Product Info

VersionOne is an all-in-one agile project management tool built from the ground up to support agile software development methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP, SAFe and hybrid. From small teams to distributed enterprises, VersionOne’s suite of right-sized product editions help companies scale agile faster, easier and smarter.

Platform

Take advantage of more than 45 pre-built integration connectors to extend VersionOne and create a single, synchronized agile software development environment. Connectors are available for all VersionOne product editions, or you can build your own using VersionOne’s open, web-service API and SDKs (Java & .NET).

Training & Services

We offer world class agile and product training to help you quickly get started with agile and easily scale VersionOne across your organization. Whether you’re looking for basic training or dedicated on-site coaching you’ll find what you need to make your transition to agile faster and easier.

Customers

VersionOne has been selected and successfully deployed by over 50,000 teams in over 170 countries around the world and more than 35 Fortune 100 companies using agile software development and scrum development practices. Our customers include many of the leading technology organizations in the world.

Partners

We realize that the agile expertise that our partners offer is a critical part of a customer’s success in adopting, transitioning and scaling their agile initiatives. By leveraging the unique expertise of our global partner network, VersionOne is able to offer superior agile training, coaching and consulting services based on our customers’ specific needs

About Us

VersionOne helped pioneer the agile management tool in 2002 - way before it was the cool thing to do in the software development market. Today we remain the only enterprise software company that has been 100% dedicated to agile life cycle management since day one.

Agile Software Development Benefits

Agile methods grew out of the real-life project experiences of leading software professionals who had experienced the challenges and limitations of traditional waterfall development on project after project.  The approach promoted by agile development is in direct response to the issue associated with traditional software development – both in terms of overall philosophy as well as specific processes. 

Agile development, in its simplest form, offers a lightweight framework for helping teams, given a constantly evolving functional and technical landscape, maintain a focus on the rapid delivery of business value (i.e., “bang for the buck”).  As a result of this focus and its associated benefits, organizations are capable of significantly reducing the overall risk associated with software development.

In particular, agile development accelerates the delivery of initial business value, and through a process of continuous planning and feedback, is able to ensure that value is continuing to be maximized throughout the development process.  As a result of this iterative planning and feedback loop, teams are able to continuously align the delivered software with desired business needs, easily adapting to changing requirements throughout the process.  By measuring and evaluating status based on the undeniable truth of working, testing software, much more accurate visibility into the actual progress of projects is available.  Finally, as a result of following an agile process, at the conclusion of a project is a software system that much better addresses the business and customer needs.

The diagram below displays the differences between agile and waterfall development processes. By delivering working, tested, deployable software on an incremental basis, agile development delivers increased value, visibility, and adaptability much earlier in the life cycle, significantly reducing project risk.

Agile Software Development Value Proposition

Problems with Traditional Software Development

According to the Standish Group's famous CHAOS Report of 2000, 25% of all projects still fail outright through eventual cancellation, with no useful software deployed. Sadly, this represents a big improvement over CHAOS reports from past years. And now there is more evidence of the same kind. In Agile and Iterative Development: a Managers Guide, renowned consultant and author Craig Larman does a thorough job of debunking the traditional waterfall model once and for all.

The numbers are overwhelming. A study in the United Kingdom shows that of 1,027 projects, only 13% did not fail, and waterfall-style scope management was the "single largest contributing factor for failure, being cited in 82% of the projects as the number one problem." A 1995 study of over $37 billion USD worth of US Defense Department projects concluded that "46% of the systems so egregiously did not meet the real needs (although they met the specifications) that they were never successfully used, and another 20% required extensive rework" to be usable.

Larman also points that in "another study of 6,700 projects, it was found that four out of the five key factors contributing to project failure were associated with and aggravated by the waterfall model, including inability to deal with changing requirements, and problems with late integration."  Another study of over 400 waterfall projects reported that only 10% of the developed code was actually deployed, and of that, only 20% was actually used.

These numbers reinforce what many of us have experienced personally: the waterfall approach is a risky and expensive way to build software systems. This is the real reason why the much of industry is investigating and/or implementing agile alternatives.

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