This blog is the first in a series of articles that we release prior to our next update of the RM tool list. It focuses on VersionOne, which is one of the RM tools that we list in the “Selected” section of our RM tools list.

VersionOne delivered 3 releases since our September 2014 update of the RM tool list:

Within this blog some features of the above referred to releases will be highlighted. The majority of new functionality focuses on large scale agile support. VersionOne has obviously identified large scale agile support as a key theme for those releases.

CA PPM integration: CA Technologies and VersionOne have partnered to build a native integration to connect CA PPM (formerly CA Clarity™ PPM) with VersionOne. This integration allows CA PPM business users to analyze and approve projects and gives them visibility into Agile project elaboration and execution within VersionOne.

Dependency Capabilities Expanded: “Dependency” is a special type of relationship in VersionOne. Dependencies help to schedule activities on items which depend on each other. VersionOne has built-in checking capabilities that warn users if items depend on each other, but are scheduled in the wrong sequence. VersionOne has now expanded the use of dependencies on any primary workitem: Story, Defect or Test Set.

Naming alignments: VersionOne started to align its portfolio planning capabilities. As a consequence a couple of items previously name “epic” are now using the term “portfolio”, e.g.: portfolio kanban (previously epic board) and portfolio timeline (previously epic time line). With these naming alignments VersionOne tries to eliminate some naming confusions specifically in regards to the SAFe framework.

Epic Dependency Visualization: This new view rolls up dependencies between workitems so that you can see all the interdependencies for your epics.

Strategic Themes allow to guide the top level planning for epics across the portfolio.

Epic Timeline Drilldown provides users the ability to drill-down on epics in the timeline view and see sub-items nicely aligned.

Reporting has been enhanced in several places. New and enhanced reports are now available even in the basic editions.

Scorecards are widely accepted as a central location for key metrics in software delivery. In VersionOne Scorecards are available for Programs, Projects, Portfolio Items and Teams. It’s a kind of a dashboard that is responsive and can be accessed from mobile devices as well.

Agile Communities are supported to establish, evolve and promote Agile best practices across teams and throughout the entire organization with the Communities capabilities in VersionOne.