2012 Q3 Release Notes


Overview of new features
Beta programs
Changes to the SOAP, REST, & JSON Web Service API
Hardware and software requirements
Defect fixes
Known issues
Customer Support


These notes provide pertinent information regarding the additions to CA Agile Central On-Demand during the third quarter of 2012. Features and defect fixes continually released between August 4th and October 26th, 2012 are included. Hardware and software requirements, compatibility, and known issues for the CA Agile Central Community, Enterprise, and Unlimited Editions during this time period are also provided.

What’s new in Q3

For CA Agile Central Unlimited customers:

CA Agile Central Unlimited Edition includes everything in CA Agile Central Enterprise Edition, plus:

  • Portfolio management (CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager)
  • Authentication and security management (CA Agile Central Advanced Security and Administration)
  • Idea management (CA Agile Central Idea Manager)
  • Quality management (CA Agile Central Quality Manager)
  • Time tracking (CA Agile Central Time Tracker)
  • Enterprise integrations with HP Quality Center, IBM ClearQuest, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, and Salesforce.com (CA Agile Central Support Manager)
  • Development sandbox for testing apps and integrations on a copy of your production data

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Type-specific portfolio item prefixes

You can customize the FormattedID prefix for each type of portfolio item in your workspace. For example, portfolio items of the type Feature will begin with F1, F2, as opposed to the previous prefix for all portfolio items of PI1, PI2, etc. Your existing portfolio items will reflect this change in ID based on the first letter of the type name. You can easily change this setting in the same location that you manage portfolio item type names and hierarchy:


CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Direct API access to each portfolio item type

The CA Agile Central Web Services API has been updated to provide direct access to a portfolio item, regardless of type. This change provides you with an easier method to query different types of portfolio items, and is the first step necessary to providing other features, such as hierarchy management apps.

To take advantage of new syntax to query portfolio items, please ensure you use version 1.37 of the CA Agile Central WSAPI, and review this document to ensure you use the correct queries. While we have made efforts to change Custom Grid app settings on your behalf, you may need to update any Web Services API queries you have created that involve portfolio item types.

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Portfolio Hierarchy app

The first increment of the Portfolio Hierarchy app is now available in the app catalog for CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager users. Portfolio Hierarchy will make it easier for you to visualize and manage the relationships among portfolio items and stories. With this first increment, you can:

  • View portfolio item hierarchies, including user stories
  • Filter the top level of the hierarchy by workspace and project
  • Set the app to begin the hierarchy with a specific type of portfolio item
  • Re-parent portfolio items by dragging-and-dropping, enforcing parents of the appropriate type
  • Re-parent user stories within the hierarchy, or to other stories
  • Navigate to the detail page of a work item by clicking the FormattedID
  • Edit, copy, or delete items directly from the app
  • Add a child portfolio item or user story directly from the app
  • View the Schedule State on user story rows

Portfolio Hierarchy

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Portfolio Kanban Board enhancements

The Portfolio Kanban Board app has been enhanced with the following features:

  • Gear menu actions for portfolio items
  • Inline edit the Name and Owner fields
  • Filter by workspace and project through settings menu

Gear menu

CA Agile Central Idea Manager: Next and previous icons in idea pages

CA Agile Central Idea Manager sites have been enhanced with a new option, next and previous arrows. These arrows allow you to quickly navigate when viewing the detail page of an idea. You can hover over an arrow to see the name of the next or previous idea.

Navigation arrows

For CA Agile Central Enterprise and Unlimited customers:

Iteration Tracking Board app

With the new Iteration Tracking Board app, you can see team progress flow from state to state, as if viewing note cards on a wall or whiteboard.

Iteration Tracking Board

The app provides you with multiple features that allow you to plan, execute, and track an iteration from a single location:

  • Change the state of a work item by dragging-and-dropping
  • Inline edit the Name and Owner field of work items
  • Filter by owner
  • View the cumulative status of tasks associated with each story or defect
  • View and edit essential details of associated tasks, directly from the board
  • Access full editors for user stories, defects, and tasks
  • Mark work items as blocked
  • Indicate that a card is ready-to-pull by selecting the checkmark on the card
  • Add, copy, and delete work items
  • Inline edit the Plan Estimate field on a user story or defect
  • To Do field auto sets to zero when a task is completed
  • To Do field auto-populates the Estimate field
  • View and add discussions
  • View task details using the gear menu on a card

Click here to learn how to use all of the app's features.

