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KALINA KIETERLING

Planned Velocity

Posted by KALINA KIETERLING May 8, 2018

Velocity plays a key role in Agile Central and has been used as a key metric for Scrum teams. So, what is velocity? In simple terms, velocity calculates the total number of Points (Plan Est) at the end of the Iteration or Release. By planning and measuring your velocity, your team is able to plan more effectively and efficiently. Your velocity may differ from Iteration to Iteration, however, over time, a well-functioning Scrum Team's velocity should steadily trend upwards and stabilize. It is a great metric to forecast how many work items a Team can do in a given Iteration or Release and is a basis for improving the accuracy and reliability for planning your agile projects. It is a continuous process!

 

Luckily for us - Agile Central offers great velocity tools to measure the pace at which teams get their work done. What can YOU do to start tracking velocity? -> Prior to a Release or Iteration, point estimates can be entered into the Planned Velocity field so the team then can commit to the completion of a set of highest ranked product backlog items. The team first commits and then the Scrum Master or a team Administrator enters the number value in the Planned Velocity field. 

 

Where is the Planned Velocity field?

Timeboxes (Plan-> Timeboxes), allows you to manage Planned Velocity for your Iterations AND Releases. Use the drop down field on the top of the page to choose Releases or Iterations. Once the list populates, you can simply use the inline edit and enter the Planned Velocity number next to the Release/Iteration you need or you can click on the gear settings icon and select Edit.

 

On the Iterations view, you can also access a Chart view in the toggle on the right side of the page, to view an iteration velocity chart averages over last 10 iterations. The chart will show you the number of accepted points per iteration. This chart can also be accessed in the Reports page -> Velocity Chart.

 

 

Another great tool in Agile Central that shows you Planned Velocity is located on the Iteration Planning Board (Track -> Iteration Planning Board). This is a great App that provides you with a view of your current scheduled work items and helps you carry out Iteration Planning. You will notice a "Velocity Meter"at the top of the column, which updates automatically as you assign or update story points to your work item. The meter will turn colors based on your Planned Velocity points and your scheduled Plan Estimate points. If you click on the Velocity Meter, you are also able to easily enter in a PLANNED VELOCITY here (remember my note from above: typically it is the Scrum Master or the team Administrator who enters this!) This field will automatically change the total on the meter AS WELL as the Planned Velocity in Timeboxes.

Tip: Feel free to add this app to your dashboard or custom page!

 

Note: There is also a Release Planning Board, same concept, but PI based. (Portfolio -> Release Planning)

 

Color code is based on the percentage of available Planned Velocity:

 

Blue: 0-80%

Green: 80%-100%

Red: 100%+

 

And...Wait.. There's more ways to track (this is why we LOVE Agile Central)!

 

Team Planning (Plan -> Team Planning). In this view, you are able to see the Features scheduled into a Release and a summary of its Iterations. You can click on any work item line to expand and view more details.

The Iterations view provides an overview of your Planned Velocity points and its curr#ent percentage. If you have reached a number higher than your planned velocity, you will see an "issue" alert, and your iteration will be highlighted in red. You can click on the issue alert to view a message and also expand a view of current User Stories included, the Plan Est points, scheduled stated, tasks, and dependencies. By clicking on the gear box, you are able to remove a User Story from Plan, move to a different iteration, or edit. 

Helping you navigate the path to Digital Transformation & Business Agility

AGILE MANAGEMENT VIRTUAL SUMMITON THURSDAY, MAY 17

 

 

An organization’s ability to thrive, grow and stay ahead of the competition in today’s fast-moving digital economy is measured by how quickly it can utilize the people, processes, data, and technology it has to make a mental and cultural shift from doing agile to becoming agile. Staying competitive doesn’t just require agile processes at the execution level, it requires business agility that scales across the whole organization. From increased collaboration, productivity, speed, efficiency and higher work-product quality—learn how scaling agile across your teams can maximize opportunities, customer value, and put you ahead of the digital transformation curve.

