Manage Your Mission-Critical ALM Integrations with ALM Connect

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With the introduction of ALM Connect™, VersionOne is providing a one stop shop for the integration needs of larger organizations.  With previous integration options, you would have to manage multiple integration installations.  With ALM Connect, you can manage all your integrations from a single platform, and there are several other features that make ALM Connect an integration powerhouse.alm-graph-800x800With previous integrations it didn’t take long before a customer would ask “well this is great and all but can we have other fields?”  The answer is yes, but it would require your team or the services team to write that code.  Both of these have a cost, directly or indirectly someone is being paid to add that code.  With ALM Connect this is a simple mapping exercise.  If you need a new field, you can simply edit the current mapping and add that field.  Not only do these mappings provide flexibility, they provide options for conflict resolution.  With previous integrations, it was whatever came out of the box, unless you had custom code written.  With ALM Connect, once these mappings are created, they can be saved as templates and reused on other integration points.  The advantages just keep going!

Flexibility is key with ALM Connect. In the past, the older integrations only supported data flow in one direction and to one project.  ALM Connect allows for data flow in either direction by setting up the appropriate mapping flow.  You can set up the flow so that a field such as customer ID is one way and the status of the story is bi-directional between systems.  “But what if the statuses don’t match?” No worries, you can simply adjust how each status maps to the status in the other system.  For instance, if a system has a status of not started, discovery, development, testing, done, and accepted,  then the mapping can be adjusted so that discovery, development, testing point to in progress in the other system.  Need different data flowing for different projects between systems?  No problem, each integration can be set up differently in ALM Connect.

All of this is great for teams and keeping data in sync, but what about the people who are responsible for initiatives or high level features? ALM Connect has you covered at the higher level. The product management team can create portfolio items in VersionOne.  Those portfolio items are then sent over to the system that the teams choose to work in.  As the team decomposes the portfolio item into stories, they are sent over to VersionOne and you guessed it…related to the corresponding portfolio item which provides details back to product management.  As the stories are completed, progress is sent over to VersionOne for reporting.  In essence, this helps to complete the cycle, from idea to delivery with progress tracking along the way.

ALM Connect is powered by OpsHub technology.  OpsHub has been in the integration business for more than five years.  Integrating systems is what they do.  OpsHub provides integration updates regularly and provides enhancements to existing integrations.  OpsHub has key relationships in place with the tool vendors to ensure they are aware of upcoming changes to tool platforms.

With VersionOne ALM Connect you have a powerful enterprise integration solution that will ease integration administration, allow teams to work in their preferred system, while providing data and reporting back to product management.

Learn more about ALM Connect.

ALM Connect is a trademark of VersionOne Inc.

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New Portfolio Item Subscriptions

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During my time on the VersionOne Services team, one of the features I always tried to highlight with larger customers was subscriptions. Such a simple feature can provide a huge impact in larger enterprises. Team members can use subscriptions to alert them  when they have been assigned to a task or test. A product owner can subscribe to be notified when a story is set to the done status for approval. And now with the Spring 2016 Release VersionOne can also  support subscriptions for Portfolio Items.

There are several good uses for Portfolio Item Subscriptions. First, it will be quite useful for users involved in higher level planning who want to be kept up to date with changes to initiatives or features. Another use would be for anyone involved in DevOps to know when a portfolio item of type feature is set to ready for deployment. And for organizations implementing the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), subscriptions are useful for PI planning.  Those are just a few ways to use Portfolio Item Subscriptions that come to mind quickly.  From the screenshot below you will notice that we tried to be consistent with other subscriptions.

PI Subscription Options

PI Subscription Options

After clicking subscribe you will be presented with the typical filtering options such as project, portfolio item type, and owner. The status changed subscription of course contains a status filter. Give the subscription a title, set your filters, click subscribe…and you’re done!

A feature enhancement such as Portfolio Item Subscriptions is a classic case where a small addition can make a huge impact.  We promote face-to-face collaboration, however that is not possible in all cases.  For distributed teams or people that simply wear too many hats, subscriptions are an easy way to feel connected.

What uses can you come up with for Portfolio Items Subscriptions?

Click here for more information about VersionOne’s Spring 2016 Release.

