Flow Engineering is an approach to rapidly understanding where to focus and improve value delivery within your organization. Our clients see immediate value and alignment.
The core of Flow Engineering consists of 4 mapping exercises designed to lead into each other. These are:
Value Stream map
We supplement these core maps with other exercises to further enhance clarity and alignment. The complete Flow Engineering framework's final result is a flow roadmap, a guide on where to focus on improving your value delivery practices. The service is delivered in partnership with Flow Delivered, allowing Xodiac to bring in the best and most up to date practices and draw upon industry thought leaders.
To make it easier to get started with Flow Engineering, we can break the process down into three levels, delivering significant value at each:
Silver - Flow Engineering steps 1-3 - Identify outcomes and current state constraints
Gold - Flow Engineering Steps 1-6 - Understand future state and encompass external dependencies
Platinum - Flow Engineering Steps 1-9 - Analysis of capabilities and prioritization
We run through the engagement, clarify any questions and verify stakeholders. We confirm the schedule and initial participants for the follow-on workshops. The session is interactive and serves as an introduction to the collaborative work style we use.
The first of our workshops is about beginning with the end in mind. We guide you through a series of interactive activities to create your North Star, define obstacles, and convert those obstacles into outcomes. The final step is to collate those outcomes to build an outcome map to guide the subsequent exercises.
We visualize your current value delivery process. This exercise identifies constraints and highlights where to focus improvement efforts. We identify any immediate opportunities for improvement. Expect at least a 20% improvement by making the work visible, creating clarity and alignment across teams.
At this stage, we take the group outside their usual ways of thinking and work through an exercise to help them visualize an ideal state, free from constraints. We conduct this exercise to help generate ideas and open stakeholders' imagination ahead of the next stage.
The objective now is to create a 3-6 month target state for the value stream. The exercise draws upon ideas generated in the ideal Value Stream Map and uses these to extend the current state Value Stream Map, building a set of concrete next steps to improve flow.
Now that we have a set of defined next steps to improve flow in your value stream and aligned to your target outcomes, we look externally to the value stream to capture any dependencies. We look to capture security, compliance, architecture, and other safety concerns.
The Capability Map is an exercise we use to identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps in the skills and systems needed to create the value stream described above. The activity also identifies the action steps we can take to close any gaps.
Through the exercises we've conducted, we will have gathered a large number of action items. To fully visualize the Flow Roadmap, we need to prioritize these steps. We consider factors such as risk, cost, value, time and impact to guide its creation.
The Flow Engineering framework's final step is to visualize all the items we have discovered in the flow roadmap. Visualizing all of the outcomes together creates even more alignment between stakeholders and opens up further discovery opportunities.