Bulk edit work item fields

Bulk edit functionality available on the Backlog page has been enhanced to support more fields, and can also be accessed from detail pages and the Custom Grid app. With this set of features, you can edit most work items, including user stories, defects, tasks, test cases, test sets, and portfolio items. You can bulk edit from:

  • Backlog and Portfolio Items summary pages
  • Detail pages
  • Custom Grid apps

Custom Grid bulk edit

Bulk parent or associate work items

In addition to bulk edit, a parent or associate option has been added to pages and apps with the grid layout. Using the Backlog page, detail pages of user stories or portfolio items, and the Custom Grid app, you can complete actions such as:

  • Assign or re-assign a parent to a set of user stories
  • Re-associate a set of tasks to a different user story or defect
  • Move a set of test cases to a new test folder

The option available in the gear menu will change depending on what type of work item you are editing. Click here for the full details and instructions on how to bulk parent or associate.

Story Hierarchy app

Story Hierarchy will make it easier for you to visualize and manage the relationships among parent and child user stories. With this app, you can:

  • View story hierarchies
  • Filter the top level of the hierarchy by workspace and project
  • Re-parent stories by dragging-and-dropping
  • Navigate to the detail page of a work item by clicking the FormattedID
  • Edit, copy, or delete items directly from the app
  • Create a child user story directly from the Story Hierarchy app
Story Hierarchy

Keyboard shortcuts

Global keyboard shortcuts have been added to CA Agile Central. There are three different types of shortcuts in the application:

  • Creation — Open a work item editor to create a new user story, defect, or test case.
  • Navigation — Move to the Backlog, Plan, and other pages without using your mouse.
  • View next in series — When viewing the details of an item in a release, iteration, or with a common parent, quickly move to the next work item in the set.

Keyboard shortcuts

To instantly see what shortcuts are available on a given page, press ? (shift + /) to bring up a list. Click here to learn about all of the keyboard shortcuts available in CA Agile Central.

Blocked Reason and Ready fields

Two new fields have been added to CA Agile Central work items to assist with daily status updates. The fields are available for the following work items:

  • Task
  • Defect
  • Test Set
  • User Story
  • Defect Suite
Ready and Blocked Reason editor fields

The Blocked Reason field is a string field where users can document the details of an obstacle or issue.

Ready is a boolean field that can be selected when a work item is ready to move to the next stage of development. You can also filter by the Ready field in Custom Grid apps to quickly view a group of work items that are ready for review.

If you have fields with the same name but different types, please contact CA Agile Central support for assistance. 

Does not contain operator (!contains) for custom views, notification rules, and Web Services API queries

When creating a WSAPI query, a custom view on summary pages, or a new notification rule, you can use the !contains operator to filter out work items that do not contain specific text. This operator is available for queries against string and text fields, including custom fields.

Does not contain operator

Beta programs

CA Agile Central’s beta programs get you involved with improving effectiveness and usability of new features before they are released. If you would like to participate, please send email to betas@rallydev.com.

Changes to the SOAP, REST, & JSON Web Service API

Web Services API deprecation policy

In order to support developer toolkits, custom apps, and queries more effectively, we are introducing a formal deprecation policy to the Web Services API. With the new policy, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to support older versions of the WSAPI for one year after a new version is released.

Versions 1.0 through 1.36 of the WSAPI will enter this one year deprecation period on October 1st, 2012. These versions will no longer be supported after October 1st, 2013.

The current version of the WSAPI, 1.37, is fully supported. Its one year deprecation period will begin on the date that version 1.38 is released. You may review the full deprecation policy in the CA Agile Central Web Services API documentation.

Hardware and software requirements

We at CA Agile Central are committed to making our software easily accessible. You can access CA Agile Central wherever you have an Internet connection via a PC, Linux, or Macintosh computer. Because this software is available through the World Wide Web, many of the constraints regarding which computer and software you use to access this material have been removed.

Nevertheless, it is not possible or practical for us to support every operating system and browser combination that is available. To take advantage of the newest CA Agile Central features, we recommend that you use one of the following fully supported browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer*

We support the two latest versions of each of these browsers. We do not recommend using development, test, or beta versions of these web browsers. Versions that are not publicly released may not work properly with the CA Agile Central application. In particular we strongly suggest using Chrome.