 

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Fostering Innovation with Lean Startup and SAFe

May 17, 2018 12:30pm MDT

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Modern Business Management: Creating a Built-to-Change Organization

May 17, 2018 9:30am MDT

Doug Dockery, Senior Director, Agile Management and Laureen Knudsen, Advisor, Executive Management, CA Technologies

 

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Portfolio Management and Strategic Agility

May 17, 2018 7:30am MDT

Steve Denning, Author and Independent Management Consulting Professional

 

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Opening Keynotes

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Ayman Sayed (Chief Product Officer) kicked off Day 2 of CA World with his keynote on how the Modern Software Factory comes to life with the robust integration of intelligence and automation. Industry leaders from Aetna and 21st Century Fox joined the stage to share how agile software, business agility, automation, and end-to-end security are impacting their companies' digital transformations. Watch Ayman's Keynote

"Companies that leverage AI, machine learning and predictive analytics throughout their Modern Software Factory will come out on top.”

"The most important enabler of AI is ease of use. If it's not easy, it's not smart"

"We've expanded our portfolio, changing how companies can respond to challenges."

"CA is introducing more than 20 new products this year at CA World."

"Technology evokes in waves and accelerates business."

 

(Photo Credit: Deven Shah)

Otto Berkes (Chief Technology Officer) then took the stage and explained why the Modern Software Factory is a critical differentiator and way to grow in the everchanging digital world. Otto made some eye-opening predictions on how technology leaders and organizations will need to act and react, in order to prepare for the impending revolutions in AI and machine learning. Watch Otto's Keynote

Otto Berkes' prediction of technology in the enterprise: "By 2030, what we have come to know as IT today, will be virtually unrecognizable."

(On Digital Disruption) "When something you didn't believe would actually happen, actually unfolds before your eyes"

"Technology itself is ephemeral, and software is disposable... The Modern Software Factory gives you the capability to meet your customers' ever changing needs."

"The Modern Software Factory is the technology roadmap of the future"

In the intelligent digital enterprise, it is essential “to guard artificial intelligence against its own malicious use.”

 

Exhibition Center Highlights

Dan Rice (Director, Presales) discusses best practices, and the benefits of implementing agile and continuous delivery. View Presentation (PDF)

“We use business agility to give the right information to the right people, at the right time, to make the right decisions.”

“When you do agile and continuous delivery well, you can see a 75% improvement in employee retention.”

 

Heather Wilson (Sr. Director, Portfolio Management, Change Healthcare) shared Change Healthcare's 90-week journey of practicing Scaled Agile Framework, and using CA Agile Central throughout their process. Heather also outlined the 9 principles of SAFe in great detail, and explained how each principle can be applied to the work of a firefighter. 

"We manage 100% of our portfolio in the CA Agile Central tool.”

“Using SAFe as a differentiator has created radical change for our clients."

 

Heather Wilson's tech talk, "SAFe as a Differentiator, Powered by CA Agile Central" documented in visual poster form, created by infographic artist, Axelle Vanaquaillie from Visual Harvesting.

 

Martin Dremo (Development Manager, KMD) and Suzanna Ahmed (Principal Agile Consultant) outlined the challenges KMD had with working in 2015, and why they chose CA Agile Central and CA Project & Portfolio Management to meet their business needs in a SaaS environment.

 

Bruno Savona (Sponsorship Relationship Manager, Trek Segafredo) and Marc Leijten (Advisor, Presales) at their AgilityZone tech talk discussing how Trek Segafredo uses CA PPM and CA Flowdock to support and optimize team performance.

"Trek Segafredo uses CA Flowdock to achieve instant and secure communication and collaboration."

 

(Photo Credit: Dan Rice)

Laureen Knudsen (Principal, Presales) and Doug Dockery (Sr. Director, Presales) moderated the "Modern Business Management in Action" panel discussion, featuring panelists Thomas Hall (Physician's Mutual) and Robbie Rivera (Cisco).

"Business Agility is getting the right data to the right people at the right time to make the right decisions."

Doug and Laureen personally signed and distributed a limited number of introductory chapters from their new book, "Modern Business Management: Creating a Built-to-Change Organization". The full version of their book will be published in January.