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VersionOne Spring 2016 Release

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Once I was the Winter Release, then my CEO told me,
“Go build yourself some features or you’ll be lonely.”
Once I was a Winter Release

It was a big big release, but we thought it could be bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By March PI Planning and shortest job first was rankin’
Never content so we were out to make that feature super kickin’

Once I was a Fall Release, my boss told me,
“Go get yourself a Program Board or you’ll be lonely.”
Once I was a Fall Release

I always had that dream, like the release before me
So I started writing code, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
‘Cause only those who amigo will ever really know me

Once I was a Summer Release, my story got told
Before the conference and we sold, when life was crazy
Once I was a Summer Release

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest features, they can really make it major
I got my devs with me, and all those in favor
And if we don’t ship before I leave, I know you’ll see it later

Now I’m a Spring Release, my story’s getting’ told
I am writing about everything I have before me
Now I’m a Spring Release

Soon we’ll be another release, our products will be sold
We’ll have traveled around the world and still be selling
Soon we’ll be another release…

Spring Release is out.  Check out the notes.

  • 4/23 – Team / Catalyst Batch Update
  • 4/30 – Enterprise / Ultimate Batch Update
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New VersionOne Program Board Supports SAFe Program Increment (PI) Planning

new-versionone-program-board-supports-safe-800x328If your organization is implementing Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), then you’ll want to take a look at VersionOne’s new Program Board which is central to Program Increment (PI) planning. The Program Board helps team easily view and track dependent work across their PI’s. This board shows dependencies that have been assigned to work and planned into iterations providing transparency and visibility for program and delivery teams to visualize the work done, the work in progress, and to clearly identify potential blockers in the way.

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The easiest way to visualize how to manage the items on the Program Board is to know how to manage the work.  Using an agile method like Scrum and SAFe, teams deliver value via working solutions, planned in sprints, and delivered in releases.story spoke

Using the VersionOne Lifecycle for Agile ALM platform, the user story is the center of the asset wheel, and all the entities around it make up the report.

Stories are the key in several ways:

  • Stories are aligned to releases (e.g. PI’s)
  • Stories are planned into sprints or iterations
  • Stories are assigned to a team, representing the group responsible for completing the work
  • Stories have dependencies, upstream and downstream with other user stories, especially the stories that have cross-team, feature and sprint/iteration boundaries
  • Stories are tied to features or epics using portfolio items, and they roll up from feature to epic if the hierarchy exists

Key Benefits of the Program Board

  • Visualize cross-team dependencies
  • See the work dependencies aligned to the sprints
  • View percentage complete indicators for the features
  • Indentify upstream and downstream work, and hover over visualizations for easy reading
  • See unplanned and out-of-scope work
  • Manage your PI Planning Board electronically and track history of changes as you go

Easy Steps to Create Visualizations with the Program Board

Here are the steps you can use to setup and track cross-team dependency work for your enterprise on the VersionOne Program Board.

1. Teams – Create the Teams, or verify that the teams are already created.  You can also see the teams from Release Planning > Team Scheduling

2. Epics & Features – Breakdown Epics to Features and align the Features to the correct planning level project asset.  This can be done in Release Planning.

3. Stories & Alignment – Create the user stories manually or via the Excel Import, and align the Assign Dependenciesstories to the Teams and Features, (Portfolio Item field). Both editable fields on the story.

4. Dependencies Track dependencies between the stories, teams, and features by creating upstream or downstream dependencies from Story to Story.  This can be done on the a story grid page like the Product Backlog Page, or on the Story Detail Page. Dependencies are set at the Story level, but they roll up to the team and feature level dependencies.

5. Sprints – Plan the stories into one or more sprints.  This is done in Sprint/Iteration Planning and is the final puzzle piece that will allow you to see the cross team, and feature work.

Other Notes

  • You can have different views of the Program Board by aligning the Epics to a higher planning level (e.g. align Epics to the ART or Portfolio)
  • The selected project must have a start date, end date, and schedule.
  • For all the details on the Program Board and all the other agile capabilities above, please visit our community page.
  • The Program Board is available in the Ultimate Edition starting in the Winter 2016 – 16.0.3 release.

Scaled Agile Framework and SAFe are registered trademarks of Scaled Agile, Inc.

