How much more efficient (and stress-free) would you be if it was easier to create and view future work? Well, your wait is over: CA PPM 15.4 is here. This blog is our first look into the new enterprise portfolio planning feature known as Roadmapping, which supports your top-down planning needs with drag-and-drop ease.
When you log into CA PPM 15.4’s new UX, you land on the page. Click on the icon, outlined here in red, which takes you to the page.
Three layouts help you create and visualize your roadmap items: , , and .
In the layout you can see roadmap items you are planning by months, quarters, and years. The roadmap items are displayed as bars indicating and dates, circles indicating just a date, or diamonds indicating just a date.
As a portfolio manager, you can easily create planned work by clicking and dragging your mouse on the roadmap or uploading your items using a CSV file.
Three advanced features assist with planning and organizing work:
- Create variations of the same roadmap to evaluate different strategies
- Add up to three numeric metrics per roadmap item and view them in the timeline
- Save different views of any roadmap in any layout with personalized changes for each user
These advanced features can help you convey the work to different stakeholders, from development teams to executives, in a way that is meaningful to them.
The layout is a drag-and-drop view that can immediately indicate operational status. The organization of work can be grouped using global or roadmap-specific “picklists,” which can be used for Timeline swim lanes, color coding, and Board columns.
The layout provides spreadsheet capabilities where additional information can be added to work being planned. The portfolio manager can further define and provide high-level detail for investments such as cost, capacity, ROI, and rank.
This additional information will lead to more informed decisions on strategic initiatives and future work in the pipeline.
Your CA PPM administrator sets up the new user interface, and it is very easy to get access to this great new capability. Users just need to be assigned new Roadmapping security rights in the system.
Have you used the new roadmap feature? Share your experience, tips and opinions by joining the conversation and posting in the Comments section.