Azure DevOps was our Agile metrics savior!
Amy Liston | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 12, 2019

Azure DevOps was our Agile metrics savior!

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS)

We are using Azure DevOps to manage the workflow for all of our software development teams. We use this software to provide team metrics, identify team dependencies and manage agile boards. We also use the software to manage pull requests.
  • Agile Management.
  • Metrics.
  • Customized Reporting.
  • Scaleable Team Projects.
  • Column sorting when in filtered states.
  • A way to show cross-team dependencies.
  • A customized "From" field for notifications. Sometimes when a mail comes from Azure DevOps the teams do not realize that I am sending it
  • A way to do online poker that doesn't require a plug-in.
  • We have saved a ton of time not calculating metrics by hand.
  • We no longer spend time writing out cards during planning, it goes straight to the board.
  • We no longer track separate documents to track overall department goals. We were able to create customized icons at the department level that lets us track each team's progress against our dept goals.
Azure DevOps covers way more than just an awesome Agile storyboard. The widgets, the reporting, the interaction with Power BI and the features that hook into pull requests and DevOps in general, go way beyond what your competitors offer. I find Azure DevOps easy to navigate and anytime I have had a question or concern, I have received a quick, answer from tech support.
I have had to reach out to tech support a few times and I always received a quick response that answered my question. Everyone was very knowledgeable and courteous when they were trying to help me through my problems.

Do you think Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS) delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS) live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS) go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS) again?

Yes

Before using Azure DevOps, the department was calculating metrics by hand. It was a very tedious process that, at times required duplicate effort. Once we added the online boards, we were able to let the cards automatically calculate dates and provide us with team metrics instantly. It is also great for being able to easily move features from one team to another. Before we added all teams in the same project, it would require us to re-enter the features. We move features around a lot so that has been a big help. I also like the board customization, not all of our teams follow the exact same Agile flow, so allowing each board to have its own columns, states, and notifications give flexibility to each team.

Using Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS)

100 - Developers, Product Owner, Scrum Masters, Product Managers, Marketing Team
5 - Enterprise Architect, DevOps Build Engineer, Product Owner
You do not need a high level of technical background to support Azure DevOps. I am a former developer, but as a Product Owner, I set up the project for the entire department and was able to explain to the teams how to use the software.
  • Planning Day
  • Grooming
  • Stand-Ups
  • Team Metrics
  • We use it to share our innovation concepts with stakeholders prior to them entering the SDLC.
  • We might use more of the DevOps features so that they hook into our zero downtime deployment setup.
Azure DevOps is by far my favorite software that I use. It has saved me a lot of time and has helped out department get a better understanding of the work that each team is doing.