Improve software cycle time to deliver business value faster. Discover how to remove bottlenecks, align your team, and accelerate software delivery.
Software development and delivery professionals face an ever-increasing demand from their business customers to deliver software innovation at a rapid pace. When organizations reduce cycle time, they can outpace competitors to deliver the features their customers want.
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Faster delivery requires strong release management. Commit to a united vision.
Today’s software professionals deal with a maze of silos and bottlenecks that slow them down. Teams struggle to simultaneously manage their backlog and race to play catch-up, distracting them from creating the features that customers want, while they focus their efforts on narrowly meeting deadlines before release day.
Delivering customer value at a fast pace demands a refined software development approach that encourages collaboration, information sharing, and faster cycle times. With better cycle times, teams are able to respond to changing needs from the market faster, adjust long-term plans according to incoming feedback, and reduce engineering risk. When visibility and collaboration meet automation, bottlenecks are removed, and teams are united to a single vision. As a result, cycle times improve and development becomes customer-driven.
Value Stream Management with GitLab
Forrester cites GitLab as a strong performer in VSM tools evaluation.
Historically, teams have struggled with meeting business demands to deliver new capabilities, enhancements, bug fixes, and patches needed to remain competitive. Bottlenecks were hidden in the gaps between development tools and handoffs. To accelerate delivery, teams need an end-to-end perspective focused on business results, with visibility across the entire development lifecycle, including integrated project management, source control management, and robust automation, to rapidly move from user story to code to test to production.
With an integrated workflow, teams now have the capacity to continuously deliver what the market demands without adding to technical debt. Customers are delighted that their feedback informs development, while teams feel empowered with the ability to effect real change in the market. Businesses no longer have to choose between innovation and bug fixes. A competitive edge awaits them with every commit.
Just commit to eliminating silos through collaboration.
Share and collaborate without friction.
Software teams battle both silos that stop project flows and manual handoffs that slow velocity. An agile and responsive software development lifecycle is possible when teams have full visibility into every stage of the software development lifecycle and “shift left” by sharing information earlier in the process.
When all teams collaborate in a single place and have a common view, bottlenecks are visible and silos become a distant memory. The key to a frictionless lifecycle is visibility, which is possible when teams work from a single source of truth. Connecting every team throughout each stage of the lifecycle removes the need for formal handoffs, virtually eliminates silos, and encourages teams to work together towards a common goal: delivering business value.
Just commit to automating everything.
Your CI/CD pipeline unlocks your team’s potential.
Manual and repetitive development tasks reduce velocity and create opportunities for errors to further slow application delivery. Teams are stifled with the tedious tasks that await them in every stage of development, with continuous integration and continuous delivery, teams can automate critical tasks and focus on delivering business value.
The key to successfully accelerating delivery is in the steadfast application of automation to unlock the potential of your team. Rather than wasting time on manual testing or waiting for a security scan, teams can use automation to drive robust testing and comprehensive security testing for each commit.
Automation isn’t limited to testing and security, but can be applied to manual tasks throughout the development and delivery process.
Automated testing (continuous integration)
Automated security (continuous integration)
Automated deployment and configuration (continuous delivery)
The closer automation is linked to the development processes, the more powerful it is in accelerating software delivery.
Just commit to continuously improving.
Experiment, learn, and accelerate delivery.
Slow cycle times are often the result of waste and errors, which go undetected because teams must focus on delivering features rather than refining process and enhancing code. Radically fast cycle times is possible when teams make small, incremental improvements to find and resolve bottlenecks.
With increased visibility, data and metrics from development and delivery processes are available to every team, leading to evidence-based changes. Continuous improvement helps teams reach high velocity delivery, because they’re able to experiment and dedicate time to eliminating the roadblocks to development. When teams commit to continuous improvement, changes eventually lead to releasing as fast as the business demands.
The removal of roadblocks enables teams to collaborate more easily, decreasing cycle times and increasing velocity. With shorter cycle times, teams can deliver to changing market needs faster, complete projects on time and budget, and spend more time delivering new functionality.
FASTER DELIVERY WITH GITLAB
Accelerate velocity with a single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle.
GitLab creates a united workflow by integrating tools for every phase of the DevOps lifecycle to shorten cycle times. A shorter cycle time allows teams to immediately respond to customers’ changing needs by frequently collecting feedback with each iteration. With a single application, GitLab ensures that teams have every tool to carry them across the development lifecycle — from building and analyzing code quality to dependency scanning and monitoring.
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Commit to continuous integration and continuous delivery
GitLab’s integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery enable teams to pick up new requirements, code, test, and deliver to rapidly meet business demands without adding to technical debt. Teams can iterate faster to collect feedback on performance and changing needs. In evaluating GitLab as a Leader in Continuous Integration in The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Integration Tools, Q3 2017 report, Forrester stated, "GitLab delivers ease of use, scalability, integration, and innovation."
Commit to greater visibility and collaboration
When working together in GitLab, teams look at the same data, handoffs are a thing of the past, and boundaries of silos are blurred. With a single source of truth, all relevant information is automatically linked, so that teams, including development, operations, and security, contribute to one conversation. Teams don’t have to wait for formal handoffs before contributing, because they have full visibility and control over delivery and quality.
Commit to a single application
GitLab is the only single application that covers the entire DevOps lifecycle to enable teams to collaborate, share, and deliver software. With GitLab, there’s no need to stitch together different tools, freeing up developers’ time to focus on delivering features. In The Forrester New Wave™: Value Stream Management Tools, Q3 2018, Forrester recognized GitLab as a strong performer in value stream management, stating “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.”
A SINGLE SOLUTION
A simple, flexible approach to software development
GitLab is the first single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle, covering every stage — from planning to monitoring — and integrating collaboration, automation, and project management.
GitLab provides unmatched visibility, higher levels of efficiency, and comprehensive governance, making the software lifecycle 200% faster, radically improving the speed of business.
GitLab empowers an end-to-end process to visualize and manage the flow of new innovation from ideas to customers. Value stream management tools — including business value monitoring and value stream mapping — help teams improve software delivery by identifying areas of waste and opportunity.
GitLab consolidates disconnected islands of data into a complete view of actual work, enabling teams to drive continuous improvement and focus on the flow of value to customers.