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Pros
"Provides agile management of projects.""Azure DevOps' collaborative features are good, and it integrates well with other tools in the software development process, like quality testing, documentation, and agile development.""This is an all-in-one, one-stop shop, nothing comes close.""The solution is easy to implement and easy to use.""You get a complete solution with Azure DevOps. You can do everything in one place, starting from requirement gathering until you release the product. It is a reliable, scalable, and handy product.""Overall, so far we have no major issues to report.""The pricing seems to be reasonable.""Fields can be customized and the reporting is good."

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"Adoption across stakeholders and visibility have been the biggest success for us with LeanKit.""The "Blocking" feature has helped our scrum masters track impediments and share them at the program level to stakeholders with accountability and detail so that they understand and the action items which can be noted easily.""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.""LeanKit is amazing when it comes to getting answers about a given card's status. That's one of the biggest takeaways that we've had. The status is right there on the board. Everybody can see it. You just click on it and it gives you everything that you need to know, especially the comments feature because it gives us a timeline of updates. We use that a lot where we write a comment on the card and then we can see and track progress as we move it across the board.""People found the ability to set up different lanes and the ability to see where they're within the progress most valuable. They can use different colored cards or sticky notes, and then they can separate out which cards belong to a department or the initiative they're working on. They can filter who's working on it, and I've got good feedback about that.""Every feature is valuable. LeanKit is a Kanban-based tool where you have a visual interface that you can use to create various cards and to create boards to house those cards. You can create a board for managing project work. You can create a board to do PI planning. It is pretty close to the agile way of doing business.""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.""The customizations on the board, including the various lanes, colors of cards, and visual icons on the cards, are all very helpful to us."

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Cons
"We did have some brief performance issues, however, that was due to putting everything on one epic instead of breaking a project up.""It is not that intuitive. Sometimes, it is hard to find some of the functions. I would like to have an old-fashioned menu structure to be able to easily find things. Its environment setup is not very good. They should improve the way it is set up for different screens and make it easier to find functionalities and maintain team members.""I want DevOps to have more automated reminders about tasks that don't need management. We don't have reminders, so a project manager must track the tasks. It's not automatic.""The solution can improve by adding integration with on-premise tools. The only built-in repository options are GitHub and DevOps.""I think that they have some menus there that are not very well placed.""With Microsoft, I would prefer to have more test plans. It's very difficult to find individual test plan module training.""Its interface could be more user-friendly. It could be simplified for users with no prior knowledge. There should also be better tutorials.""Its price can also be reduced. It would be great if they are a little bit more competitive in terms of pricing because many open-source products are currently available in the market."

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"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.""Within the current features, if they can give some ability to show more icons on the card, it would be helpful. It would help us in showing more data on the cards.""It is a pretty good product. It is really hard to think of things that I'd want to be improved. Sometimes, we use it for project management lessons learned. So, we have three columns, such as Could be Improved, Keep Doing, and Works Really Well. It would be helpful if there was a template set up for something like that because we code different cards based on the category. For example, if something belongs to the Could be Improved category, we may have those cards as yellow, but then I have to change the color of them and put a header. It is not as smooth, but it still works fine. To be honest, I don't have a lot of complaints about it.""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.""There's room for improvement with the Instant Coffee feature. There are other businesses that have been interested in leveraging a virtual whiteboard or sticky note capability and how Instant Coffee was developed has not met the mark.""They have a feature called Instant Coffee. It was in the beta phase. They released it from beta, and now, it is a legit thing. We were in the pilot here. I liked the idea of Instant Coffee, and I like how it is integrated, to some degree, with LeanKit, but I have two big rocks to throw at them on this. The first one is that Instant Coffee does not save your work very well in terms of saving it in formats that you can then go back and edit as Visio would. It leads to the next point, which is, we're not really clear on what they're trying to do with Instant Coffee. I feel that they're trying not to reinvent Visio, Miro, and other software programs out there that do mapping, visual diagrams, etc. Miro is fantastic in that regard. I gather they're not trying to reinvent Miro, but it sure would be nice if it had more aspects of Miro in it, such as being able to draw arrows and write on them on the top.""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.""I love the concept of Instant Coffee, however, it is very cumbersome to try to use."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "With Azure, you have to pay for every user."
  • "As a Microsoft Partner, you get a discount on the pricing. Licensing costs are around $80 a month for DevOps, but for Azure, it is about $200 a month."
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  • "In general, Planview's cost structure is reasonable. You get quite a lot of functionality for the license cost that you get."
  • "I don't know what it would be on its own. It was basically included with what we were already paying or using. So, it was a no-brainer. It wasn't like we had to sell the company on making a purchase or anything like that. There weren't any costs that came in after implementing it."
  • "I don't believe there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "As far as I understand, it is not an expensive application."
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    Jira is a great centralized tool for just about everything, from local team management to keeping track of products and work logs. It is easy to implement and navigate, and it is stable and scalable… more »
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    TFS and Azure DevOps are different in many ways. TFS was designed for admins, and only offers incremental improvements. In addition, TFS seems complicated to use and I don’t think it has a very… more »
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps has been very good for creating pipelines, and all the solutions for creating task management for developers and for the business.
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    The customizations on the board, including the various lanes, colors of cards, and visual icons on the cards, are all very helpful to us.
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    I know very little about the licensing. It may be paid yearly. In the beginning, they talked about how many people we could have on it. I want to say it was1,000 seats or something like that, however… more »
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    I do like the idea of the OKRs, however, it’s been limited. I was just watching one of the product feeders. There are webinars every once in a while talking about what's coming up. I know that they… more »
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    Also Known As
    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    Overview

    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:

    • Git repositories for source control of your code.
    • Build and release management to support continuous integration and delivery of your apps.
    • Agile tools to support planning and tracking your work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods.
    • A variety of tools to test your apps, including manual/exploratory testing, load testing, and continuous testing.
    • Highly customizable dashboards for sharing progress and trends.
    • Built-in wiki for sharing information with your team.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
    REA Group, Thompson Reuters
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Energy/Utilities Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company33%
    Non Profit17%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise47%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business2%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise77%
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 79 reviews while Planview LeanKit is ranked 4th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 11 reviews. Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0, while Planview LeanKit is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Planview LeanKit writes "Scalable, flexible, and easy to use". Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, GitLab, TFS, ServiceNow IT Business Management and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, whereas Planview LeanKit is most compared with Jira Align, Rally Software, AgileCraft, Targetprocess and TFS. See our Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. Planview LeanKit report.

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