VersionOne, Danube Deliver Agile Support

VersionOne and Danube roll out tools for agile software development. VersionOne is integrating its V1: Agile technology with Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008 and is supporting Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. Danube unveiled ScrumCore, a new services unit devoted to agile development.

VersionOne and Danube Technologies are rolling out products to support agile development environments.

At the Agile 2008 show in Toronto Aug. 5, VersionOne announced the availability of an open-source integration between its V1: Agile project management tools and Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008. The company also announced its support for Visual Studio 2008.

VersionOne's integration with Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008 delivers a Microsoft .Net Framework-based solution for agile development teams. By combining VersionOne's agile planning and management tools with Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System platform, teams benefit from a scalable, agile ALM (application lifecycle management) solution.

"The combination of VersionOne with Visual Studio Team System is great news for our developers," said Terry Clancy, a product manager in the Microsoft Developer Division. "Through support for the Visual Studio development environment, VersionOne is helping .Net Framework-based development teams seamlessly incorporate an agile development workflow and project management tool into their existing infrastructure."

VersionOne provides an open-source plug-in for the Visual Studio IDE (integrated development environment), which enables developers working in Visual Studio to view and update their work within the VersionOne tool without having to leave the IDE, the company said. With this integration, all team members, using VersionOne, have visibility into summary information about source code check-ins and build runs along with a link to detailed information within Microsoft's Team Foundation Server.

Meanwhile, Danube Technologies, also at the Agile 2008 conference, announced ScrumCore, its new services division that addresses the entire continuum of Scrum implementations, from early stages to advanced enterprise programs.

In addition to growing its training staff of certified Scrum trainers, the ScrumCore team now offers free Webinar sessions for beginners, and certified Scrum product owner classes. Danube's product and services offerings are designed to help organizations become more successful using Scrum.

"By adding free Webinars for beginners and advanced enterprise-focused classes for experienced Scrum professionals, ScrumCore has broadened its focus to speak to the needs of novice and advanced practitioners," said Katie Playfair, Danube's director of client services. "ScrumCore continues to provide strong support for our clients and is in the process of developing new ways to bring Scrum values, principles and practices to the software community as a whole."