Anonymous UserManufacturing Manager, Capital COE at a manufacturing company
Anonymous UserSoftware & Cyber Section Manager at a aerospace/defense firm
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It makes work visible, so everybody knows where everything is. It uses Kanban, and that makes work visible."
"We use the board and card hierarchies in terms of sprints so that we can see if we have cross-functional teams that are working on the same projects together, especially when projects have dependencies. The parent-child relationship within cards is really nice so that we can see what kind of dependencies there are when we're trying to get projects finished."
"My team specifically uses our board for all of our Remedy tickets that come in. We had a card for every ticket that we get, and we're able to add the link to that specific ticket there.If I'm out of office, for example, and someone else needs to work a ticket or someone is being contacted to work on a ticket, I don't have to sign on it. Someone else can easily access that ticket because I put the link in there. It's nice. It has a lot of great functionality in there."
"Using the tool seems to save time versus trying to do things in a regular manner. It is highly collaborative; everybody can see things in one place. It is a highly functional, but pretty simple tool. That is hard to find: A tool that has a lot of functions, but is also simple."
"Jira Align helps us manage communication and tasks for a variety of teams without overlap."
"The most valuable feature is that engineers can access the Jira database and just search for the tasks that are assigned to them. They can then update the status on their own in those records that are assigned to them."
"The most valuable features are the ability to customize the entries and to update them quickly. Since the new version they released, we started utilizing the customization features to create specific codes and symbols for our teams that were not available before. For example, in team A each person had their own symbols and we had our own demarcation. When our project or task was completed, we had a code that we could enter online that let the main project managers know that it was time to remove it."
"Technical support has been excellent. On that side, Microsoft is very good. The customer support of Microsoft has really improved this past year. On the cloud side also we are very satisfied because it offers very good support."
"Azure enables us to create a staging environment through to a production environment in an easier way and then get the code and run that."
"I like the entire tool because it is a one-stop-solution for DevOps."
"The solution is easy to implement and easy to use."
"There are a lot of helpful features available for tracking dependencies."
"Fields can be customized and the reporting is good."
"Azure is an advantage when working with other Microsoft solutions."
"The initial setup is quick and easy."
"I do not know what it can do in the area of scrum. Maybe it has that functionality. I have never tried to set it up. You think of LeanKit from the perspective of Kanban. I don't know if there is a template for scrum, a scaled agile framework, or any of those scaling frameworks."
"Being able to track actual time on cards or sprints, instead of using just the planned start and stop date, would also be useful. I would like to see something like JIRA has with actual sprint starts and stops."
"The ability to report on customizable fields and third-party extensions needs improvement. I'd like to see more of those being able to be used. I don't know how that works for Planview, but just getting a little bit more added there would be nice."
"The integration with the Enterprise One product is probably an area for improvement. It's not really broken. It's just that it is such a handy tool and a great way to visually manage things. There is a very limited hookup/integration between Enterprise One, which is the master Planview tool, and LeanKit. While they are looking at this on their roadmap, it definitely needs to happen. There is a lot of opportunity there."
"The workflows are scalable from portfolio to individual level but can sometimes be complex to navigate."
"There is no linkage between the Jira records and the overarching schedule. We maintain the overarching schedule in Microsoft Project, and there is no linkage back and forth with the Jira tasks. They are independent of each other."
"One of the biggest issues I found in the new version was once we clicked on one of the tasks that were specifically for our group and went to look at the other portfolios in other areas we had to browse all the way back to the beginning. If you click the back button, it would not work, it stayed the same place. Additionally, if you click on page B, but then you wanted to go back to page A it would not go back to page A. You would have to browse back to the portfolio and then find your group again and open it. This was the only issue that I had with it and I am not sure if it is a Jira issue or it was because of the way the site was laid out."
"They do very frequent releases, there's a complete change in UI kind of stuff. Sometimes it feels like they change it too often."
"The solution could work to improve their reporting."
"There are certain areas in Azure DevOps that are better in other products."
"One thing I would note is that it's hard to know what is included or not in the product. Especially when you begin to try and compare it to other solutions. When you go to a site like VersionOne, they tell you Azure DevOps doesn't have this or that, and when you go to Microsoft, it says VersionOne doesn't have this or that. They could do a better job of laying out exactly what is on offer so customers know going in exactly what they'll get."
"Improving the metrics that are readily available on the dashboard would be very helpful."
"Proper Gantt charting should be a feature that is included because as it is now, we have to create it ourselves."
"Azure has not yet advanced to the performance level of the other major competitors and is missing integration with important technologies."
"The functions have too much dependency right now, so it makes it really, really hard to upgrade and make a change in the code."
"In general, Planview's cost structure is reasonable. You get quite a lot of functionality for the license cost that you get."
"It's a good tool, quite rich, it has a lot of features, and quite a lot of analytical capabilities which are built on top of it so that you can see how your projects are going and all that stuff. It's a good tool."
"There is a licensing fee of $6/user per month."
"The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools."
"It is the least expensive product in this class."
"I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market."
"Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects."
"It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use."
"The price of this solution is fair."
Planview LeanKit enables engineering teams across all levels of the organization with a visual work delivery tool to apply Lean management principles to their work, helping them work smarter and deliver faster.
Jira Align connects your business strategy to technical execution.
Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service for collaborating on code development. It provides an integrated set of features that you access through your web browser or IDE client, including the following:
Jira Align is ranked 10th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 3 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 1st in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 54 reviews. Jira Align is rated 7.6, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Jira Align writes "Useful customization, technical support responsive, scalable and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". Jira Align is most compared with ServiceNow IT Business Management, Targetprocess, Plutora, Rally Software and Digital.ai Agility, whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, TFS, GitLab, Ansible and Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. See our Jira Align vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.
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