VSTS - Great for sprint planning and execution
May 14, 2018

VSTS - Great for sprint planning and execution

Jarod Bonino | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is used at my organization for engineer team backlog management, weekly (sprint) task planning, and day-to-day progress reporting.

Pros

  • If the backlog is well maintained, it provides a great "at a glance" view of forecasting/projections.
  • It provides a nice visual for committed tasks that is sequestered from the larger group of "future" work.
  • It allows for linking among backlog items that are related or dependent on each other.

Cons

  • It can be tricky to figure out the best way to use Iteration paths.
  • It isn't easy to differentiate iterations for certain execution cadences (sprints 1 - 6 repeated every 6 weeks).
  • There is not a great way to denote "code ownership" within the product (we use an external system to figure out who should be assigned what bug based on where the bug is in the code - not the UI).
  • It has provided some visuals that are helping my team improve on sprint focus and getting done what was committed for a given week/sprint.
I much prefer VSTS over JIRA and/or Trello. A lot more functionality and more intuitive.
I love using VSTS for sprint planning and daily task execution. It provides a central hub for viewing all new features and bug fix work that a team has committed to in a given iteration.

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