 

Ruth Zive (CMO, Blueprint Software Systems) and Marla Schimke (Director, Product Marketing) pictured at the Inspiration Wall in the AgilityZone. Thank you to Blueprint Systems for being a Gold Sponsor at CA World!

 

 

Other Great Tech Talks & Sessions

The Agile Management area (including the AgilityZone) was full of fantastic tech talks and theater sessions led by customers, partners and our very own CA Technologies' employees. Below are additional topics that were featured at CA World. Once available, links to select presentations and session recordings will be shared below.

 

  • Extreme Agile Implementation and Creating a Value Delivery Office by Anup Deshpande (Financial Services Company)
  • CA Agile Central Vision and Roadmap by Shannon Mason (CA Technologies)
  • How a Leading Medical Company Uses the Scaled Agile Framework to Drive Digital Business Transformation by Ruth Zive (Blueprint Systems) and Jeff Hallett
  • Agile Capitalization Strategies by Tom Perry (CA Technologies)
  • But my Status is Green! Manage with Data, not by How you Feel by Laureen Knudsen and Doug Dockery (CA Technologies)
  • Accelerate your plans to become a Modern Software Factory by aligning both your Agile and DevOps Initiatives by Tom Krall and Rob DeMarais (CA Technologies)

 

 

#NoBarriers Bash

Attendees celebrated the end to a successful CA World '17 at the No Barriers Bash, where they danced the night away to Third Eye Blind and Counting Crows' top hits. 

 

CA World 2018 in Miami, FL - See you next year!

CA World '18 will be in Miami, FL next year. Join us November 12-16, 2018 at the Miami Beach Convention Center for another year of inspiration, learning and fun.

 

Extending a big thank you to all our Agile Central session speakers, customers, partners, team members and community members. Whether you attended live or followed along virtually, thank you for being part of the CA World experience!

 

 

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Agile Central at CA World '17 Recap: Pre-Conference

Agile Central at CA World '17 Recap: Day 1 - Wednesday

Agile Central at CA World '17 Recap: Day 2 - Thursday

Opening Keynote

(Photo Credit: Rusty Lloyd)

(Photo Credit: Deven Shah)

The official "Day 1" of CA World began with a highly anticipated keynote in the events center, featuring our CEO, Mike Gregoire, and Jimmy Chin, who is a Professional Mountaineer, Skier and Filmmaker. They had a compelling discussion about creativity and execution, and how these themes apply in both the professional sport of climbing, and technology. Watch Mike Gregoire's Keynote (Replay)

“Synergies happen when you have a great level of trust”

"Excellence and success in climbing don’t come by chance. They’re founded in attention to detail, process, and grinding it out. Not heroics."

 

 

Exhibition Center Highlights

(Photo Credit: Jim Tisch)

Surya Panditi (General Manager, Agile Management) kicked off the first session in the Agile Management area with a fully attended keynote on the topic of how CA Agile Management solutions and agile software help drive business agility, business value and outcomes. View Presentation (PDF)

"By 2020, 40% of organizations will embrace a product portfolio paradigm to manage technology investments."

"With CA Agile Central, DigitalGlobe reduced time spent on maintenance by almost 40% accelerating project delivery times."

 

Co-authors of "The AGILE Almanac Book 2: Programs with Multi and Virtual-Team Environments" pictured at their book signing and giveaway.

 

Pictured from left to right: John Stenbeck (President, GR8PM Inc.), Nichole Tubiolo (Project Manager, Willis Towers Watson), Rick A. Morris (President, R2 Consulting), Michael Williams (Senior Executive Consultant, R2 Consulting).

 

John Stenbeck and Rick Morris, co-authors of the "The AGILE Almanac Book 2" pictured at their high energy tech talk where they shared career-boosting hacks, and even gave away copies of "The Agile Almanac Book 1" to some lucky audience members.

 

Dr. Sumeet Malhotra (Partner, TCS) exposed common cost overheads during agile projects, and offered a number of recommendations to save on these costs. Thank you to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for being a Platinum Sponsor at CA World!

