Pivotal Tracker is a proven project management tool, created to help modern software development teams fully focus on the solution they’re building, rather than maintaining extensive project plans. CA Agile Central from CA Technologies (formerly Rally) is a complex platform for managing agile software projects, designed to support several different agile methodologies. These different methodologies are supported by a variety of pages in the tool, and teams will need to identify the pages that best suit their needs, disregarding the rest.
This support for differing agile processes comes at the cost of complexity when setting up projects, maintaining project status over time, and reporting. This complexity can lead to the following risks:
Twenty-five years’ of experience as a software consultancy working on thousands of projects has given us a deep appreciation for one of lean’s key principles: “just enough, just in time.” It turns out Goldilocks was onto something when she searched for the “just right” solution. We need to give our development teams just the right amount of planning (instead of analysis-paralysis) and just the right amount of tooling to help them be more efficient in getting their work completed (rather than more project documentation to maintain).
Tracker gives teams the ability to view and prioritize their work and automatically predict when work will be completed by using the best predictor there is: past results. Tracker calculates running velocity based on the average number of story points completed in the past one to four iterations. Using this running or average velocity, Tracker predicts the number of iterations a given backlog of stories will take to complete. This gives team the visibility into what work they have, along with when that work will be completed, all with minimal effort required of the team.
The difference between Pivotal Tracker and tools like CA Agile Central is fundamentally a philosophical one. But if your team is ready to work more efficiently with a workflow that ensures predictability, there are several ways you can move from Agile Central to Tracker. It’s possible to migrate your data over and move all your information, lock, stock, and barrel—or you may decide to have Tracker and Agile Central work hand-in-hand for now.
Tell us where CA Agile Central serves you well, and we’ll help you get the same benefit. Tracker manages releases, coordinates multiple projects, and handles high-level reporting differently than Agile Central, so we can decrease your ramp-up time with some tips and pointers. We pride ourselves on helping you make the most of Tracker. Get in touch via email or follow us on Twitter for information about updates and webinars.