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Is the Process Fix In?

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In the best selling book Who Moved My Cheese?author Spencer Johnson tells the fictional tale  of two mice, and two humans who must deal with the inevitable changes happening in their “cheese” environment. Two of the key lessons about changes from the book are that in work and life, you must:cheese

  • Monitor Change:  Smell the cheese often so you know when it’s getting old.
  • Adapt To Change Quickly: The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy the new cheese.

Source: Wikipedia

Anticipate Change

The need to accept and anticipate change is a recurring theme surfacing in all agile teams looking for better ways to try to manage uncertainty. The good news is that there are team-tested ways to make even minor improvements that can pay valuable
dividends.

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anticipate and manage changes using Conversations, and Community Topics to manage their lean change process documentation efforts. 

Monitor & Adapt Using Conversations

Conversations allow agile team members, stakeholders, and others to actively collaborate about anything related to different assets, such as releases, epics, work items, tasks, and community topics. Because they are automatically associated with the various items, you can easily find and keep track of related discussions. This is a key way for your organization to be able monitor, track, and trace changes including all the important discussions leading up to the change.

As teams adapt more quickly to changes, they become experts at exclusively using the correct dosage of VersionOne Conversations to document all the important decisions for the work they are doing. This provides transparency for the team to see what was done, along with the tracking history behind the change decision.  Guest collaborators can also be included in the conversations, allowing your customers and suppliers to interact directly with the teams. This capability does not give them access to the work in VersionOne, just to the conversations they are included on. This also does not count against your license usage.

Benefits with Conversations

  • Monitor change where it happens
  • Eliminate inefficient communication vehicles like email
  • Consolidate and collaborate directly on the work items
  • Provide transparency at all levels of the enterprise
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders on the work being done
  • Track accountability via the changed date and member name

Real-World Conversation Example

A great use case for VersionOne Conversations to use them to track, monitor, and understand changes made to Community Topics. Conversations are used as the “confirmation medium” for your changes.  Here is how that looks in VersionOne:Lean process Change - CU

 

A. Lean Process Changes Made

  • Change ExampleA new process change for checking in fixes surfaces at a team retrospective. This spawns a proposed update conversation related to the Community Topic for “How We Check In Fixes.”
  • The change follows the lean change process and is documented in the topic, as well as a conversation for further discussion. With the topic updated and discussed, it’s ready for consumption by the teams, but is it understood?

B. Understanding Confirmed 

  •  Start a conversation on the changed topic to “Check Understanding (CU)”.  The Check Understanding topic can instruct the correct roles (e.g., ScrumMaster) to confirm that their team has adoptedCheck Understanding the change, and to use the conversation to ask any additional questions for clarification.
  •  The organization can then review the CU conversation for that change to verify that all the teams are “on board.”
  • These changes are integrated with your Agile ALM solution and help drive team and organization lean-process thinking.

The end result is your ability to quickly adapt to and efficiently monitor changes.

So the answer to the question “Is the Process Fix In?” is all in the conversation, when it happened, why, who agreed to the fix, and who understands the change.

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Agile Tip: SAFe Team Program Increment Objectives in Community Topics

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Using the VersionOne Communities and Topics to present team objectives is a fast and efficient way clearly display your Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Team Program Increment (PI) objectives.  Integrated into the TeamRoom via the Topics panel, the VersionOne TeamRoom topic conversations also allow your suppliers and customers to communicate and discuss the objectives and status of different PI’s.  This can be done as a member of the team, or as a guest collaborator via an email address.Using Topics for PI Objectives

Key Benefits:

  • Alignment to the SAFe PI Objectives at any level
  • Transparency for team and leaders across the organization
  • Collaboration with your suppliers and customers
  • Ability to change as situations change by using the conversations to document decisions
  • Ability to use @Links in the rich text editor on topics to link to any other asset in VersionOne
  • History tracking of every update to the Communities > Topics

How to Use Communities and Topics for Your PI Objectives:

  • Add a new community for your team using the  VersionOne Collaboration capability
  • Create a new topic for your team’s PI Objectives (e.g. PI#xxxx)
  • Pin the topic to your TeamRoom
  • Start collaborating

TeamRoom is a trademark of VersionOne Inc. Scaled Agile Framework and SAFe are registered trademarks of Scaled Agile, Inc.

