Broadcom’s survey shows slow but steady progress on VSM

Broadcom’s survey shows slow but steady progress on VSM

A survey of 501 business and IT leaders conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of Broadcom found that more than half of them (60%) have adopted some form of Viable Systems Model, or VSM. This is reported by

However, most of these efforts are still in the early stages: 13% are in the planning stage, 25% have a pilot project, and 23% are applying VSM to a single project. Only 10% are using VSM extensively in their software development initiatives.

The survey found that Excel spreadsheets (50%) remain the most common VSM tools. 69% share VSM metrics quarterly or monthly, but only 9% share this data on an ongoing basis.

Only 36% of those surveyed said they had good or excellent visibility, while 21% described their visibility as poor or a complete “black hole”.

Lorin Knudsen, Broadcom’s chief transformation officer, said that despite the progress in VSM, there is clearly more work to be done. To facilitate this effort, Broadcom now provides a VSM Maturity Model that describes the five stages that organizations must go through before they can fully embrace VSM.

Top reasons for adopting VSM include efficiency (79%), customer experience (71%), customer value (62%), profitability (60%) and consistency (44%).

In general, organizations use VSM to reduce redundant effort, which should lead to a faster return on investment.

Ideally, organizations should be able to articulate business goals in the context of the tools used to build and deploy applications. This approach will enable developers and the DevOps teams that support them to make better business decisions based on dependencies that may exist between projects.

The survey also found that 85% of decisions are made at the management level or the team needs management approval before implementing their decisions. Only 5.8% said that decisions are made and implemented at the team level.

This reliance on a centralized command-and-control model to manage application development is a direct result of the inability to collect and share relevant data with teams working on different elements of the project.

VSM requires organizations to invest in platforms capable of collecting and analyzing relevant data.

Previously, ProIT shared what 2023 was like for DevOps: A State of the Market Overview.

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