 

Bryan Nelson (T-Mobile) spoke about the components of T-Mobile's Agile Journey, including their first Big Room Planning, and using the CA Agile Central portfolio. View Presentation (PDF)

“CA Agile Central release tracking provides a powerful view into progress and programs”

Who is helping you in your agile journey? “The Agile Success Program has been a huge help for us”

 

Michael Alexander (GE Transportation) shared GE Transportation's story on becoming a digital industrial company, by using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and approaching their transformation efforts from all angles-- across people, process and tools. View Presentation (PDF)

“We had to create the next evolution of this company. We had to become digital”

“We are in a technological renaissance... changes are more easily accepted on a smaller incremented basis.”

(On executive sponsorship in an agile transformation) “Find your channels...and persist with enthusiasm."

An agile, or digital transformation “is very much a cultural change that will change the very fabric of your business.”

 

Last year, the AgilityZone tech talk "Agile 101: Day in the Life of an Agile Team" had such a terrific turnout that we brought it back this year. Shay Boudreaux (Principal Product Manager) and Doug Diehnelt (Director, Software Engineering) shared what it feels like to be part of a high-performing Agile team, including ceremonies, activities, tools and the very culture that powers teams practicing Agile.

 

(Photo Credit: Christine Hudson)

Shannon Mason (VP, Product Management) and Ronica Roth (Lead, Agility Services Practice Dev) presented on the topic of "The Neuroscience of Program Planning and Execution" in the AgilityZone. Shannon and Ronica emphasized the mindset that organizations are successful because of the very people that power them. They also shared best practices on how to facilitate leadership that fosters co-creation, decision making and commitment.

 

 

Other Great Tech Talks & Sessions

The Agile Management area (including the AgilityZone) was full of fantastic tech talks and theater sessions led by customers, partners and our very own CA Technologies' employees. Below are additional topics that were featured at CA World. Once available, links to select presentations and session recordings will be shared below.

 

  • Case Study: Creating a SAFe Application and Analytics Ecosystem around CA Agile Central by Nick Thorpe (Intel) View Presentation (PDF)
  • The Business Agility Imperative by Evan Leybourn (Business Agility Insitute) View Presentation (PDF)
  • Radical Transparency: Key Best Practices and Technology Opportunities to Support Your Planning Delivery Ecosystem by Margo Visitacion (Forrester Research)
  • Case Study: Managing Complex Hardware & Software Matrices in the Embedded World by Ricardo Pianta (Datacom)
  • Case Study: How CA Agile Central Supports a Scaled Agile Transformation in an International Financial Institution by Frederic Hoffmann (International Financial Institution)
  • Agile 101: Day in the Life of an Agile Team by Shay Boudreaux and Doug Diehnelt (CA Technologies)
  • First You Get Predictable, Then You Get Fast by Dan Green and Heather Kanser (CA Technologies)
  • Assemble the Team to Lead Agile Transformation by Ronica Roth and Christen McLemore (CA Technologies)
  • Our Product Management Playbook by Scott Nusz and Val Zolyak (CA Technologies)

 

 

Demo Stations & Smart Bar

From exhibition floor opening to closing, our product team was hard at work, constantly engaging with attendees and providing them with live demos of CA Agile Central. Our demo pods particularly focused on the themes of Modern Quality Management, Dependency Management and Cross-Enterprise Business Views.

 

Our Agile Central Smart Bar was also buzzing with interest, as attendees stopped by to ask our Principal Agile Consultants questions and to receive live support and assistance. 

 

Extending a tremendous thanks to our demo staff: Matt Gorbsky, Dan Green, Val Zolyak, Doug Diehnelt, Ryan Scott, Shay Boudreaux and Scott Nusz, and also to our smart bar staff: Rusty Lloyd, Thom Gray, Suzanna Ahmed, and Thomas Lukareski for providing highly specialized and valuable support for our customers and attendees!

 

 

Bringing Session Notes to Life 

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The Agile Management content area hired artist and visual strategist, Axelle Vanquaillie from Visual Harvesting (pictured, left) to create infographic posters of some of the Agile Central and PPM sessions and tech talks. Axelle did an incredible job at capturing the session's facts and key takeaways, and transforming notes into visually engaging, infographic-style posters that attendees can enjoy for years to come.