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Time Tracking Doesn’t Have to Be a Hassle. No, Really.

Main_timesheets-800x328Agile teams typically track a few key metrics. Scrum teams may look at sprint velocity and sprint burndown, while Kanban teams may care about cycle time and throughput. The exact set of metrics and their importance is specific to each team.

A few of those metrics are fueled by team members tracking the time they spent on a task and updating the remaining hours for the task. This data feeds the burndown charts and inform future planning sessions. However, in order for these entries to provide maximum value to the team and keep others up to date, they need to be updated at least once a day.

Is Time Tracking Required?

On top of the need for daily effort tracking, some teams are required to track their time for accounting purposes, whether to enable client billing or to satisfy government regulations. This is often done in a separate system of record, with its own login and password and often cumbersome user interface, forcing the team members to enter the same data twice. Moreover, the tasks and stories that the team member is working on are not automatically available on their timesheets.

An Elegant Solution

At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself that there’s got to be a better way, seeing how this duplication of effort is hurting the team productivity and morale, while making their time tracking less accurate. We, at VersionOne, had that same thought and we introduced a user-friendly Timesheet interface embedded within the platform that the team is already using every day in our Winter 2016 Release.  More importantly, the effort tracking data that the team is already updating feeds the Timesheet and vice versa, the time entered into the Timesheet can be viewed on the tasks and stories. The Timesheet even allows for a quick and easy update of your remaining “to do” for each task.

Team Effort Tracking Feeds the Timesheet and Vice Versa

Team Effort Tracking Feeds the Timesheet and Vice Versa

The Details That Delight

This new feature is available as of the Winter 2016 Release of the VersionOne Enterprise Agile Lifecycle platform. The Timesheet is available through the “My Home” menu in the application, as well as through the user menu, which allows for direct access from the TeamRoom. The initial Timesheet view shows all items that you already tracked time against in the current week, with quick access to add more items. When adding new items to the sheet, any item that you own is available for quick selection. Not seeing the item you need? Just start typing to look up any other item.

The Timesheet user interface is very intuitive and easy to use. Click into any cell to edit, type a new value, tab to the next field, repeat. Don’t bother looking for the Save buttons, as all edits are automatically saved. Of course, you can also navigate to any week, not just the current one, to view and edit your entries.

Sample Timesheet View

Sample Timesheet View

Easy Integrations

Given that the data is shared between effort tracking on stories/tasks and the Timesheet, any existing backend integrations will continue to work. If you don’t already have the data flowing into your back office reporting solution, the information you need is only an API call away.

Similarly, all of your existing reports that show effort progress will work the same way, will be fed by more accurate data collected from happier team members.

Stay tuned for additional articles introducing other Winter 2016 Release enhancements.

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Native Kanban Support Added to TeamRooms

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As a consultant with VersionOne for the better part of three years, I would routinely get questions around the fact that TeamRooms™ in VersionOne did not support Kanban natively. I had to explain to the team, I know you don’t use Scrum but… I know you don’t use a sprint but… I know, I know you don’t have any need for a burndown or a velocity….I know…but aren’t TeamRooms so cool!?!

The reality is TeamRooms have been and will likely continue to be a favorite feature for teams within VersionOne no matter what framework is in place. Kanban teams in the past of course could work just fine in a TeamRoom however there were aspects in the room that that would not help a Kanban team. The Winter 2016 release changes all that introducing native Kanban support in TeamRooms!

Whether the TeamRoom already exists or needs to be created, setting the TeamRoom up to use Kanban is quite easy. All the TeamRoom admin needs to do is update the Team Flow setting in TeamRoom to Kanban. Once this is complete and saved there will be immediate visible changes.

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What! The upper right corner no longer reads NO DATA TO DISPLAY! The burndown chart has been replaced by a useful cumulative flow chart. In fact, all three pieces of Scrum related data have been replaced with cycle time, throughput, and cumulative flow. These metrics are far more useful and the enhancements don’t stop with metrics.

First, the Backlog panel no longer forecasts future sprints. The forecast line now represents what is likely to be completed in future weeks using previous performance throughput week over week. The backlog panel now also represents all work that has not been started.

