Forrester recently evaluated GitLab as a Strong Performer in The Forrester New Wave™: Value Stream Management Tools, Q3 2018 report. The evaluation comes after Forrester reviewed 13 different vendors and their approaches to enable end-to-end value stream management of the software delivery lifecycle. This is a new area of coverage at Forrester, recognizing the trend in the industry where organizations are focusing on improving and optimizing their software delivery value stream. Forrester considered GitLab's capabilities and strategy and characterized GitLab as a Strong Performer. According to the report, “GitLab combines end-to-end capability with the power of open source. GitLab offers a DevOps tool for each step of the software development process. Top-level views sitting across these tools provide its VSM functionalities.”
Forrester defined the role of Value Stream Management (VSM) in the lifecycle as: "VSM is an emerging tool category that connects an organization’s business to its software delivery capability. VSM tools provide multiple roles – product managers, developers, QA, and release managers – a view into planning, health indicators, and analytics, helping them collaborate more effectively to reduce waste and focus on work that delivers value to the customer and the business."
GitLab supports the entire SDLC
Value stream management enables teams to visualize, manage, and optimize their software delivery pipelines. The goal of DevOps transformations is to enable teams to ship faster without sacrificing quality or security. Ultimately, the approach in DevOps is the same as in lean manufacturing, where reducing work in progress and eliminating "waste" enables organizations to improve their value stream.
Because GitLab is a single application, supporting the entire delivery lifecycle, "value stream" metrics and KPIs are easier to track. For example, GitLab Cycle Analytics is one view of how the value stream is performing. Because GitLab is able to track the entire lifecycle, there are many other possible value stream views available. Check out our Value Stream Management page to learn more about how GitLab is delivering metrics and value stream management to help improve your DevOps lifecycle.
We’re excited about what the future holds for value stream management, so it’s great to know that others see the importance of managing end-to-end delivery and value metrics. We think the research by Forrester will help IT leaders evolve and improve their software delivery processes, which is where we think GitLab's approach to addressing the end-to-end lifecycle can help. We agree with Forrester which observed, “Organizations that want a comprehensive VSM solution that can also serve as their DevOps tool chain will really appreciate GitLab.”
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