VersionOne

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VersionOne is an all-in-one agile management tool to support agile software development methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP and Hybrid.

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VersionOne review by <span>Jon F.</span>
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"Complex and Focused On Engineering but Good Reporting"

What do you like best?

Once a group of users or team adopt VersionOne and populate projects etc, there are great visualizations that can be generated from the data. It takes a lot of work to get to this point but the burn up, burn down, velocity, and other charts are good tools for simplifying large amounts of information for higher ups.

What do you dislike?

The speed of the web app is...uh, slow. It was very difficult to use especially on our moderate enterprise network. Very frustrating, to be honest. Additionally, the learning curve for getting up and running and productive is large with VersionOne. The price of the flexibility and configurability of this tool is the extensive learning curve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My personal recommendation based upon extensive use for many projects and applications would be to find a different solution for your agile or project management or work-organization needs. VersionOne is too complex, slow, broad, etc to be extremely useful (based upon my experience and the experiences of our 15+ engineering team).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our business unit used VersionOne for about two years in an attempt to implement a blended agile/waterfall development environment. The tool has been used successfully in other business units in our enterprise but, ultimately, VersionOne wasn't useful for our team in the long-term.

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VersionOne review by <span>Shobhit A.</span>
Shobhit A.
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"Very Good tool for Agile "

What do you like best?

The simplicity and ease of handling the tool and requirement.

- quickly any new person can come up to speed and understand how it works

- Easy way to manage all requirements (stories), efforts burned and testing/defect logging for a project.

What do you dislike?

- Can be unstable sometimes

- sometimes when multiple sprints are closed and access provided to users it acts crazy and takes away rights from people to see old data need to fix them.

- Sometimes even when nothing is selected in filters it behaves crazy and removes items. Sometimes it can be fixed by clicking 'remove all filters' and so invisible filters can be removed but sometimes it cannot be done.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Ease of use and many things can be done in it easily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Agile product development

- managing requirements

- managing efforts

- managing test cases/ test suites

- managing progress over the period and current development cycle and many more benefits .

What Product Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
VersionOne review by <span>Tom D.</span>
Tom D.
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"Version One experiences user"

What do you like best?

Although incredibly complex, the interface is simple. You can use parts of the system happily, even if you don't need all the parts.

Drag and drop are cool features.

What do you dislike?

If you get too many projects in the XML hierarchy, it slows down. It would also be better if they did not call them projects, but something more generic, since, projects are a bit antithetical to agile.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We evaluated Rally and CA as options. And then, evaluated them again, 5 years into implementation. Still like Version One.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have 200+ agile teams that use Version One to run their scrum teams. We also use it to track cross-team and cross-project tasks and teams.

VersionOne review by <span>Andrew M.</span>
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"Solid Product, but can be complicated"

What do you like best?

Hands down, the team rooms are the single best feature that VersionOne has to offer. The team rooms offer a place to see your team's (and only your teams) backlog, a storyboard for the current sprint, taskboard for the current sprint and a slew of other options. It also includes the mini-game 'Estimably' which helps teams estimate stories anonymously without an confusion as to what story we are actually estimating. Overall, it's a great feature and makes it really easy to dive in and get a quick birds eye of where the team stands.

What do you dislike?

Looking at the product backlog can be very confusing. VersionOne doesn't include (at least in my implementation) a marker of which Epic, or if you are in the team room, which project a story belongs too. We had to adjust the naming convention of the stories to include an acronym describing which feature epic and which functional epic the story comes from.

Additionally, VersionOne for whatever reason, renamed everything to do with Epics in their platform to "Portfolio Items." Which to anyone with a scrum background is generally pretty confusing. I'm not sure why they made the change and while at it's heart it's just a label change, it's annoying that the deviated from standard agile terminology.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's a lot of great features within VersionOne that you won't find anywhere else. But what it makes up in innovative features, it falls down in that it's not quite as customization as some of other competitors on the market. VersionOne has a clear vision of how you should be using the product, and deviating from the vision is difficult to successfully implement.

There are some features of the application that were implemented without a clear goal in mind, such as the "Add an Inline Story." On the surface, it looks like a quick easy to add a story. But there aren't options to add in Epics or Sub-epics to keep track of where the story goes. Outside of the backlog, where the functionality exists, it's not clear what happened to the story and it's not easy to track down in your portfolio view.

Additionally, with all the innovative features comes an 'innovative' price tag. Many of the innovative features will probably be overkill for smaller, and there are more affordable options. For larger organizations, the transparency and planning across many teams and many products makes VersionOne a much more attractive option.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a large organization implementing agile development across multiple teams, in multiple locations/countries. VersionOne allows us to have greater transparency up and down the line -- from the the status of a portfolio of products, down to the status of a specific story in a given sprint. The reporting has allowed us to project well in advance on the health of the project and raise concerns to upper management much earlier than we would have been able to in the waterfall method.

VersionOne review by <span>Stephen P.</span>
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"I'm really hoping for VersionTwo"

What do you like best?

Managing an Agile project, I really like the Storyboard view: it shows me the salient bits of everything in the current sprint as well as Closed and upcoming in the backlog, on a single screen. Some of the capabilities to generate burndown charts are also very well done, assuming you are happy with what the software produces as-is.

What do you dislike?

So many things. It's simply not intuitive. I'd happily rip it out in favor of Bugzilla. For issue tracking purposes, the very relevant bits to me include description, attachments, and resolution, but those things take some scanning to find on the issue screen and attachments particularly takes several clicks to access hidden away. The fact that neither the software engineers nor the project managers generally like this tool is pretty indicative of weakness.

Like a lot of Agile project management tools, VersionOne is extensively configurable, which is good and bad: you have infinite ways to make it fit your workflow, but it can create a pretty high barrier to entry for newer users, admins, as well as to those whose roles does not require them to live & breathe in the tool but get too intimidated to even dabble.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take it, Pivotal Tracker, JIRA, and anything else you're considering through a test drive, running an example week-long project through each,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For those few who learn the tool, it helps reinforce Agile thinking and practices.

VersionOne review by <span>Jayesh V.</span>
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"Awesome tool for tracking agile progress"

What do you like best?

It's awesome tool for tracking progress of each sprint in agile development. There are lots of cool and nice features version one. Mainly Task board, Planning room and effort tracking are such awesome features that I really like

What do you dislike?

Actually for there is nothing for dislike in version one but it consist lots of features so its bit difficult to understand every feature of version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its awesome tool for tracking progress of each sprint in agile development. I would really recommend this tool to peoples who works in agile development. All of the feature provided by this tool are very awesome.

But you need one admin for hosting this tool in your environment. So it may cost more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using version one in agile development for tracking progress of each sprint and PSI. Its very usefully to keep track of capacity of every team member and track there effort during sprint

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