You’ll notice the None column is missing from the Storyboard panel. This was also a question I was use to get as a consultant: “We use Kanban, can we ditch the None column?
The final change is with the Closed panel. In the past, the Closed panel would display items closed sprint over sprint.  We don’t use sprints…I know I know…so the Closed panel now displays items closed out week over week.

The change in the Winter 2016 release are major improvements for Kanban teams that want to harness the collaborative environment within TeamRooms.

Stay tuned for additional articles on VersionOne’s other Winter 2016 Release products and enhancements.

TeamRoom is a trademark of VersionOne Inc.

 

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Budgeting Your Strategic Themes to Help Teams Deliver Value 

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  1. relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.(Source: Google)

Taking a strategic approach to your annual spending is a sound and fiscally responsible thing to do. Portfolio level strategic themes allow you to set a vision for the value streams within your enterprise, and align the initiatives, features and completed work from the  teams to those themes.  The next logical step is to decide on the budget amounts you want to allocate to those themes.  In VersionOne you can allocate your budget by percentage, dollar amount or estimate points.

The key point is to have meaningful and easy to use metrics to help the teams deliver value to the end customer.  The three things that give your senior leadership team the information they need to track and keep the train moving in the right direction include:

  • Setting your portfolio level strategic themes and vision
  • Aligning your initiatives to your vision via the strategic themes, and
  • Tracking the budgetary goals to the actual completion

EXAMPLE

Here is an example pf a real-world scenario. Core Improvements is a strategic theme for the next year.

  • 30% is the Budget amount we want to allocate to Core Improvements
  • 29% is the Completed amount so far for this budget period for Core Improvements, a good indicator
  • 8% is the Estimate At Completion amount once all the planned work is done, not such a good indicator

Budgets

RESULTS

The leadership team has the visibility they need to determine if their Core Improvement goals are being actively worked and ultimately satisfied.  The next step will be to help the product owners and directors add more initiatives and features that align to the Core Improvements strategy.

Key Benefits and Uses:

  • Increased line of sight transparency of the overall strategy and vision from the work item level to the portfolio item levels
  • Improved clarity and decision making for director levels and above
  • Better collaboration between senior leaders, program managers and product owners

For more information on Portfolio Budgeting, visit our community page.

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Scorecards and Other Executive Visibility Options in VersionOne

For executives, whose days are primarily consumed with business-focused activities, summary metrics about a given initiative, project, or feature are usually sufficient.  For them, there is more to running the business than building the software.  And with limited time, it is better to know at a glance what is running smoothly and what needs attention.

VersionOne Scorecards provide a single location to help executives identify what needs their attention.  There are six Scorecards available in both the Enterprise and Ultimate Editions of VersionOne: Project, Program, Portfolio Item, Iteration, TeamRoom, and Team.  Each Scorecard indicates the current status towards an on-time delivery by showing you the actual percent complete compared to the expected percent complete.

The pace of delivery is captured numerically in a productivity number that indicates the average number of backlog items delivered per week over the last four weeks.  Progress and pace are also trended on the Project Burn-up and Cumulative Flow diagrams.  These charts also provide perspective on how the total scope has changed over time and the flow of work through your process.

To get an understanding of remaining work, the Scorecards contain a pie cart and a count of un-estimated stories – a measure of risk in organizations using Estimate to determine scope and/or predict delivery.  There is also an indicator of the number of blocked items – things that are restricting the flow of other work through your process.  Finally, each Scorecard supports the ability to drill down into lower level information if needed.

Project Scorecard

The Project Scorecard is a great place to track a single Release or Program Increment.   In addition to high level metrics indicating progress, trends, remaining work, this Scorecard allows you to breakdown those metrics by Active Portfolio Items, Projects and Teams.

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The Active Portfolio Items breakdown gives you visibility into the currently active features that will be delivered in the release or program increment.  This allows you to see the progress of key features regardless of the overall trend.

The Project breakdown provides visibility into child projects.  This is useful to organizations who breakdown large projects into smaller deliverables or organizations that use child nodes to represent teams.

The Team breakdown provides visibility into the relative load and overall progress of all VersionOne Teams contributing to the release or program increment.  This is useful for seeing how work is distributed across teams and understanding team progress.

