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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.

 

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.

 

 

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 speaker 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.

 

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.

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 featured app is Release Test Case Trend, which allows you to see the results for the test cases run to give you an overall idea of quality before a release. 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.

 

Release Test Case Trend

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

 

As you prepare for release, it’s crucial that quality is maintained and meets customer expectations. This app tracks your release by iteration to show how many test cases have been run, and what the results are.

 

Use Cases

 

Each iteration in your release will have more and more test cases run, and this app will show you the status of each. Use this app to ensure your Team isn’t blocked on test cases, and that the run tests are appropriately passing. It can be a great conversation piece with your Team around how quality is progressing in your release and identify issues.

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. Let's take a look at the Super Customizable Cumulative Flow. Besides having a name like a superhero, this app will be your sidekick in making well-informed decisions to optimize 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.

 

Super Customizable Cumulative Flow

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

 

Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFDs) are amazing ways to view your Team’s flow, and are available in Agile Central for iterations, releases, milestones, and other buckets. This app lets you further customize CFDs by choosing the type of item to track, the field you want to group by, and even the timeframe for the chart.

 

Note, this cannot be used in on-premises installations.

 

Use Cases

 

CFDs can answer many questions about your Team, such as:

  • Forecast and track progress: The states of the scheduled work items indicate the progress of your development as it moves to completion. To determine if you are on target to complete the work within the scheduled iteration, track the accepted state.
  • Manage scope: As your 'scheduled work item' bars become level, it is easy to see when excess work is added to a timebox. If the level of the bars do not remain uniform and instead continue to increase, you need to re-address the scope of your timebox.
  • Identify bottlenecks: Use the rolled-up states of your scheduled work items to determine if there are trends that indicate bottlenecks. For example, a large section of scheduled items in a completed state as compared to a small amount of accepted may indicate a testing roadblock.

Hello Friends!

 

It’s CA Agile Academy here.

 

In the coming weeks we’ll be merging our @CAAgileAcademy account with the @CA_Agile account.

Same great training–a more robust Twitter experience.

 

Why?

 

As part of CA Technologies we have access to a wealth of thought leadership and solutions expertise for practicing business agility. Our classes are taught by passionate agilists who’ve seen the pitfalls and rewards of agile implementation from team- to enterprise-level, across many industries and beyond software development. These folks also contribute to the @CA_Agile account which can provide you with a broad range of information including early access to agile insights, timely event announcements, a larger community, as well as news about our business agility solutions. We want you to get first-hand access to all this great content and CA Agile Academy will be right there with related training and special offers. We’re pretty sure it’s going to be a better “buffet” for you.

 

We hope you’ll follow us on @CA_Agile and as a thank you for doing so, please use code TM1810 to save 10% off list price when you register for one of our eligible* classes! However our paths crossed, we are grateful for it and we’d like to stay connected with you and help you succeed on your journey to agility.

 

*Terms and conditions apply. Discount cannot be combined with other offers and is not applicable to Implementing SAFe® 4.0 with SPC Certification.

 

 

Thanks and see you on @ca_agile starting July 1st 2017! Don't forget to follow @ca_agile to keep up to date on all things CA Agile Academy! 

 

CA Agile Academy Team 

With the launch of the newCommunity App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's let's take a look at one of the top apps for portfolio management, WSJF. 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.

 

WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First)

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

 

When trying to determine which work to start on first, many teams use WSJF (weighted shortest job first), which is a lean method for determining backlog prioritization using the cost of delay and remaining job size. The WSJF board allows your team to calculate WSJF scores based on Risk, Value, TimeCriticality and JobSize so you can determine what should be worked on first.

 

 

Use Cases

 

Your team is trying to deliver value quickly and want to do a comparison of features/initiatives/etc based on the cost of delay and job duration. More information can be found here.

With the launch of the newCommunity App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's let's take a look at one of the great time-saver apps, Portfolio Item Copy. 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.

 

Portfolio Item Copy

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

Portfolio Item Copy

 

Have you ever wanted to copy a portfolio item and all of its children? With this app you can simply select the destination project and portfolio item to copy, and it will make a copy of that portfolio item and its descendants, including other portfolio items, user stories, and tasks. Test cases and defects are not copied.

 

By default, it copies the following fields:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Owner
  • Parent
  • Tags

 

If there are required fields, the app will attempt to copy those fields as well. If the Release field is required for stories, the app will present the user with a drop-down box for default release to put in as a placeholder for any parent stories that are being copied.

 

Use Cases

You can now make a template Portfolio Item, and copy it as you build your roadmap backlog. Create your standard stories, such as running security checks or adding analytics tracking, so that you don't forget to add them on each feature. Talk about a time saver!

 

You can also use this app to help split features across releases, if needed. Take your partially completed feature, copy it, and clean up each to reflect what was done in the prior release and what's to be done in the next.

 

If you have other use cases for this app, I'd love to hear them in the comments!