 

Below are the finished infographic posters for a couple of our sessions:

Infographic Credit: Axelle Vanquaillie (Visual Harvesting)

 

What Inspires You?

We had an Inspiration Wall stationed at the AgilityZone where attendees wrote down what inspires them in their day-to-day working life, and path to agility. Here are just a few of the great responses that we received:

"Being more responsive to business partner needs"

"Collaboration, and co-location of team."

"Empowering people to make good decisions"

"Watching Big Room Planning happen."

"Servant management and leadership."

 

Thanks for reading Day 1 of the CA World '17 recap! Check out the recap blog posts for the Pre-Conference days, and Day 2 for even more pictures, key learnings and soundbites, and event highlights.

 

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Agile Central at CA World '17 Recap: Pre-Conference

Agile Central at CA World '17 Recap: Day 1 - Wednesday

Agile Central at CA World '17 Recap: Day 2 - Thursday

Welcome to CA World '17!

This year, industry leaders, tech gurus, agile software experts, and CA customers and prospects gathered once again at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada for CA World '17. Starting Monday morning 11/13, the Agile Central and Agile Academy teams stocked the Pre-Conference (Monday and Tuesday) schedule with highly interactive learning sessions and certification opportunities.

 

For those who were not able to join in the festivities live, or for those who want to re-live the excitement of CA World, continue reading this post, and also check out part 2 (Wednesday) and part 3 (Thursday) of this blog series for a recap of Agile Central's involvement and presence at CA World '17.

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On Monday and Tuesday, the Agile Academy team conducted all-day Agile Bootcamp classes, as well as a number of certification courses such as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Leading SAFe 4.5 to name a few.

 

Didn't get a chance to get certified at CA World '17? View upcoming Agile Academy certification & course offerings.

 

Our Agile Central product leaders, Scott Nusz, Doug Diehnelt, Val Zolyak and Shannon Mason (pictured from left to right, above) conducted a half-day pre-conference education workshop on the topic of how our CA Agile Central team uses our own product.

"To achieve success, find your coalition of the willing."

(On tracking work) "When you look at CA Agile Central data, it can trigger important questions."

"We strive to build a culture of sustainability, over a culture of heroism." 

 

(Photo Credit: Scott Nusz)

More Agile Central leaders connect with customers in a roundtable discussion. Shannon Mason (VP, Product Management) and Dilshad Simons (SVP, Product Management) provided a sneak peek of Agile Central product vision, and Laureen Knudsen (Principal, Presales) hosted a Business Agility Hackathon.

 

 

Getting Ready

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Pictured Above: AgilityZone managers Melissa Gallegos (Engineering Program Manager) and Joy Kohnken (Sr. Principal Events), with Agile Central team members gathering in the AgilityZone to prep for the next 2 days full of tech talks, Agile exercises/games, and open space sessions.

(Photo Credit: Scott Nusz)

Jeff Moloughney (VP, Product Marketing, Agile Management) sharing last words of motivation and advice to the Agile Management staff before we open up the exhibition center for the next 2 days.

 

Pictured above: Behind the scenes theater set-up. The Agile Management theater was the largest theater in the exhibition center, and would later in the week feature customer sessions from GE Transportation, and T-Mobile, to name a few. Read the Agile Central at CA World '17 Wednesday and Thursday recap posts to re-live the Agile Central and AgilityZone exhibition center experience!

 

 

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Why does it work this way?

 

Are you finding it challenging to get the most out of CA Agile Central, or are you new to the platform, and not sure where to start?

The CA Agile Central Power User is an in-person, 2-day course that supports new and beginner-level users. This course will help you build the foundation of your Agile Central platform from the ground up including creating your custom workspace, navigating pages, managing product backlogs, user stories, defects and more.

Learn more and register here: https://agileacademy.ca.com/courses/ca-agile-central-power-user 

 

Don’t Go It Alone! Avoid Bad Habits That Lead to Frustration

“Wow, I wish I’d known this months ago”

We hear this a lot as people are wrapping up our CA Agile Central Power User class.