Regardless of breakdown, clicking on the title will take you to another Scorecard focused on the selected item.  For example, maybe the overall numbers looks great for an on-time delivery; however from the Project Scorecard, you realize a key Portfolio Item is struggling.  Clicking on the title of that Portfolio Item will present a Scorecard focused on that Portfolio Item.  The information presented on that Scorecard can be used to start the conversation necessary to determine what action is required.

Program Scorecard

The Program Scorecard provides roll-up metrics for multiple disparate Projects in your VersionOne instance.  This Scorecard is an excellent place for summary level metrics when multiple products, or projects, combine into a single deliverable.  It is also valuable to individuals responsible for multiple projects.

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The Project Breakdown on this Scorecard provides visibility into the individual projects that makeup the program.  Here you can see how each project is tracking towards delivery and can drill into struggling projects for more detail.  As with the Project Scorecard, the Active Portfolio Item breakdown provides visibility into the currently active features in the Program, and the Team breakdown provides insight into the load and progress of each delivery Team in the Program.

Portfolio Item Scorecard

Whether you are using Portfolio Items to represent features in a release or program increment, or using them to aggregate value being delivered into high-level business initiatives, or both, the Portfolio Item Scorecard provides key insight into the work being delivered for a single Portfolio Item.

From this Scorecard you gain visibility into the Projects and Teams impacted by the Portfolio Item as well as visibility into active child Portfolio Items.  All three are especially useful when using Portfolio Items to aggregate value delivered into your organization.

 TeamRoom, Iteration, and Team Scorecards

The other three scorecards, TeamRoom, Iteration, and Team, provide similar insight and visibility at more granular levels.

The TeamRoom Scorecard provides insight into work that is being delivered in the TeamRoom.  This is a focused Scorecard based on the project, program, schedule, and team configuration values for the TeamRooom.  Since a TeamRoom require a schedule, this Scorecard contains the planned vs. delivered Velocity for the last three iterations and a burndown of the remaining to do for the currently selected iteration in the TeamRoom.

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The Iteration Scorecard provides insight into all work being delivered in a single iteration for all projects that share the schedule used to create that iteration.  This Scorecard also contains a burndown of the remaining to do for the iteration and the planned vs delivered Velocity for the last three iterations.

Finally, the Team Scorecard provides visibility into all active work for a specific VersionOne Team, providing insight into everything the team is being asked to deliver.  Having dedicated teams is key to having a successful organization.  If you do not have dedicated teams, the information on the Team Scorecard can be valuable in understanding why a team is struggling to meet commitments in one area.

Additional Executive Visibility Options Worth Investigating

In addition to Scorecards, both the Enterprise and Ultimate Edition of the core VersionOne product provide support for linear forecasting.  Ideally suited for an in-progress release or program increment, this report indicates future possible delivery dates based on historical trends.  With the Ultimate Edition of VersionOne, the Analtyics product supports both linear and Monte Carlo forecasting for Projects, Programs, and Portfolio Items.  While no forecasting method can accurately predict the future, forecasting does provide insight into future possibilities and enables conversation about how to respond.  For example, we are ahead of schedule, what else might we consider delivering, or (more likely) we are behind schedule, what can be altered or remove to make the delivery as successful as possible.

If you are using the VersionOne Ultimate Edition, you have access to Timelines for Portfolio Items and Projects in the core product.  In addition to a temporal view of Portfolio Items or Projects, these timelines also provide visibility into the amount of work being delivered by SWAG and Estimate.  This is valuable insight, to ensure that you are not over, or under, committing compared to historical deliveries.

Finally, if the overall flow of work through your organization is staring to slow, or is not what you would expect, a valuable place to start looking is impediments – what is keeping your teams from delivering at their maximum.  The Ultimate Edition includes Analytic Dashboard panels that provide visibility into issue trends by type.  Identifying and removing the larger issue types will not only increase throughput, it will also increase moral.

Conclusion

If you are an executive of an enterprise software development organization, it is critical that you are extremely efficient with your time and attention.  VersionOne provides software development executives with a single place to view the metrics that matter the most, so they can quickly determine which parts of the business are doing fine and which parts need your attention.

Learn more about Scorecards and other executive visibility options in VersionOne.

 

 

 

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