mess.
"Our Product Managers are seeking a prioritisation framework that can help them visualise and have a consistent approach to their prioritisation.
"I need to be able to explain to stakeholders how work is being prioritised.

Key Challenges

  • Product Managers are often inundated with demands from multiple stakeholders; each considering their own request as the highest priority.
  • Keeping them all happy is extremely difficult, and there is only a finite amount of capacity that the teams can deliver.
  • Have an easy to use, and Establishing easy to use, and effective triage and prioritisation mechanisms has proved to be difficult.

Our Take

We want to provide you with a simple mechanism where you can efficiently triage upcoming work into four buckets:
  • Now
  • Next
  • Later
  • Not at all
In addition, you may adopt one of the five most popular prioritisation mechanisms quickly:
  • Kano Model
  • Eisenhower Decision Matrix
  • Qualitative Cost of Delay
  • Rice Matrix
  • MoSCoW
If you are currently facing similar challenges and like our take or whether you want to know more about Flomatika and how we can help you solve your challenges, we would love to hear from you!
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