Regardless of the browser you choose, you must enable cookies and JavaScript.

* Internet Explorer Currently, we support Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 8, and provide limited support for Internet Explorer 7.

PDF Reader:

  • Minimum Adobe Reader 5.0 Microsoft Windows platforms (not Linux)
  • Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher recommended


  • Minimum 1024 X 768 X 256-color video resolution, 1280 x 1024 recommended.

Defect fixes in Q3

The following defects were resolved and patched during the third quarter of 2012:

  • DE7862 - Batch queries from WSAPI do not return correct list of projects
  • DE10341 - Shared custom views do not retain conditional criteria
  • DE11782 - Revision history reporting invalid changes to the Description field
  • DE13137 - Iteration Summary app fails to collect data when installed on iteration-scoped custom page
  • DE13177 - Bulk edit of project field does not work on Backlog, Portfolio Item, and detail pages
  • DE13407 - Password reset messages are confusing when using SSO
  • DE14205 - Some users see an error when trying to move a user story to another project
  • DE14252 - Workspace administrators are able to create shared pages in workspaces they do not administer
  • DE14254 - Cannot delete attachment with Web Services API
  • DE14324 - Portfolio Kanban Board app is not expanding vertically
  • DE14417 - Welcome to CA Agile Central dashboard page is sized incorrectly in Community Edition subscriptions
  • DE14493 - Bulk parenting to a portfolio item in a different project fails
  • DE14511 - Print preview for portfolio items displays no data
  • DE14543 - Move to position command does not work on Backlog page
  • DE14547 - Filtering user stories that are not assigned to an iteration or release does not work
  • DE14565 - Release drop-down selectors are sorting from oldest to newest
  • DE14568 - Cannot paste text from MS Outlook into a new description
  • DE14640 - Portfolio Kanban Board apps set to view different workspaces cannot find states
  • DE14684 - Custom Grid app set to portfolio items will not load data if fields are required and the user has viewer permissions
  • DE14691 - Some customers seeing discrepancies in csv export vs pdf export of Timesheet page
  • DE14751 - Page will not refresh after saving and edit on Kanban Board app
  • DE14802 - !contains operator will not return results when used in Custom Grid apps
  • DE14813 - Password reset emails are not being sent
  • DE14958 - Error screen displays when a copied user story is modified multiple times before clicking Save & Close

Known issues in Q3

Not all work items may be recovered from the Recycle Bin

Only user stories, portfolio items, defects, test cases, and tasks are recoverable from the Recycle Bin.

Dragging test sets into the backlog on the Plan page

Dragging a test set from an iteration into the backlog on the Plan page will appear to make the test set disappear. The test set is still in CA Agile Central, but it has become unscheduled. To view the test set, go to the Iteration Status page and choose an iteration drop-down value of Unscheduled.

Popup blockers and CA Agile Central

Be aware that some of CA Agile Central’s content is displayed using popup windows. Popup blockers may inhibit this functionality. To correct this, configure your popup blockers to allow CA Agile Central popups.

User story list view displays incorrect summaries when parent stories are shown

Users who have both parent and child stories visible in the List (flat) view on the User Stories page will see summaries at the top of the list that combine parent and child estimates. We are considering fixing this by only showing child stories in this view, and would appreciate your feedback.

Iteration Defect Status printed report shows incorrect totals

The default settings for “Print Report” on Iteration Defect Status work correctly. However, if you deselect “show nested items” the report will indicate that all stories have “no defects”, even if some do. To work around this, make sure you keep “show nested items” checked when printing this report.

Custom Timesheet Reports will display "No Entry" where a custom field should be if CA Agile Central artifact is deleted

If you run a Custom Timesheet Report that includes deleted data, the output will include "No Entry" instead of a custom field name for any deleted work items.

Salesforce.com Integration: Create defect function does not instantly respond

The create defect function found in Salesforce does not immediately provide feedback from the associated CA Agile Central subscription. This may result in the inadvertent creation of multiple defects. Click the button only once to avoid this issue.

Pasting formatted text from MS Word may result in error

Copy-pasting rich-format text into a work item editor from Microsoft Word may result in formatting or system errors. To work around this issue, compose directly in the CA Agile Central work item editors, or convert your entry to plain text before pasting.

Customer support

To contact CA Agile Central Support, click the Contact Support link in the lower-left corner of CA Agile Central.


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