CA Agile Central Benefits

Director Delivery at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
It's a good platform to keep track of all the user stories across all projects. So rather than having one off Excel spreadsheets with all of the requirements, it is a good place to have all of that. I think where we as an organization can get better - and this may be something that is out there in the functionality now, and we're just not using it - is better mapping across projects and having that cross-project dependency mapping. It's good, you don't have everybody in separate emails and Excel spreadsheets with all their various stuff and requirements, but we're still filing within the projects and not keeping track of everything across. View full review »
Robert Clee
Senior IT Manager at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
We are very new on agile and Mode 2 devolvement. It has really allowed us to experiment with approaches that we would have been a bit afraid to experience before. So, it has allowed us to try new things and to take risks. View full review »
Test Automation Architect at CenturyLink
We were using Quality Center, Application Lifecycle Management, from Micro Focus. That is hosted on an Oracle Database, whereas Agile Central is completely built on web services. If I have to create some metrics, I can do it via simple web services. Web services can be used to pull the metrics and this is much faster. I don't have to write SQL queries to do so. It definitely saves time, perhaps something like 30 percent. Also, if I had to track multiple teams in Quality Center, I needed to go through different containers. With this solution, I can just add all of them and see them together. Also, the data is more granular when it comes to tasks, iterations, sprints, and releases. View full review »
Dave Lash
PMO Manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
* Ease of use * Visibility As a PMO Manager, I need to be able to look and see what the project status at any time without having to go ask somebody or look for a status report. So, I could go there and see exactly what percentage is complete, what the blockers might be, and just see who is assigned to what, so I can look at resourcing. It has made our company more organized and it is helping us be more true to the agile principle. When I came to the company, we did not have any agile practices in place. So, it has helped us, because it gives us a framework to put the agile practices in place. View full review »
Director Corporate Systems and Emerging Business at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The tools are not overly complex for Agile. It appears that CA has recognized that. They're not just building the connector for Rally, but they are also allowing other groups to build connectors from JIRA into CA PPM and from other tools to CA PPM. If you are looking at open source products, why isn't somebody building an open source product so that it could actually do this interface? I build open source interfaces that allow me to get to use different products. In terms of the APIs, you have consulting companies that are building other products that you buy and you pay for maintenance In the open source community, they are attempting to tie the old to the new, or they are just looking at the new. In the open source community, there's a lot of need for tying the old to the new. (The old refers to CA PPM.)That's the old way to do project management, which involves governing and controlling. The new way is Agile. While you still have to do some governance and control, Agile allows you to get away with a lot of things that CA PPM doesn't allow you to get away with. There is a need to connect these two elements. What I'm seeing in the open source community is more of a focus on the new products. There is a lot old stuff out here that has to be connected to the new. You can't just ignore it. The Agile release management is ready to go. When I take this function and try to run it as a discreet element, the other function of the system is rendered as a separate sprint. All the other vendors wrap around this core. They interface with SharePoint and Clarity. They will also interface JIRA to Clarity. It is a methodology. It is basically taking the Agile methodology, doing some things, and not redefining the whole process. It is, rather, adding some additional components to it, so you can understand what you can do with it, and what cannot be done with it. View full review »
Project Manager
There's familiarity. The teams have been using it for a while. Leadership is comfortable with it. That's huge. And from a price point, it's a cost effective solution for our needs. View full review »
Senior Analyst Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It really does help everything just flow through the cycle better; everybody just worrying about their small piece of the pie. And then the project managers can have a bigger overview of it. I like how it moves things. It moves development through the whole lifecycle. View full review »
Senior Engineer Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It really helps us scale in terms of our organizations, and be more predictable. That's one of the biggest advantages that the Agile Central tool has provided us. As I said, gathering metrics and being more predictable, that really helps us in the long run. View full review »
Quality Assurance Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I get to see what we have, what test cases we need to deliver, per release. It gives us the visibility into what we're doing and how we're doing on a day to day basis, to see if we need to refocus or to try to change things before it gets down into the negative. The daily iterative working part of it is what I like. And I get to see the visuals of what's going on. View full review »
IT Manager at DISH Network Corporation
We have gotten away from so much paper, which is more dynamic. It allows us to work in a more dynamic fashion and track more of the development lifecycle. Essentially, we are replacing TeamTrack. TeamTrack was more of a waterfall type of process and documentation for us. In fact, I have tried to go back and look for some of those old projects and it is not possible to find them. Although with this product, searching for historical information or the evolution of the requirement, detecting conflict between projects has helped a lot. View full review »
Katherine Cox
Reservations Supervisor at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has helped a great deal in the fact that we are able to take small chunks of data and get them actually moved forward end to end. Previously, we had to wait several months before something would actually be available for the end user. This has helped us to break that and to move forward quickly. View full review »