We know how frustrating and time consuming it can be to DIY with such a robust platform. That’s why nothing beats immersion and collaboration with other customers who may be using our features in unique ways. This is your chance to discover new ways to interact with the platform and other Agile Central users.

More Than Just A Tool

Understanding the how and why of visibility options allows you to leverage that information for better results across your agile organization. With training, you’re most likely to use Agile Central to support your agile transformation rather than watching your path to agile nirvana be constrained by a powerful tool.

 

Not only will you become more comfortable with the platform, you’ll be a driver for your organization’s proficiency with agile best practices.

 

Is This Course Right for Me?

This course has been designed with you in mind. If you’re a new user or you’ve had the tool for a while and you’re still feeling like you’re not using it to its fullest potential, this course is for you. You’ll get more personalized instruction than traditional digital onboarding, so you can quickly master CA Agile Central.

So if you’re ready, click this link to register: https://agileacademy.ca.com/courses/ca-agile-central-power-user 

This year, CA World '17 is packed with content focused on achieving business agility. Listen and learn from case studies and stories from notable companies like NBC Universal, GE Transportation, Datacom and more.

 

This year’s four-day event offers something for everyone. Check out our list of exciting offerings below, where you will get valuable learnings you need to inspire and advance your agile transformation.

 

Join us this year for the following:

  • 13 customer & CA-led case studies and presentations
  • An exciting half-day pre-conference education workshop
  • 4 product demo areas
  • Smart bar - we're here to answer your questions!
  • 6 Agile Academy certifications and courses
  • Agility Zone engagement areas and tech talks

 

Download the CA Agile Central session catalog.

Thank you for following our journey at Agile 2017 on social media @CA_Agile, and in this community blog series this past week. Here is a recap of our last 2 days at the Agile 2017 conference.

 

 

Skip Angel (Sr. Director, Enterprise Agility) hosted a workshop on "Designing your Transformation Roadmap" that was highly attended and interactive. Attendees learned the importance of creating a roadmap to guide their transformational journey, and utilized transformation planning cards and other techniques to help them develop this roadmap. View PPT slides and the transformation roadmap planning cards.

 

Natalie Warnert (Principal Agile Consultant) gave a fascinating presentation on the topic of customer feedback, and its effect on developing a Minimum Viable Product.

 

She showed real world examples of how she has seen MVP feedback used and abused across multiple large retail products and features. She also describes key strategies to shift the traditional way of thinking to a leaner model while preserving options for delivery through “just enough” user feedback. View PPT slides.

 

The Project Management Tree Swing Cartoon was seen in a couple presentations at Agile 2017. This cartoon is a humorous metaphor has been used to illustrate the waterfall model of software development.

 

Agile 2017 Conference Party

Live entertainment at the Agile 2017 Conference Party at the Pointe Orlando.

 

Denise Jacobs (Speaker + Creativity Evangelist, The Creative Dose) ended Agile 2017 with a relatable and inspiring session, called "Banish Your Inner Critic", where she addressed the natural fears we have about our ability to produce and thrive in our personal and professional lives, and offered some creative methods to help confront and deal with these fears.

 

Some great quotes from Denise Jacobs' presentation:

  • "Impostor syndrome and the inner critic keeps us from fully contributing in the workplace."
  • "In order to banish your inner critic, you must first recognize your inner critical voice."
  • "We have mental power tools to help deal with the inner critic, such as focus, mindfulness and self-compassion."
  • "Know your uniqueness advantage, and capitalize on it."

 

Thank you for following our journey at Agile 2017!

 

Check out our full week recap from the Agile 2017 Conference:

Agile 2017: Day 1

Agile 2017: Day 2

Agile 2017: Day 3

The team had a blast at day 3 of the Agile 2017 conference, starting off the morning with a keynote session by Jez Humble, co-author of The DevOps Handbook, Lean Enterprise, who spoke on the topic of Continuous Delivery in Agile.

Quotes from Jez Humble:

  • "Give people the tools they need and the authority to change the process to build quality in."
  • "If we didn't alienate 80% of the workforce, we could have the talent we need in engineering."

