- Backlog maintenance
- Planning for both sprints and releases
- Defect tracking
- Better support for our hybrid methodology where things aren't 100% agile.
Version one supports safe i.e Strategic themes, budgeting, WSJF prioritization, PI planning, roadmaps, safe metrics, continuous delivery etc.
Also VersionOne can support any configuration of SAFe & it is pretty easy to configure.
At team level we use it for release planning, sprint planning, test management & active collaboration since teams were distributed.
Team rooms & planning rooms were very helpful to keep team focused & track progress.
Scenarios where it works well:
1) Retros can be very well facilitated & notes/action items can be captured against the sprint.
2) Product Owner can effectively track the story progress with all the test-cases, design etc.
3) Being good scaling support, it provides good visibility across multiple teams, programs and agile portfolios, providing a centralized environment where all our stakeholders can easily work together regardless of location.
4) It provides easy tracking all of your epics, stories, themes, defects, tasks, tests and issues
5) I like its intuitive UI as for moving stories around, burning hours.
6) It allows top leadership to visualize and report their strategic plans, giving all stakeholders the relevant data that they need to stay dedicated to the project priorities.
7) It can be easily integrated with slack so for few teams we used slack for collaboration
Scenarios where it did not work well:
1) Test Management need improvement in terms of tracking tests, team had hard time tracking regression test cases.
2) Version one comes with lot of features like Rally but here we don’t get customizations which is there in Jira where from workflow to issue everything can be customized based on your team/program/portfolio requirements.
3) Lot of navigation to access basic stuff. Example I want to go to bug attachment , there are lt of clicks & navigation need to do which should be pretty straightforward I feel.
Good: VersionOne allows teams to keep track of the status of their work. It also allows for the management of granual level project tasks.
Not so good: Engineers like to customize tools to suit their particular needs, VersionOne does not allow a great deal of customization.