CA Agile Central Quickstart for Developers

Five minutes, twice a day.

That's all the time you need to update your progress in CA Agile Central as a developer, tester, writer, or other contributor to a team. Read the first section below to learn the essentials to start working immediately, then read further to improve your workflow.

I Just Need to Update My Tasks

The Iteration Status page in CA Agile Central provides you with a view of all work in the current iteration or sprint . You can update the status of items you own here.

The Iteration Tracking app to the left of the page can display the team’s progress in a board or grid format. The board view is good for getting a sense of if the team will meet their commitments in time, while the grid view is good for updating the status of multiple work items . You may also customize what work item fields are displayed in the grid.

Update Tasks From the Board

  1. Select the task status icon that displays on the card .
  2. In the task details pop-up, double-click a field to edit it.
  3. Enter the new value or select a new value from the drop-down.
  4. Select another field to save the previous edit, or use the tab key to edit the next field to the right.
  5. Select outside of the details display to close.

Update Tasks From the Grid

  1. Select the icon to the left of a story or defect to display the associated tasks, or select the expand all icon.
  2. Select a field to edit it.
  3. Enter or select a new value.
  4. Use the tab key to edit the next field to the right, or the enter key to edit the next field down.
  5. Select outside of the grid to save the most recent edit.

Update Stories or Defects From the Board or Grid

If you need to edit the contents of the user story or defect that is associated to your tasks, you can access the item’s detail page to edit all available fields.

You will be directed to the detail page of the work item. Edit fields inline by selecting, and then use the tab and enter keys to move editing focus. Moving out of a field will save any edits made.

With these three methods, you are able to update the status of any work items you are responsible for. Read on to learn how to configure additional settings that can help you work more efficiently, and provide the necessary data to your team and leaders.

How Do I Find My Work to Update?

Teams using iterations (also known as sprints) will be able to navigate to the Iteration Status page to see and update all work items in the current timebox .

You can also use apps, custom queries, and filters in CA Agile Central to find what you’re responsible for.

My Tasks App

The My Tasks app is added to your dashboard by default when you select the contributor role upon your first login. If you chose a different role, or have previously deleted the app, you can add it back.

Learn how to add an app to a dashboard or custom page.

The My Tasks app is a pre-configured Custom Grid app with a default query:

((State != Completed) AND ((Owner = {user}) AND ((Iteration.StartDate <= today) AND (Iteration.EndDate >= today))))

By default, the app will show you any owned tasks in the current iteration that are not complete. If a task is marked completed, or moved to another owner , it will disappear from the app.

You can modify this query if your team doesn’t use iterations:

((State != Completed) AND (Owner = {user})

The query above will show you all of the tasks you own that are not completed, regardless of timebox. You may modify the query further to find a specific set of tasks you own.

When you have your app configured with the filters and columns you need, you can inline edit most fields that are displayed.

Notifications

You can set up rules that will notify you when specific work items you care about are created or changed. Notifications can be sent to your email or displayed in an app on your dashboard.

To create notification rules:

  1. Select the drop-down in the upper-right corner of CA Agile Central and select My Settings.
  2. Select the Notifications link at the top of the page.
  3. Select a Work Product Type from the drop-down.
  4. Select Actions and select New Notification Rule.
  5. Give your rule a name, and use the Add Condition button to add trigger criteria.
  6. Select Save & Close.

Here are a few sample rules you can use and modify to find your work items:

  • New defects assigned to me: Object ID=Changed; Owner=me
  • New high priority defects: Object ID=Changed; Priority=Resolve Immediately; Priority=High Attention
  • My new tasks: Owner=Changed to me
  • Failing test cases: Owner=me; Last Verdict =Fail

I Found a Bug While Working!

Defects are work items that address and track quality issues, and are also managed within a sprint from the Iteration Status page. Some types of defects are entered on another page in CA Agile Central first, as they need to be reviewed and scheduled by the team before entering an iteration.

I Discovered a Defect Related to Work Done in a Current User Story

When you find a defect related to a user story currently in development, you should create the defect with an association to the story. You can do this automatically from the board or grid view of the Iteration Tracking app.

  1. Move your cursor over the user story card and select the plus icon.
  2. Select Defects.
  3. In the defects details display, select Add New.
  4. Enter the name of your defect and select Add With Details.
  5. Enter values for required and optional fields, then select Save & Close.
  6. The card will update to show that a defect has been opened.

I Discovered a Regression Defect Unrelated to Current Work

When you find a defect unrelated to current iteration work, you should create the defect as a stand-alone work item. This new defect is not addressed in the current iteration, unless there is a critical issue that causes the rest of the team to halt work. The new defect resides on the backlog , and is ranked and scheduled by the team during regular planning meetings.

Create standalone defects from the Backlog page to ensure product owner review and ranking.

From the Backlog page:

  1. Select the Add New button near the top of the Backlog page.
  2. Select Defect from the work item type drop-down.
  3. Enter the name of your defect and select Add With Details.
  4. Enter values for required and optional fields, then select Save & Close.

I Have an Idea to Help Meet Our Team and Organization Goals

Great! Team members are encouraged to create new user stories on the backlog, so they may be reviewed, estimated, and prioritized in team meetings. You can create new stories from the Backlog page.

From the Backlog page:

  1. Select the Add New button near the top of the Backlog page.
  2. Select User Story from the work item type drop-down.
  3. Enter the name of your story and select Add With Details.
  4. Enter values for required and optional fields, then select Save & Close. (Tips on writing a great user story)

After you save, the new story will be placed at the lowest rank on the page. During backlog grooming meetings, and when extra time allows in other planning meetings, the product owner reviews newly entered stories with the team and opens discussion.

What Settings Should I Configure?

Your Profile and Settings

Set up your profile to help others identify who is creating and editing work items in a project . Listing your contact details in your profile helps your teams and your CA Agile Central administrator deal with issues between different sites.

For more information about how to set up and edit your profile, and your settings, see:

Not all fields that you see on your profile page can be edited. Some fields are configured by your administrator.

Related Topics

Feedback

Need more help? The CA Agile Central Community is your one-stop shop for self-service and support. To submit feedback or cases to CA Agile Central Support, find answers, and collaborate with others, please join us in the CA Agile Central Community.

Heads Up

  • If your team is new to Agile, be sure to check out our resources to learn about the processes behind updates in CA Agile Central.