Creating value streams

Create a value stream and then customize it by defining phases and stages that reflect your typical workflow.

About this task

When you create a value stream, a plain value stream is displayed on the Value Streams view. To modify the value stream and integrate external tools, edit the value_stream_name-vsm.json file attached to the value stream.


  1. To create a value stream, complete the following steps:
    1. On the HCL Accelerate dashboard, click Value Streams, and then click the Add new value stream button.
    2. On the Create a Value Stream window, in the Name field, enter a name for the value stream.
    3. In the Team list, select a team to manage the value stream.
      The teams that are available depend on the permissions granted to your user role. In general, you can select teams to which you belong, or that you administer.
    4. Click Save.
      The new value stream is displayed on the Value Streams page in the All Value Streams tab.
    5. Optional: To add a created value stream to My Favorites, click the All Value Streams tab and then click list view layout to display the value streams list view. In the list, locate the Name of value stream to add to My Favorites and then click my favorites icon unsaved on the left side of the field.
      The value stream is listed on the My Favorites tab.
    6. Optional: To remove a value stream from My Favorites, click my favorites icon saved and the value stream is removed from the My Favorites tab.
  2. Click value stream configure and select Edit value stream map to modify the JSON file in the code or tree view editors.
    You can also click value stream configure and select Download value stream map.
    The value_stream_name-vsm.json file is downloaded to the specified location.
  3. Using a text editor, modify the value_stream_name-vsm.json by completing the following steps:
    1. Optional: Customize phases and stages.
      You can modify the number of phases and stages, and add queries and gates to stages. A query defined in the heading sets the scope for the entire value stream. Queries defined for a stage are scoped to the stage.
    2. Define integration objects that integrate external tools into the value stream.
    3. Define lead- and cycle-times for the value stream.
      Lead-time refers to the time a project, represented by a value stream, takes from initial conception to final disposition. Cycle-time refers to the amount a time individual objects take to complete. Lead- and cycle-times can be displayed on the Value stream tab.
    4. Define link rules for integrated tools.
      Link rules define how the tools integrated into the value stream are related.
    5. Define metrics for the value stream.
    6. Define metrics for the metrics bar.
    7. Define gates for the value stream.
    8. Define mapping rules for the value stream.
  4. On the Value stream tab, click value stream configure and select Replace value stream map, and then select the modified file.

What to do next

Next, filter value streams by creating queries with the DevOps query language. Learn about the information presented by value streams.