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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."


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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."


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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

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Opening Keynote

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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

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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.


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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." 


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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.

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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!