Welcome to CA Agile Central Help
The CA Agile Central Help includes the following features:
Summary of enhancements, fixes, and open issues.
Set Up CA Agile Central
As a subscription administrator, you have the ability to set up your workspaces, projects, and users to sync CA Agile Central with your unique Agile and team practices.
Start Using Agile Central
See the links below for helpful information and frequently asked questions:
Whether you are starting your first agile pilot or scaling across an enterprise, CA Agile Central provides a framework to help you successfully scale and mature agile practices in a step-wise fashion. This section connects you with just a few of our available agile resources.
Work Efficiently in CA Agile Central
Here's an overview of helpful pages and shortcuts to help you work more efficiently in Rally.
Build Your Backlog
The backlog is the collection of all customer input represented by user stories, any open defects, or defect suites. Typically, the product owner collects, manages, and prioritizes the backlog based on the importance of the request or defect. Those items at the top of the list are usually scheduled into releases and iterations to be worked on by the agile team. Once the item is scheduled into a release or iteration, it is removed from the Backlog page.
The Timeboxes page allows you to manage iterations, releases, and milestones by selecting the type from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Iterations are selected by default in the drop-down.
Use Flow-Based Boards (Kanban)
Kanban usually means a board for visualizing the flow of work. It can also mean the cards that populate the board. The Kanban method is a set of principles and practices for managing and improving the flow of work.
Use Roadmaps (Portfolio Items)
In CA Agile Central, we represent a specific initiative or feature using a portfolio item. You can use portfolio items to create higher-level roadmaps.
CA Agile Central provides many ways to check the status of future, past, or current work. You can also check the status of team members and projects. Check status includes:
Managing your defects and defect suites is an important part of your development cycle. Tracking and closing defects help you deliver the highest-quality product to your customers.
Testing is a vital part of ensuring the quality and integrity of your product. Testing is broken down by test cases, test plans, test sets, and test runs. Managing your testing efforts includes the following:
Risk work items allow you to track risks in CA Agile Central alongside all of your other work. You can:
Import and Export Data
You can import data into CA Agile Central or export data from CA Agile Central into another application.
CA Agile Central Reports and Charts
CA Agile Central provides a number of reports and charts to help you track progress and obtain insights about your agile practices. Select the Reports tab to view them all. Some reports are also available as apps in your dashboard.
Engage With Users
CA Agile Central Idea Manager is a great tool for agile product managers as a way to effectively connect and collaborate with all their users (and account for distributed users) to accelerate the input to product features and enhancements, and accelerate the feedback loop to users at informing them of the status of their ideas.
Use Advanced Security and Administration
CA Agile Central's Advanced Security and Administration module provides teams who work in secure environments with options to control the data that is stored in the subscription, as well as the ability to integrate login authentication with existing identity management systems.
Track and Report Billable Time
CA Agile Central Time Tracker extends CA Agile Central with timesheets and timesheet reports for the purpose of reporting on development cost—either for billing, charge backs, or software capitalization purposes. It alleviates the double entry frustration developers experience when their organization requires them to fill out weekly or monthly timesheets. By capturing timesheet entries in CA Agile Central, CA Agile Central Time Tracker saves developers' time and collects more accurate project cost estimates by recording daily hours spent on development work. CA Agile Central Time Tracker also features a Sum of Time Spent option. This allows the tracking of total hours spent on stories or defects, including time on tasks associated with stories and defects.
Extend CA Agile Central With Apps
An app allows for the combination of data from more than one source into a single, integrated page within CA Agile Central. CA Agile Central offers custom apps and managed apps. A catalog of managed apps is available to CA Agile Central users. These managed apps can be easily installed in custom pages within CA Agile Central, or on your dashboard.
CA Agile Central Integrations
CA Agile Central's platform reduces the pain of connecting enterprise tools to create a single source of record for decision-making across the business.
CA Agile Central Insights
Use the CA Agile Central Insights Solution to benchmark data and get detailed, diagnostic analytics to help understand and improve software development performance. CA Agile Central Insights uses a Software Development Performance Index (SDPI) framework. The Agile methodology is powerful for obtaining a high-quality product and a faster time-to-market, but what if your teams could improve even more?
Agile Central Labs
Agile Central Labs are the Wild West for our developers. It's a chance for our developers to release features to our customers with the caveat that they are unsupported.
CA Agile Central On-Premises Edition
CA Agile Central's On-Premises Edition provides you with all the great features of CA Agile Central, running in your own IT environment. While our SaaS products are constantly updated, the CA Agile Central On-Premises Edition is released on a periodic basis.
Enterprise Scale Agile
Enterprise scale agile dashboards includes the following:
CA Flowdock gives your team an inbox with chat capabilities. Teams or groups are organized into flows, join as many flows as you like. Use @ mentions to get the attention of an individual or an entire team. Flowdock includes these useful features to make your team collaboration even better:
CA Agile Central’s powerful Agile ALM platform enables developer teams to align work with organizational priorities, to continuously report on progress across projects, and to coordinate work across multiple teams and distributed sites in the spirit of enterprise agility.
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