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Configure Jira to capture VSM

I'm looking to see if anyone has done Value Stream Mapping using Jira. If so, would you be able to share your experience? thanks. 

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Hi @Glen 

I have not done a VSM in Jira, although there might be a marketplace add-on for it.  Although I didn't find one after a quick search.

Some challenges of doing a VSM in Jira include the decision point entry, measurement information capture, and having multiple people updating the columns (to approximate steps) simultaneously.  I'm guessing Jira would not be a good tool for VSM.  A Jira alternative would be to use the related Confluence product's wiki capabilities and facilitate the conversation/mapping.  Or even Trello.

You may want to do a browser search for free/trial tools to test out as alternatives.  There are a few tools specifically made for remote creation of VSMs.  

Another alternative I have used is a shared spreadsheet and breakout rooms for people to collaborate on portions of the map.  Or using a drawing tool with sticky-note capabilities and shared edits.

IMHO none of these are adequate replacements for being in the room in front of a map on a wall.  Given current times, consider the challenges of doing the VSM remotely and try to mitigate them.

Good luck, and best regards,
Bill

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