VersionOne Expands Environment to All Stakeholders
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DZone interviewed Mark Crowe, the Director of Project Management at VersionOne, about the new features in the latest release. One of the biggest new features was the addition of regression testing for doing testing on an ongoing basis. The V1 Ultimate Edition adds a nice suite of acceptance and regression test plans with tight integration and orchestration between the tests. Regression tests can be generated directly from a completed acceptance test and organized through tags. The tests will run for different environments such as platforms, operating systems and browsers. Finally, an interactive Testboard and multiple roll-up reports give QA people a deep look into their test results.
Regression Testing Interface
Bringing Stakeholders Together
Most agile tools have traditionally been focused on the development team and their productivity. Crowe said that VersionOne tries to pull customers, executives, and other stakeholders within the organization into a central domain for collaboration. Regression testing, for example, helps the testing and development teams work together more closely. Upstream management tools are another example of collaboration utilities which help bring the management side closer to the development team. Lastly, the Ultimate Edition includes an idea submission and voting platform for better customer feedback and participation.
Customer Driven Features - Custom Reporting
Crowe said that many of the new features are built because of customer feedback. The new custom analytics package in the Ultimate Edition is a good example. At VersionOne, they were getting a lot of customer requests for different report templates, so VersionOne decided to add a custom report building package to this release, allowing customers to make virtually any report they want (50+ pre-packaged agile metrics and a wizard-based report builder). The Ultimate Edition also includes sample reports and role-based dashboards that are easily modified.
Another customer driven feature was VersionOne's new Hudson integration. "It's really popular and our customers really wanted it," said Crowe. Hudson is an open source tool for continuous integration, and its fan base is growing daily. Along with the Hudson integration, the VersionOne platform has also added a configuration utility to make integrations easier in general.
As always, VersionOne keeps its eyes and ears toward the agile ecosystem. Crowe says they're seeing a lot of focus and demand for Scrum as well as Kanban/Lean and lean metrics. VersionOne has customizable methodology templates for most agile or lean workflows (Kanban, AgileUP, Scrum, XP, DSDM, etc.)
A thirty day trial of VersionOne is available with "no risk, no obligation."