VersionOne or Rally?

Version ONE




After using many Agile tools I think the battle for being the number one is between VersionOne and Rallydev.

I wrote a couple of articles in favor of Rallydev because I am using it and I manage very well but to be fair I think everyone have to use a trial version of VersionOne after deciding to use Rallydev.







Nowadays, I would like to post some differences that folks of VersionOne said. They mentioned five topics in VersionOne versus Rallydev which I will mention in the next paragraph:

  1. Agile Your Way

Give your teams the flexibility to work the way they want; to do agile their way. Let them choose the methodology that works best for them with customizable methodology templates (Scrum, XP, Kanban, AgileUP, etc.), custom workflows, dedicated project workspaces and configurable terminology. In contrast, Rally provides a prescriptive, ‘one-sized fits all’ solution that makes your team do agile the Rally way.

  1. Easy to Adopt and Use

Designed with the sole purpose of making agile easier, our user interface is proven to dramatically accelerate tool training and user adoption. In addition, TeamRooms are dedicated, streamlined team-based environments that help agile developers focus on getting their job done. PlanningRooms are dedicated environments for program managers and product owners to plan, track progress, measure progress and adjust plans over time. In contrast, Rally doesn’t offer a process-centric UI. Nor do they provide TeamRooms or PlanningRooms.


  1. Custom Reporting and Visualization

Basic reporting provides most of the data you require with 50+ agile metrics and reports. Custom reporting helps you deliver advanced data and SAFe™ metrics specific to your business. VersionOne provides the most feature-rich web-based agile report writing and dashboarding option available. Scalable reporting and agile visualizations provide teams with comprehensive visibility across their projects. In contrast, Rally provides limited reporting options and poor agile visualization capabilities.

  1. Flexible Deployment Options

Offering both on-premise and on-demand models, VersionOne provides the options your IT organization needs to support your unique requirements. And, you’re not locked in – if you later decide to change your hosting option – converting is a snap. VersionOne on-premise options are installable and don’t require a vendor appliance, unlike the on-premise option from Rally – something many security executives won’t permit within your firewall.

  1. Cross-Project Teams and Workspaces

VersionOne provides enterprise-level rollup reporting across multiple project workspaces and cross-project teams. Custom workspaces support unique process configurations without sacrificing visibility, reporting and analytics across the portfolio. By contrast, Rally provides no true support for cross-project teams and an awkward approach to rolling up project data into enterprise views.

If you want to read the whole paper go to Then you have a lot of knowledge and evidence to decide which is one.

Last but not least, you won’t be best Agile company to use one or other software.

Remember one of the Agile values:

Individuals and interactions over process and tools

Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.


I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.


  1. I recently did a bake off of Rally, TFS, V1, RTC, and Thoughtworks’ Mingle. I came up with different results than you did. I had Rally edging out V1 due to reporting and configuration aspects. Rally’s icing on the cake was thier demand management and portfolio management features.

    V1 has better tools at the team level. Specifically TeamRooms and PlanningRooms outshined Rally’s approach.

    V1 fell on it’s face when trying to relative T-shirt sizing and roll-ups using relative T-shirt sizings. I came up with different results than you did for Cross-Project Teams and Workspaces. I’m wondering why. Rally had the ability to roll-up median, 1-sigma, 2-sigma and 3-sigma cycle times and variances for planning using Lead time and Cycle times. V1 didn’t have that ability.

    What was your evaluation methodology?

    Devin Hedge recently posted…Scaling Agile Doesn’t Necessarily Lead to Business AgilityMy Profile

    1. Hi Devin

      Thanks your for great and very detail evaluation. In my case, I only have experience working with Rallydev and not versionone because of that I have written many articles about how good is Rallydev. In the mean time. V1 contacted me and showed me part of its software because of that I only wanted to show their differences.

      Anyway, the most important are Individuals and Interactions over process and tools which is one of the Agile values so software is not important except if you have to work with remote teams.

      My current company uses Rallydev so I didn’t have the chance to choose one of them.

      Best Regards,


      PS.Let me know if you are interested to discuss about Agile on Skype (metlucero is my id)

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