 

Jez highlights womens' contributions to key technological advancements, including the female mathematicians (or human computers) who worked behind the scenes at NASA Langley and were instrumental in making major advances to America's aeronautics and space programs

 

A screenshot from a session by Dominica DeGrandis "Time Theft - How Hidden and Unplanned Work Commit the Perfect Crime". Some noteworthy quotes:

  • Identify the 5 "thieves": Unplanned Work, Conflicting Priorities, Unknown Dependencies, Neglected Work, Too Much WIP
  • Tip for taking charge of WIP: "Consider setting WIP limits that reflect current reality"
  • (On WIP overload) "We would rather take on something new/shiny rather than do grunt work needed to finish an unglamorous project"

 

Tom Perry (Agile Transformation Consultant) shares with Caitlin Lam (Product Marketing Manager) his findings from the conference sessions so far.

Christine Hudson and Ronica Roth discuss important Agile Transformation themes in a recording of AgiltiyCast, for Business.

 

Wednesday concluded with Agile Alliance Members' Meeting, and the Agile 2017 Extravagan-ZOO in the expo hall. The CA booth was buzzing with activity as our team provided product demos, networking, answering questions, and handing out treats at our ice cream stand!

 

Fully embracing the zoo theme in front of the CA booth.

 

Continue following us on social media @CA_Agile, and stay tuned on the community throughout the week for day-to-day recaps, pictures and tweet-worthy insights that are echoing the "latest and greatest" in the world of business agility and agile software.

 

Check out our full week recap from the Agile 2017 Conference:

Agile 2017: Day 1

Agile 2017: Day 2

Agile 2017: Days 4 & 5

The CA Agile Central team made the most of day 2 of Agile 2017 by hosting many well-attended sessions, engaging in great discussions with customers and even ending the day with an "Agile on the Rocks" networking session at the Sugar Factory Orlando.

 

Continue following us on social media @CA_Agile, and stay tuned on the community throughout the week for day-to-day recaps, pictures and tweet-worthy insights that are echoing the "latest and greatest" in the world of business agility and agile software.

 

 

CA Agile Central team members: Laureen Knudsen, Marla Schimke and Elizabeth Schultheisz excited for Day 2 of the Agile 2017 conference.

Deema Dajani (Agile Enterprise Consultant, CA) in front of a full audience presenting her session on building a Lean Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) and how to make agile transformations sustainable by budgeting for LACE.

 

"When building and evolving an agile transformation, use the same tools as your software teams for backlog and roadmaps" -Deema Dajani

 

Steve Wolfe (Enterprise Agility Director, CA) and Yuval Yeret (Agile Coach, Agile Sparks) presenting a session on how CA Technologies created customer focused collaboration by forming cross-functional feature teams across marketing silos.

 

"We decided the Marketing Value Stream *is* the customer journey." -Steve Wolfe

 

Heather Spring (Product Marketing Manager) and Deema Dajani (Agile Enterprise Consultant) recording an episode of AgilityCast, for Business.

 

CA hosted an "Agile on the Rocks" networking event at the Sugar Factory Orlando, complete with a DJ and photo booth.

 

Some great ideas written on our idea board:

"Create separate product backlog and sprint backlog"

"If you have to say you're in charge, you're not."

"Enterprise COE should be cross-functional/organizational"

"Celebrate failures!"

"Be an accountability leader... help unfold others' potential"

"Bitcoin & ethereum app development -- change the world without permission!"

 

Check out our full week recap from the Agile 2017 Conference:

Agile 2017: Day 1

Agile 2017: Day 3

Agile 2017: Days 4 & 5

Today kicked off an exciting first day of the Agile 2017 Conference in sunny Orlando, FL, in which CA Technologies is proud to be a title sponsor. The CA Agile Central team is on-site and in action– providing product demos, giving guidance in the Coaches Corner, recording AgilityCast for Business discussions with industry leaders, and for some of our transformation consultants– even presenting sessions of their own.

 

Follow us on social media @CA_Agile, and stay tuned on the community throughout the week for day-to-day recaps, pictures and tweet-worthy insights that are echoing the "latest and greatest" in the world of business agility and agile software.

 

CA Agile Central rockstars working the demo stations at our booth in the expo hall.

