VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform


Spring 2016 Release Announcement


Scaling Software Agility with SAFe® and DevOps

VersionOne’s industry-leading platform for scaling software agility adds several new features that directly support SAFe, including: a new Program Board for coordinating across multiple teams and visualizing cross-team dependencies, Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) Portfolio Item ranking, and interactive multi-team Program Increment/Release Planning on a single screen. In addition, VersionOne Continuum™ for DevOps now includes the ability to view a graphical timeline of work item history and a visual depiction of the development phases (development, test, stage, and production) of your DevOps product workflows.

Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) Ranking screenshot

Spring 2016 Software Update Schedule

April 23rd

Lifecycle Team & Catalyst Editions

April 30th

Lifecycle Enterprise & Ultimate Editions

VersionOne Lifecycle for Agile ALM

Program Board screenshot

Program Board

Ultimate Edition

For organizations implementing SAFe – or any large-scale agile initiative – the ability to coordinate plans across multiple teams and visualize cross-team dependencies during release planning is critically important. The new Program Board displays cross-team dependencies at the Portfolio Item level across each iteration in a release. This is essential when planning a complex release (or a Program Increment in SAFe) involving multiple teams. The Program Board allows teams to verify that the features they have planned are coordinated across the release schedule to avoid risks and costly delays that result from unforeseen dependencies with other teams.

PI Planning via Release Scheduling Page

Enterprise and Ultimate Editions

The Release Scheduling page supports multi-team SAFe Program Increment (PI) Planning with interactive team assignment and context sensitive filtering of backlog items by teams. We have added Target Teams – a new attribute – for assigning a lead team to a Feature (for planning purposes), while retaining the flexibility to assign individual stories to teams other than the Target Team. The backlog view for the release can be filtered to a single team by selecting the desired team from the interactive pane on the lower left. Work can easily be assigned or re-assigned to the desired team via drag and drop from the main backlog view. This flexible, interactive, multi-team PI Planning capability makes it easy to support large-scale SAFe or enterprise agile planning sessions.

Release Scheduling screenshot
Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) Ranking screenshot

Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) Ranking

Enterprise and Ultimate Editions

WSJF is a ranking system applied to Portfolio Items (also called Epics, Features or Capabilities) that ranks items based on the Cost of Delay and size. Cost of Delay is a simple algorithm that calculates a WSJF score based on estimating the Business Value, Risk Reduction, Time Criticality and Effort required to deliver a Feature. WSJF ranking has been popularized by the SAFe Framework – but can be used by any organization seeking to prioritize high-level Features during planning.

In-App Terminology Management

Enterprise and Ultimate Editions

Different agile methodologies often use different terminology to refer to a similar process or work item, such as an Issue instead of an Impediment or Blocker, or a Program Increment (SAFe terminology) instead of a Release. The new Terminology Configuration page allows you to quickly customize terminology to match those that your organization prefers to use – whether it is SAFe or another enterprise agile methodology.

In-App Terminology Management
Planning Levels screenshot

Planning Levels

Enterprise and Ultimate Editions

Planning Levels are a new Project attribute that allow you to define the levels in your planning hierarchy and use them to organize your projects. When adding child projects, the planning level will default to the next sub-level, but can be over-ridden to any desired level. Planning Levels are useful for teams implementing SAFe, but are also valuable for any organization requiring a well-defined planning hierarchy. Planning Levels can also be used with filters for limiting your view to work items at a specific Planning Level.

Portfolio Timeline

Ultimate Edition

The Portfolio Timeline has been enhanced with a modern look and feel and an intuitive graphical editing capability. Simply select the Portfolio item you wish to edit and drag it to a new start or end date. You can perform the same actions on child portfolio items within the Portfolio Timeline.


More Enhancements

Additional Ranking Methods – Portfolio items can now be selected and re-ranked using the same options currently available for Backlog items, which are: Move to Top of List, Move to Bottom of List, Move to Top of Project, Move to Bottom of Project, or Move to Page. We have also added the ability to numerically rank Portfolio and Backlog Items by entering a number to designate their ranking order.

Portfolio Item Subscriptions – You can now subscribe to Notifications for Portfolio Items – similar to other VersionOne assets that support subscription notifications.

Enterprise Dashboards – can now be filtered by project and can report on Estimate, Swag, Value, and Count.

CommitStream: Microsoft VSTS – CommitStream now supports MSFT Visual Studio Team Services users with Git-based version control repositories.

VersionOne Continuum for DevOps

DeliveryStream screenshot


Enterprise and Ultimate Edition
(VersionOne Continuum required)

DeliveryStream is a feature within Lifecycle that allows users to trigger pre-configured Continuum actions on Lifecycle work items. DeliveryStream provides visibility and traceability into VersionOne work item actions as they interact with Continuum’s DevOps workflows. DeliveryStream can be configured to trigger automated DevOps actions directly from Lifecycle work items.  Continuum is used to define and configure these automated actions.

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Continuum Work Item History Visualization

VersionOne Continuum Customers

VersionOne Continuum now provides a visual timeline history of all the steps and automations executed on a particular work item. This view is accessed by clicking on the work item name from the Perspectives menu.

Continuum Work Item History Visualization screenshot
Continuum Product Workflow screenshot

Continuum Product Workflow

VersionOne Continuum Customers

VersionOne Continuum allows you to define a product’s development workflow so you can easily visualize the development phases for the product, such as development, test, staging, and production. You can also see the pipelines that have been executed for each project under a particular product.

VersionOne ALM Connect

New Product
ALM Connect™

ALM Connect is a new enterprise integration solution for connecting VersionOne to the world’s most popular application lifecycle management (ALM) systems. It provides seamless bi-directional or uni-directional integrations, field-level mapping, custom configuration rules and automated conflict resolution. Adding ALM Connect to VersionOne ensures visibility and coordination across all of the ALM tools you use in today’s complex development environments.

ALM Connect screenshot