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Aha!

26 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

190 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

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Aha!

Aha! makes it easy for the entire organization to stay connected. I know what tasks are being worked on, what product tasks will happen next and larger features that we will work on in the next few months.

I still have no idea how to use the reports section and I don't personally have tasks represented in Aha!. I find this to be more of a solution for our technical and marketing team. I tend to use software like Zendesk each day to directly assist customer needs.
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

It has been a great tool when comes to code compilation. As a developer, it helps a lot for us to find issues in the code, as Microsoft Visual Studio Team System has the best debugging tools. We can also check the code line by line to find the exact line where the error is. Developers can also place their important code at their shelveset and can easily get it from there when they need to. As for integration, it helps us to compile large code and deploy the changes with a single GO.
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Pros

  • The UI is incredibly simple and intuitive - I picked it up with no particular training.
  • I like how you can sort or filter your boards and tasks into different styles of display until you find the one that works best for you.
  • The internal naming system is really natural, even for people who haven't used a kanban board, sprints, or agile before.
  • The little side features, like linking to external documentation or tying cards together into groups, are all really well handled and easy to use.
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  • Work item management is fantastic and easy to use. It can be used as simply just tracking tasks, or as complex as tracing work items from multiple projects being assigned to a single developer. Work items can be customized easily to meet the needs of your organization as well, and it isn't difficult to manage the customization.
  • Source code management is excellent and tied directly into VSTS. You have a choice of TFVC or GIT management options - we've switched to git and have not looked back. It is fully featured and commits can be tied directly to a work item using # tags.
  • Metrics/dashboard - being able to write simple queries and move them to a dashboard in a few minutes is great. It enables team managers a quick board to review the status of a project and quickly act on any issues cropping up.
  • Build and release management - if you don't have this... you'll want it. The integration is magic, the interface is easy, and to setup an automated build using the hosted agent was a breeze. We did have to purchase an additional license because of the number of builds we had, but it was worth it.
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Cons

  • Some people fuss about it being overly simplistic, but I find that I prefer it.
  • We never took much advantage of the integrations - it'd be nice to push a task from Slack to my board.
  • The board-to-board functionality between peer boards (ie: not two of my own, but my boss's board to mine) was a little rickety.
  • I'd like to see a cleaner archive function.
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  • VSTS has a log of flexibility... almost too much. It's hard to actually decide how best to use it until you just set it up and try it out.
  • Currently getting a list of work items on the main home page is messy. There's no hierarchy so it can sometimes be just a blast of work without any sorting or prioritization settings. There's a simple work-around to simply create a query for yourself and enable "search across multiple projects". That works alright, but it would be a better experience if the home page had this already covered.
  • Teams management could be better. It's a little confusing, and not easy to setup. Our specific use case of having some teams able to only see their backlog and nothing else was not achievable in the current implementation of VSTS. As a result, whenever we have to contract out work, we end up creating a new Team Project. It's not all bad, because team project contents can be easily migrated to another project, but it's still a bit annoying.
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System10.0
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I don't think our organization will stray from using VSTS/TFS as we are now looking to upgrade to the 2012 version. Since our business is software development and we want to meet the requirements of CMMI to deliver consistent and high quality software, this SDLC management tool is here to stay. In addition, our company uses a lot of Microsoft products, such as Office 365, Asp.net, etc, and since VSTS/TFS has proved itself invaluable to our own processes and is within the Microsoft family of products, we will continue to use VSTS/TFS for a long, long time.
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Usability

Aha!6.0
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The functionality is there, but it's intimidating to learn.
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System9.0
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Apart from the time zone issue mentioned in a previous step, everything else works great for our project. We have started using the auto build functionality after checking in the source code which has saved us a lot of time. The iterations help us manage work efficiently. We are very happy with the way we are able to manage the project using VSTS.
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Support

Aha!10.0
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Support always answered in 24 hours for any inquiry-- a reasonable timeframe for most of our requests. The PM team participated actively in supporting their features, keeping them close to the product.
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Alternatives Considered

Aha! is slightly more complex and nuanced than Trello, which is nice. Trello feels like a digital sticky note system sometimes.It's more straightforward in UI and collaboration than Workfront or Workamajig without all the extra (seemingly unnecessary) features, like scoping forms built in rather than linked, accounting forms, etc.And compared to JIRA, it works much better for a lower-tech, more creative team.
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I haven't used any other products, so I can't say how VSTS/TFS would stack against any competitors, but I know that for an SDLC management tool, VSTS/TFS has everything you need to help an organization meet the requirements needed to adhere to the specific/general practices related to CMMI.
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Return on Investment

  • I think it's taught us how to group tasks into big overarching goals that get broken into one- and two-step pieces. Eating the elephant one bite at a time.
  • We've also learned to be a bit more efficient in sharing what we're doing and what we'll need help with, instead of springing tasks on each other last minute.
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  • It has saved our development team a lot of time in organizing sprints and communicating within the team effectively.
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Aha!

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Free Trial
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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