Getting started

Learn all around how VSM works, and how you can use it

VSM is designed to foster an iterative approach to step-by-step unlock more functionality & use cases. A typical mindset around using VSM consists of the following steps:

  1. Discover - various integrations allow users to use information that is already available around the software engineering organization
  2. Contextualize & ensure quality - make sure that discovered data matters, so that people can rely on it
  3. Leverage - discovery alone doesn't create value, for this, you need either mechanisms to make information available to a broad audience, or ideally trigger immediate actions

How does it work?


Discovery is key to a successful VSM implementation, which is why we constantly invest in ready-to-use integrations based on a best-practice data model. However obviously, your environment is more diverse, which is why our APIs are as important for own integrations.

Contextualize & ensure quality

Value Stream Management (VSM) is built on the LeanIX Continous Transformation Platform® - which next to a powerful data model offers a sophisticated Inventory to search, filter & mass edit data. On top of the inventory, users can find multiple mechanisms to ensure data quality. For power users, the reporting capabilities provide various ways to analyze & share the discovered information.


In order to leverage information for a large audience, portals can be intuitively tailored to the needs of your stakeholders. Also, embedding information in your daily workflows (e.g. Teams, Slack) can be a powerful mean to turn a static inventory into a tool-of-choice.

Can I try it myself?

Sure - enables you to setup your own personal environment within minutes.


Be encouraged to provision a demo environment

Even if you are an existing customer, a look into a personal demo environment often helps. We curate the demo data & would love to get your feedback!

If you feel that you are serious & the demo data are just confusing, please get in touch - we are happy to provision an empty environment.

I have 10 minutes - help me understand it

Challenge accepted! Choose between two paths:




Access to an AWS Account, Azure Subscription, GCP project, or Github Organisation is helpful. You can start from other sources as well though - see Discovery - Overview

  1. Go to the Integration UI and setup your integration
  2. Go to the Inventory to see the imported software artifacts. Hint: If no data appear, use the sync log for trouble-shooting
  3. Create an initial Portals based on your data, and provide access to relevant stakeholders



Are you using LeanIX EAM?

If yes - great! The Integration allows you to import your Applications as Products in order to not start from scratch.

No? Nevermind - think about an important software product that your company is shipping, or a part of this (e.g. Checkout) that you are responsible for.

  1. Go to the Inventory and create a product (or use an existing one)
  2. Connect the product:
  • To domains - how is it structured internally?
  • To software artifacts - what are the technical components developed by your team?
  1. Go to Reports and assess the created landscapes
  2. Now talk to one of your engineering lead - what would be required to bring-in the software artifacts automatically?

Ok, I'm serious - how does it work in practice

Check the VSM flywheel!