Ultimate Software Selects VersionOne to Maximize Value From Agile Development

From: VersionOne
Published: Tue Nov 08 2005

VersionOne LLC, the leading provider of agile software development management solutions, today announced that Ultimate Software selected VersionOne for its enterprise deployment of agile development to help speed time to market, quickly identify priorities and risks, and improve overall productivity.

Ultimate Software, a leading provider of web-based payroll and workforce management solutions, is deploying agile development throughout its large, distributed development team. ¡°We implemented an agile process in order to better manage the work of multiple teams on large, multi-year projects,¡± said Adam Rogers, senior vice president of development at Ultimate Software.

To maximize the company¡¯s investment in agile development, Ultimate needed a solution to support the work of multiple teams that simplified customer input, provided clear visibility into product development, and managed and reported on thousands of development features and tasks. After evaluating a number of alternatives, Ultimate selected VersionOne.

¡°Selecting VersionOne was a relatively easy decision,¡± said Linda Larrivee, director of product requirements. ¡°VersionOne supports all aspects of our Scrum process, and provides all of our teams and team members a high level of visibility into status and confidence in project progress. We use VersionOne on-line, in real-time, every day.¡±

When Ultimate deployed VersionOne, the development teams needed little if any training to be immediately productive. ¡°With VersionOne, feature-sets for managing our projects are instantly and easily accessible,¡± said Rogers. ¡°In less than one year, VersionOne has become an important tool in our development process þu from release planning to sprint planning to managing our daily scrum meetings. VersionOne works well for our programmers and testers who are managing their own tasks, the product owners managing backlog, and the project manager responsible for the entire project. We¡¯re happy with the results we're achieving with Scrum, and VersionOne has been a significant part of making that possible.¡±

Like many software development teams today, Ultimate Software is delivering quality software faster and reducing the overall risk in software development by deploying agile processes. Similar to how ¡°just-in-time manufacturing¡± revolutionized the automotive and consumer electronics industries, agile development effectively links development priorities to a company¡¯s evolving market needs. Agile processes enable Ultimate¡¯s teams to actively respond to changing market requirements and provide all constituents þu developers, outsourcing partners, testers, product managers, customers, and executives ¨C greater visibility and confidence in project plans, priorities and progress.

About VersionOne
VersionOne provides web-based lifecycle planning and management applications for rapidly changing development projects. Enabling today's leading agile methodologies, VersionOne streamlines the process of adopting and scaling agile and iterative software development projects throughout an organization. Since 2002, VersionOne has helped hundreds of teams in more than 20 countries discover the simplicity of planning and managing agile and iterative development projects. For more information, visit http://www.versionone.com or call 770.752.4111.

About Ultimate Software
Ultimate Software, a leading provider of Web-based payroll and workforce management solutions, markets award-winning UltiPro as licensed software, as a hosted application through Intersourcing, and as a co-branded offering to Business Service Providers (BSPs) under the ¡°Powered by UltiPro¡± brand. Employing approximately 500 professionals who are focused on developing the highest quality products and services, Ultimate Software was named the 2005 Payroll Provider of the Year by the Human Resources Outsourcing Association and listed among the 2005 Top 25 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. Ultimate Software customers represent diverse industries and include such organizations as The Container Store, Elizabeth Arden, The Florida Marlins Baseball Team, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, Nintendo of America, Ruth¡¯s Chris Steak House, SkyWest Airlines, and Trammell Crow Residential. More information on Ultimate Software¡¯s products and services can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.


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