 

Ronica Roth (Advisor & Lead, Agile Practice Development) and Christine Hudson (Advisor, Enterprise Agility) presenting on their Monday morning topic: Only Responsible Leaders Can Collaborate in a High-Functioning Team.

 

Tom Perry (Managing Consultant) shares tips for preparing for agile coaching engagements.

 

Marla Schimke (Dir. Product Marketing) interviews James Chan (Dir. Agile Management Technical Sales) in an episode of AgilityCast, for Business, a web and podcast series featuring discussions between industry thought leaders.

 

Would you like to share your thoughts on the current state, or future of business agility? We would like to feature you in an upcoming episode of Agilitycast, for Business. If you are at Agile 2017, stop by the CA Technologies booth for more information.

 

Quote-worthy insights of the day:

"Success in business today– in the face of constant and rapid change– means giving customers what they need."

"An awesome team happens only when the members are connected via vulnerability-based trust."

 

Check out our full week recap from the Agile 2017 Conference:

Agile 2017: Day 2

Agile 2017: Day 3

Agile 2017: Days 4 & 5

With the launch of the Community App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. This week's highlight is the Work Item Throughput app which allows you to view throughput on past timeboxes so you can be use the information for retrospectives and future planning. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here

Work Item Throughput

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

About

 

When planning future iterations for your team, you might be curious about the past throughput to see how you're doing. The Work Item Throughput app gives you the opportunity to see user story and defect throughput for past timeboxes to help make decisions for future planning.

 

Use Case

 

By choosing between Count, Plan Estimate, Task Actual Total and Task Estimate Total for the way of measuring weekly throughput, you can use this as in retrospectives to determine what impacting your team's throughput and help determine how much work to plan for in the future.

With the launch of the Community App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today you can install the Cycle Time Chart and begin a new era of better flow for your team. You'll be able to see what your typical cycle time is, and hone in on outliers to identify room for improving your flow. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here. And if you're a fan of flow-based reporting, be sure to check out the new Cumulative Flow Diagram on the Team Board Product Announcement - Team Board Now Hotter Than Hot 

 

Cycle Time Chart

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

The cycle time for a work item is the time it takes to get from one being in progress to completed. Traditionally in Agile Central this is shown as a column chart - https://help.rallydev.com/cyclelead-time. This app shows your cycle time data as a scatter plot so you can view the distribution of cycle times and explore outliers.

 

Use Cases

Inconsistent cycle time will cause inconsistent delivery, so flow-based Kanban teams will love this chart as a way to identify deviations from their standard cycle times. The app includes percentile lines, and you can dig into the most inconsistent cycle times to identify root causes and improvement actions.

With the launch of the Community App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's post is featuring the Team Capacity Grid. If you want to be able to check tasks for an iteration to ensure your team isn't over capacity, this is the app for you! You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here.

Team Capacity Grid

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

Team Capacity Grid

 

About

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to visually determine the remaining capacity for your team members, the Team Capacity app is for you! Once your team has added capacities for each member with the Track -> Team Status page, you can use this app to see your team’s capacity and utilization by project and iteration. There is also a Refresh button to allow easy edit of task assignments from other sources and redisplay status.

 

Use Cases

 

This app is an easy way to see team load based on capacity and task estimates. This is a vital part to any team’s dashboard for teams that value tracking individual capacity. This will also help you ensure you don't have any overloaded team members which could result in burnout and poor morale.

With the launch of the Community App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's post is all about the Custom Grid with Deep Export. If your data reports not only slice and dice, but also make julienne fries, you need this app to get all the great data you can out of Agile Central. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here.

 

Custom Grid with Deep Export

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

Have you ever wanted to export user stories with their children? With the Custom Grid with Deep Export, you can filter for the stories or portfolio items you are looking to export, then export them with their children. No longer do you have to export several layers of data just to stitch them back together!

 

Use Cases

This app is great for using with your reporting tool or spreadsheet of choice to look at several tiers of data at once. You can also use this app if you have a past or current set of stories and tasks that are similar to some new work that you are planning, so you can copy them to create a basis for your new work.