Jon Regan
Director, Curriculum Development at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
* We're using it to manage the training content development we're doing, so it's kind of a one-off case. It's not your typical agile project, but so far it's working well, and we're able to incorporate most of the agile methodology into our processes. We get all of the transparency that comes with the tool; so we have a clear view of what's happening with all of our projects, what state they're in, and where all the pieces are. Blockers stand out, so they're getting more attention. It's become our single location for project information. Although there's been a bit of a learning curve for the team (more around the processes we're using than with complexity in the product), I've had several team members tell me that it's a good product that they enjoy working with. View full review »
Ricardo Pianta
Engineer Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The effect of these kind of tools drives the way you organize things. You have to adopt yourself to the kind of workflow that it comes with. It helps you shape the way you flow. View full review »
Kent Seaman
Director Of Tool Chain Automation at American Express
The benefit of the solution is enhanced visibility, that is probably the key one. And it provides data points to enable continuous improvement. The ability, for example, to use the deep export report, and pivot tables and that kind of thing in Excel, has helped us out a lot. It drives the conversation behind some of the pain points the teams have, based on the data that we're able to pull out of the system. As a result of that, we're able to make better decisions, to become better as a whole. View full review »
SCRUM Master at Transunion
It helps us not to have to use any sticky notes. We project up every day, on a daily standup using the iteration planning part of it, and using the post-it portion of it in the Kanban, to communicate daily with the team on how things are going. It helps me to have a dashboard where I can see what things are not being worked on, what things are blocked, for instance. It helps me evaluate teams' historical performance using velocity charts. Capacity planning and release planning for the next PI help me figure out what the potential velocity is for each of the teams. It rolls it up, so that across teams we can figure out how many features we think we can get in for the next PI. And we've actually used it for virtual PI planning as well. We have teams in different locations, and we actually virtually do PI planning, big-room planning, using the tools so it's been really helpful there. View full review »
Shane Mckee
Director Of Enterprise Architecture at Best Western
It probably would be mostly the visualization of what's in flight, and being able to move the cards across the board, and plan our releases based on completed work, which really is the goal of Kanban. View full review »
Bryan Nelson
Agile Coach at T-Mobile
* It really helped to connect the dots between what the overall vision was down to T-Mobile. * Having that view into features and roadmap from product to delivery teams, and where they are going, then execute on. * Being able to have the information, helping to facilitate those conversations, and just overall delivery. It is a really powerful tool for that. View full review »
Thomas Hall
Director of Delivery at Physicians Mutual Insurance
It has improved our ability to focus on less work, but do that work better and at a higher quality, than we were able to before. View full review »
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
My launch. How soon or how fast can I go to production, is what this helps me design. View full review »
Manager Application Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
It's the ability to bring visibility to the work. Previously we had another tool. Actually, it's a tool that I built, but it was limited in its ability to provide that start-to-finish visibility. And the traceability, from inception of the project to final test and deployment. Agile Central provides us that, not directly, but with its integrations to other tools in our tool chain, so that's a great help. View full review »
Senior Director at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
When we went into Scaled Agile Framework, we could not have done it without the use of Agile Central. So for us, it allows us to scale our Scrum teams, and it also enables us when we do our remote big room plannings. View full review »
Nilesh Bhattacharya
Service Manager Build Automation at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It helps me plan the work. Also helps me plan an estimate of how soon or how far out we'll be able to deliver something. Those are big things. View full review »
Jason Jorgenson
Senior Developer Analyst at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It allows our team, and all the external teams that are waiting on us for dependencies, to see where progress is on the stuff that we're about to develop and deploy. View full review »
It has streamlined the entire process of development from getting the requirement for the application, supporting all the testing processes, and reporting all the defects back to development. View full review »
Software Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It helps us to track and manage the way we work. We follow the Agile method and it really helps us to manage things and divide up tasks. It is quite a good tool. View full review »
Frederic Ferrant
Scrum Master for a Big International Bank in Belgium at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
CA Agile is a product that really needs more than 100 teams working on it. It works best in big organizations. It definitely streamlines workflow for many users in tandem. View full review »
Commercial Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The principal is because they listen and that helps a lot and the business, this is very important to us. View full review »
Allen Ward
Team Leader with 201-500 employees
Reporting capabilities were better with CA Agile than VersionOne. Both were otherwise quite good. The primary reasons we switched were that our parent company used CA Agile, and that the solution has the built-in ability to track bugs. We still used Bugzilla though. View full review »
Martin Quiroga
IT Consultancy Manager with 11-50 employees
* Plans and prioritizes to quickly deliver value. * CA Agile Central provides visibility into how teams are meeting business objectives. View full review »

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