Releasing value faster and with better quality is a must for companies to thrive. HCL Velocity is a value stream management tool that helps you achieve that by providing unified data so you know where to focus your work. Once the data has been collected and normalized by relationships, we can start making data-backed decisions. Velocity allows you to start your journey in many different areas of your software delivery pipeline, from release orchestration to insights on trends of data to the whole value stream of an application. The best part – you can get started right away with the free Community Edition of Velocity. In this post, we’ll show you how to get started using the value stream module of Velocity.

Velocity’s value depends on the data you feed into it, so let’s start there. Keep in mind – Velocity is an evolving journey, so you shouldn’t expect to get all of your data linked on day one. Begin setting up Velocity by integrating the tools that your developers use every day, what we call “work item plugins.” Head to the plugins page to see the complete list of available integrations.

Next, select a few teams that use a toolchain that closely aligns with the rest of the teams in your enterprise. A great activity is to see if each team can walk through the process from the time they get the work to when they think they are done. You’ll find that a lot of work happens outside the work item tool. This then makes the teams’ source control tool the next logical data to be hooked up, such as BitBucket, GitHub, GitLab, and others. After this exercise, you will have a pretty good idea of what your development team’s value stream looks like.

Once you connect these tools to Velocity, you can build your first value stream. Technical details on how to set these integrations up can be found here.

So, what can you do with this value stream? Key metrics – lead time, cycle time, load, throughput, work item distribution, etc. – for your whole team will be visible right away. Plus, you now have a powerful tool to use at stand-ups, so there’s no more out-of-date information. Once you start using Velocity, it will be a natural progression to continue your journey in the tool to define a process and automate everything. With almost every organization that uses Velocity, the teams get involved and want more data and more relationships built to have a complete view. Good luck with your journey and reach out with any questions!

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