VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform

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Why Choose VersionOne vs Microsoft TFS

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Unlike team tools and other agile solutions, the VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform enables strategic alignment, executive visibility, team simplicity, and enterprise scalability. Read on to learn more.

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  1. Built for Agile

    VersionOne was built from the ground up to support agile and lean software development workflows. Guiding team members through each step of the agile development process – from product and release planning to sprint planning, tracking, and review – VersionOne, an all-in-one agile management platform, facilitates and reinforces agile best practices. Although TFS has agile work items with workflows, these only move work items through a flow, not guide people through agile practices.

  2. Scales with You as Your Needs Grow

    VersionOne provides a focused Agile Project Management platform that supports a wide variety of agile management needs across all levels of scale: for teams, for programs and for portfolios. Whether you’re a 5 member team with basic backlog, boards and burndown needs or 5,000 users in need of enterprise-level rollup reporting across multiple projects and teams, VersionOne provides multiple editions to fulfill your requirements. By comparison, though TFS provides a breadth of functionality for the development team, in order to fuel a Microsoft TFS deployment for groups of development teams, organizations are typically required to set up multiple servers, which hampers TFS’ ability to provide the visibility required for program- and portfolio-level agile.

  3. Easy to Adopt and Use

    Designed to make agile easier for all stakeholders, VersionOne uses a process-driven UI that leads you through each phase of the agile lifecycle from product planning to release planning to iteration planning and review. In so doing, VersionOne helps accelerate agile adoption and reinforce agile best practices. And though the team is at the core of agile success, product owners, designers, and customers should be equal participants in the software development process. In recognizing that, VersionOne provides visual product roadmaps, goal planning, Customer Idea Management, SAFe metrics, release forecasting, a dedicated program planning environment and more to fulfill the needs of all participants in the software development process.

  4. Technology Neutral

    VersionOne’s focused agile lifecycle management platform integrates with a wide variety of version control and continuous integration technologies (even with TFS) making it an easy fit within any technology stack rather than tying you down to a specific one. And not only does VersionOne fit well with your existing software development tools, it’s built to keep pace with you as you try out new technologies. In contrast, TFS has a bias towards .NET development, making TFS awkward to use with other technologies. The tight coupling of work items with source control and build tooling makes TFS a “rip and replace” solution, not an incremental improvement to your existing software development infrastructure.

  5. Custom Reporting and Visualization

    Basic VersionOne reporting provides most of the information you require with 70+ agile metrics and reports. Custom reporting helps you deliver advanced information and SAFe® metrics specific to your business. VersionOne provides wizard-driven, browser-based report writing and dashboarding. Reporting and agile visualizations give teams at-a-glance comprehension and visibility across their projects. TFS provides only basic out-of-the-box agile project reporting. And obtaining views comparable to VersionOne requires manual effort and additional overhead.

VersionOne vs Microsoft TFS

Detailed Comparison

Agile tools provide a wide spectrum of capability across the software lifecycle. When evaluating capabilities you need, you€™ll probably consider several potential solutions. Highlighted below are some of the key features and benefits teams consider when comparing VersionOne with Microsoft TFS (TFS):

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Microsoft TFS

Agile Lifecycle Management

Portfolio Planning, Management and Reporting yes_bg partial_bg
Release and Iteration Planning and Tracking yes_bg yes_bg
Drag-and-Drop Backlog Management yes_bg yes_bg
Portfolio Planning and Breakdown yes_bg yes_bg
Product Roadmapping yes_bg no_bg
Goal Planning yes_bg no_bg
Impediment Management yes_bg yes_bg
Retrospective Management yes_bg partial_bg
Defect Tracking yes_bg yes_bg
Test Management (Acceptance and Regression) yes_bg yes_bg
Customer Idea Management yes_bg no_bg
Time Tracking yes_bg yes_bg

Reporting & Analytics

Microsoft TFS

Reporting & Analytics

Basic Agile Reporting (Velocity, Burndown) yes_bg yes_bg
Custom Reporting & Analytics yes_bg yes_bg
SAFe® Metrics and Support yes_bg
Best Practice Team, Executive, QA, etc., Dashboards yes_bg
Release Forecasting and “What-if” Analysis yes_bg
Agile Visualization yes_bg
Open DataMart for Third-Party Reporting yes_bg
Advanced Monte Carlo Simulation yes_bg no_bg
Scorecards for Portfolio, Program, and Project Visibility yes_bg

Agile Visualizations

Microsoft TFS

Agile Visualizations

Portfolio Bubble Chart yes_bg
Portfolio Relationship Visualization yes_bg
Relationship (Work Item) Visualization yes_bg
Portfolio Dependency Diagram yes_bg
Portfolio Timeline yes_bg
Heat Map yes_bg no_bg

Scalability

Microsoft TFS

Scalability

Program-Level Planning and Reporting yes_bg yes_bg
PlanningRoom – Dedicated Planning Environment yes_bg
Cross-Project Teams yes_bg yes_bg
Project Tree Rollup and Reporting yes_bg
Hierarchical Feature-Level (Theme) Rollups yes_bg
Project and Role-Based Security yes_bg yes_bg

Kanban

Microsoft TFS

Kanban

Electronic Portfolio Item, Story, Task, and Test Boards yes_bg
Custom Cards (Custom Fields, Colors, and Display Options) yes_bg
Configurable WIP and WIP Group Limits yes_bg yes_bg
Lean Metrics (Cumulative Flow Diagram, Cycle Time, Aging) yes_bg yes_bg

Team Collaboration

Microsoft TFS

Team Collaboration

TeamRoom – Dedicated Team-Based environment yes_bg
Interactive, Social-Media Style “Conversations” yes_bg yes_bg
Automated Notifications of Changes to System Assets yes_bg yes_bg
Integrated WIKI yes_bg
Activity Stream – Real-Time Information Flow yes_bg
Estimably„¢ – Integrated Poker-Style Estimation yes_bg no_bg
Communities yes_bg no_bg

Open Platform

Microsoft TFS

Open Platform

Open, Web-Services API yes_bg yes_bg
Free and Open Source Integration Platform yes_bg yes_bg
Pre-built Connectors to Leading IDE, Source Control, Build Automation, etc., tools yes_bg
.NET and Java SDK yes_bg yes_bg

Deployment & Setup

Microsoft TFS

Deployment & Setup

On-Demand and On-Premises Deployment yes_bg yes_bg
Support for Multiple Agile Methodologies (Scrum, XP, Kanban, AgileUP, etc.) yes_bg yes_bg
Customizable Terminology yes_bg
Custom Configuration by Project (Project Workspaces) yes_bg
Custom and Required Fields yes_bg yes_bg
100% Web-based UI yes_bg

Services & Support

Microsoft TFS

Service and Support

Email/Phone Support yes_bg yes_bg
Online and On-site Product Training yes_bg yes_bg
Community Website yes_bg yes_bg
Agile Training and Certification yes_bg

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