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Real User
Director Delivery at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The main ways that I used it when I was in it day to day was keeping up with the burn rate within the teams. Also, to track at the feature level too, as far as how we were doing with actually being able to deliver that feature. So a lot of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't know that I can answer this, because I'm not using it day to day. I'm using CA PPM now, and I know we're looking to integrate Agile Central into CA PPM, which I believe is an option. When I used it before I would say the stronger CA… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I can't remember what we were using previously. It wasn't JIRA. There were some teams using another user story repository before they started using Rally, now Agile Central. We decided to move to the Agile development framework. Based on… more»

What other advice do I have?

There hasn't been anything surprising within Agile Central. As CA has taken in Clarity, which is now CA PPM, what I'm learning here at the CA World conference is the full breadth of everything we can do better under the CA umbrella. I don't… more»
Robert Clee
Real User
Senior IT Manager at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Nov 30 2017

What is most valuable?

It documents stories in a way where we do not have to be heavy on front-end requirements, front-end documentation, and front-end workflows. We are able to create those stories in a more of a just-in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

When you copy a story, I would like the attachment to copy with it. This is a big one for us. We do requirements in one sprint, then do development in the next, which still is a little bit of… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a solution in place. We were looking at Mode 2 and agile teams and we knew we needed something. Putting post-its on the board was not going to work anymore for a company of our size… more»

What other advice do I have?

They still feel like a small tech company. The support we have gotten and the way they have managed or accepted some of our enhancement requests. They still treat it like a small company, like Rally… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were. We were looking at a few. Not sure if I can say which. They were not providing a solution that was mature and developed. They were providing solutions that they wanted us to be like a test… more»
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PratapMysore
Consultant
Test Automation Architect at CenturyLink
Jan 21 2019

What is most valuable?

Some of the services are open so that we can plug in some other tools as well. If I need to do some metrics I can use those services and a simple "get" request from them. Reporting is much easier and faster than Micro Focus ALM, with CA AC… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

One problem I see is that if there is a dependent user story - for example, if my team is working on one thing and there is a dependent user story from another team - we can have a dependency created but we don't know if there is a change… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Quality Center, Application Lifecycle Management. The reason for the switch is a decision taken by our leadership team and I don't have any insights into it. Perhaps it was licensing cost. If you compare Quality Center vs… more»

What other advice do I have?

This solution will be of benefit to somebody who has knowledge of and understands web services, as it is built on web services - Representational State Transfer (REST). In our organization, we have about 400-plus users of Agile Central. It… more»
Dave Lash
Real User
PMO Manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Sprint planning and overall work management of the stories and the project lifecycle. Sprint planning is valuable because it keeps our teams all in the same place in terms of where information is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* 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… more»

What needs improvement?

The integrations with the PPM tool and making sure those two work well together. Improved engagement with TFS, because we still used TFS for code management. There is an API between the two. I think… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a solution when I started. I picked it because I was familiar with it from a previous company. I actually used it for a couple years before that, as well. I just knew we needed… more»

What other advice do I have?

It has performed well so far. It has improved over the past couple of years. For any product, do a full software evaluation and make sure you actually test them side-by-side with like-for-like test… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The vendors on the shortlist would be TFS's Project Management through Microsoft, ServiceNow's Project Management, and JIRA. Earlier on, we went a little faster and we did not do a full software… more»
Vendor
Director Corporate Systems and Emerging Business at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 02 2017

What is most valuable?

PPM: Has administrative overhead associated with the waterfall approach and a lot of DTL tracking. JIRA: The scrum masters have a lot of flexibility in the sprints in terms of how they actually track work. In financial organizations, or in organizations that are regulated, you need to be able to have that governance component that PPM provides. You also need to provide the flexibility, which is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

It would really be interesting to see an open source community that actually focused on how we build the connectors from the old to the new, and then make that transition possible. Once you build those connectors, you transition the old into open source, so the old goes away. I was just looking at a small company and their release management. It felt like it was very close to this, but it's the… more»
Real User
Project Manager
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Visibility of the data. If teams are tracking correctly and entering their information correctly, it's really easy to see where you're at, within your release, and whether you're on track or not. For our business model, we can't get everything out of the box, but we're a unique business so I… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

I would like for workspace admins to be able to hide projects in the Project Picker and not lose any historical data; make them invisible to certain users, visible to certain users, depending on permission sets. That would be lovely. I'd like the ability to customize reports without having to incur… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor the most important criteria are: * It's got to work. * It's got to be stable. * Cost, to be honest, is a huge factor. It's top three. It needs to be reasonable and affordable. I need to be able to make a business case and sell it to leadership, give them a reason why it's… more»
Real User
Senior Analyst Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The most useful part is how it breaks down tasks into parents and children, manageable tasks. It has a whole project as an initiative, and then it breaks it down further and further. And then you get to actual user stories and tasks that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the interface could be a little bit more visual and less wordy. Right now, it seems like it's just a lot of text on the page. In other ticketing systems where it's more visual, you can see more of a flow. But in this one it's more… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Waterfall, which worked for decades, but it's definitely showing its age. I think they just wanted to switch to the Agile methodology and Rally was probably the best software to do that with. It just came to us and all of a… more»

What other advice do I have?

The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is support. I know as a team lead for a developer team, I've personally worked with other third-party softwares that we integrate with. They've assigned people specifically to our… more»
Real User
Senior Engineer Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The metrics - collecting metrics. It's because we've used several other tools in the past, and they don't give you a full indication of how well your teams are performing, at a portfolio level, at a product level, and at the team level. CA… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

We have a couple of pain points, but I can't remember off the top of my head what those are. Every once in a while we'll submit feedback through their online tool. In terms of improvement, perhaps some more metrics. If they could add some… more»

What other advice do I have?

What's most important to us when selecting a vendor are * ease of use * how intuitive it is * customer support * metrics, for us, that is really important. I give it a solid eight out of 10 because of the way that things are laid out. It's… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We explored a lot of tools when were trying to promote SAFe or Agile across the entire organization, so we moved through the Scaled Agile Framework. And then there were only three or four tools that we explored, and Rally, or CA Agile… more»
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