CA Agile Central Valuable Features

Directordd4f
Director Delivery at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
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 the in app features, where you can set up your dashboard; that's where I used it a lot. View full review »
Robert Clee
Senior IT Manager at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
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 time approach. Since we are doing combine and not scrum, we want to get those stories on as we think of them and immediately work on them instead of waiting for a time box. So, it was the ability to adapt quickly. View full review »
PratapMysore
Test Automation Architect at CenturyLink
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 built on web services. View full review »
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Dave Lash
PMO Manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
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 stored. We always know what the status of a project is and anybody can see it. View full review »
it_user355629
Director Corporate Systems and Emerging Business at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 what JIRA or Rally provides. JIRA has been around for a long time. It is open source, so a lot of people have moved to JIRA. It is a suite of products and not just one piece. It is not just about Agile development. It can also do incident management, work configuration, and a lot of other different things. We have adopted JIRA, as well as Rational. Connecting both PPMs is important, because you still need the governance. However, we haven't found anything as compelling as Rally. If we didn't have JIRA, and we didn't have other tools, Rally would probably be a strong consideration. However, we already have teams that are familiar with the other tools. You have intake and change management, which is part of PPM, but you can also tie into it. You have release management and testing. View full review »
ProjectM9561
Project Manager
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 understand that, but we know how to massage the reports to get what we need out of it. And so far it's done the best job for us. View full review »
SeniorAn49ab
Senior Analyst Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 you can sit and develop. You don't have to worry about the whole big picture. It's nice how it breaks everything down into chunks. View full review »
SeniorEn4b31
Senior Engineer Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 Central actually makes it very easy for us to track metrics for our trains, for our teams, to find out what the velocities are, what we should plan for, and what we should anticipate. View full review »
QAM2190
Quality Assurance Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Defect feature. In one view you can see all your defects and you can push them into the different releases. I also like the Release view, where you can select different user stories and just dump them into the releases you want them to be in. I also like the reporting. I can see my Burndown, my Burnup, and other reports that we use to see if we're delivering on time. View full review »
RayWatkins
IT Manager at DISH Network Corporation
Better requirements. As the story is developed, there is not so much time devoted to clarification of requirement. It helps us get a better product to production. It is a more detailed process for a lifecycle. We go from requirements to implementation. I use it with my teams for time management as well, time reporting and management. View full review »
Katherine Cox
Reservations Supervisor at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like it because I have several projects, and it keeps me on track for each one. So, I can track each iteration of each project, and see where I'm at and where other people are at, visually. I guess maybe the iteration planning and tracking status is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Jon Regan
Director, Curriculum Development at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's designed around Agile, so it has all of the pieces that match up with the process. For us, at the portfolio management level, we can see everything at one glance, all of the projects, where they're at; and, at the iteration level, we’re able to populate the iteration, and view progress reports on it. We've recently moved all of our defect tracking onto it also - it's nice to be able to pull defects right into sprint plans. View full review »
Ricardo Pianta
Engineer Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Right now, it is the idea of having everything in place for both information and my project in a single network. Everybody who has different kind of users take advantage of the go through from the development guys to the project managers to management staff. Everybody has such great perspective of what is going on. It is very helpful. View full review »
Kent Seaman
Director Of Tool Chain Automation at American Express
The customization and the dashboarding that is available. We utilize some of the customization we put into play to help the business see inputs versus outputs, because we obviously use Clarity as well as CA Agile Central. Just being able to correlate the amount of hours someone is working versus what work they're getting out of Rally has been helpful. View full review »
Steven_Johnson
SCRUM Master at Transunion
I like all the features of it, especially the Team Planning board, and the Release Tracking. It helps us track the features and stories that line up with those features. I like it for the most part, and how it works. View full review »
Shane Mckee
Director Of Enterprise Architecture at Best Western
The most valuable feature is actually creating a field within there for architectural review. So when teams are struggling or have questions on the architecture or strategy that they take, they can actually flag that particular story, release, or project. Those can then be reviewed by the architecture team and the teams actually get additional information on how to course-correct, build on the architecture that we're trying to build throughout the organization, and get over road blocks much quicker. View full review »
Bryan Nelson
Agile Coach at T-Mobile
It really helps with getting the alignment between strategy and execution for the product teams, all the way down to the delivery teams. View full review »
Thomas Hall
Director of Delivery at Physicians Mutual Insurance
The main value that we get out of Agile Central is the transparency it allows us to provide, both from the team level all the way through the executive level within the company and the work that we are doing. View full review »
SeniorCo9f76
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
From a solution perspective ,we use the Burndown to see whether the velocity for the entire sprint is okay or not. Am I going, did I pass? Do I need to prioritize? How many impediments do I have? What does my backlog look like? Have I taken up enough in that given sprint? Will I be able to deliver all that? It helps me track that down. View full review »
ManagerA7cc1
Manager Application Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The visibility it brings to the plan, the ability to capture tasks, and trace them all the way through the life cycle. Providing that visibility helps both me and the team, or teams, to be able to understand where we are in the development process. View full review »
it_user272523
Senior Director at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Agile Central allows us to log one hundred percent of the work we do and it allows for no hidden work, so teams can't go under the radar with what they're working on. View full review »
Nilesh Bhattacharya
Service Manager Build Automation at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Visibility across the team * Ability to see the team's capacity - how much free time, how many deliverables View full review »
Jason Jorgenson
Senior Developer Analyst at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It integrates well with the things that we have. We're able to tie our stories in with our code repository, so that way our check-ins are tied back to our user stories. View full review »
AlexChernyak
CEO at ZAPTEST
Its integration of support of the quality assurance process. It has allowed the quality assurance team to keep all information in sync with the application requirements and user stories for our general development. View full review »
Software8992
Software Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
My company uses it for managers, project management, and all the release management team. View full review »
Frederic Ferrant
Scrum Master for a Big International Bank in Belgium at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The program management is one of the most valuable features in the bank I work for. I was able to create epics for our budgeting concerns and it helped me link everything together. View full review »
it_user356046
Commercial Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
It is a very complete solution. It provides a full solution for us, which is extremely essential. View full review »
Allen Ward
Team Leader with 201-500 employees
Easy drill down and drill up, creating a very user-friendly menu. The reporting on stories with features and without parent features was quite helpful to keep the enterprise clean. View full review »
Martin Quiroga
IT Consultancy Manager with 11-50 employees
CA Agile Central helps the entire organization run like one powerful team. With the Project and Portfolio Hierarchy, we can have deep visibility into the work our teams are doing and how it ties to our business strategy and customer value. View full review »
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