2012.1 Release Notes

Release 2012.1 – Updated on March 5, 2012

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Table of Contents

Overview of New Features
Beta Programs
Changes to the SOAP, REST, & JSON Web Service API
Hardware/Software Requirements
Known Issues in Release 2012.1


These release notes provide pertinent information regarding the additions for CA Agile Central Release 2012.1, hardware and software requirements, compatibility, and known issues for the CA Agile Central Community, Enterprise, and Unlimited Editions.

What’s New in Release 2012.1

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: Bulk child item chooser

Multiple lower-level portfolio items or child user stories may be assigned to a portfolio item in a single action with the bulk child item chooser. The chooser will notify you if items cannot be assigned due to insufficient permissions, and displays progress as multiple work items are assigned. This function is available in the Page Tools menu after selecting the Children or User Stories link from the sidebar of a portfolio item detail page.

For CA Agile Central Enterprise and Unlimited Customers:

Shared custom dashboards

Subscription and workspace administrators may share custom dashboard pages with other users in the workspace. This allows teams to customize a dashboard and the panels within to their specifications, and then distribute the page to members' CA Agile Central menus.

Users may also make copies of shared dashboards for personal use and modification. If your team has a shared dashboard, but you would like to customize the contents further for your daily work, simply make a copy.

App SDK 1.31

The App SDK was updated three times, with versions 1.29, 1.30, and 1.31. All updates were to keep naming conventions in line with our Web Services API. No changes were made to code.

Updated REST Toolkit for .NET

The CA Agile Central REST Toolkit for .NET has been updated to version 1.05. This version adds support for proxies.

Updated CA Agile Central Add-in for Excel

A new version of the CA Agile Central Add-in for Excel is available. Version 1.05 includes:

  • Proxy support
  • Revision history support
  • Fixed defect related to sub-object queries that could result in incorrect data
  • Fixed defect involving invalid profile settings that could cause workspace/project drop-down menus to fail

Updated Build Dashboard app

An updated version of the Build Dashboard app is available in the CA Agile Central App Catalog. The new version has multiple enhancements:

  • Look and feel uses grids found in other CA Agile Central pages, such as Plan>Backlog
  • Data columns in grids may be resized with your cursor
  • Filter build data by last 30 days, last 90 days, or by release
  • Quick visual indication of build success rates over most recent 20 builds
  • Updated bar graph showing build successes and failures per day

Updated Story Deep Copy app

The Story Deep Copy app has been updated to use components from App SDK version 1.29. A chooser component has been added to the app, making it easier to find a user story to copy. The look and feel is also consistent with other CA Agile Central catalog apps.

For CA Agile Central Community, Enterprise and Unlimited Customers:

Multiple browser tab and direct linking support

Multiple CA Agile Central sessions may be opened in separate browser tabs, each with independent project and view scoping. In addition to multiple tab support, this feature includes several other enhancements:

  • Copy the URL of any page in CA Agile Central to share with other users
  • URLs are specific to any views being used on the page, including custom views
  • Meaningful page titles appear at the top of browser tabs and windows
  • Browser histories show meaningful page titles, which include project names, page names, and work item IDs

Custom dashboards filtered by an iteration or release

You may create a custom dashboard that has panels set to display data from a specific iteration or release. When enabled, this option will display an iteration or release selector at the top of the dashboard. Not all dashboard panels are capable of filtering; please click here for a full list.

License limit exceeded warning

Administrators will see a warning message when creating a new user in a subscription with no available licenses. New users may still be created, but are automatically set to disabled.

New custom fields and field values recorded in revision history

The creation of new custom fields and custom field values are recorded in the workspace revision history. Entries will include the field and value name, date and time, and name of the administrator making the change.

Backlog usability enhancements

Two changes were made to behavior on the Backlog page to enhance usability:

  • "All" displays in filtering fields at the top of each column before text is entered
  • The bulk action icon bulk icon and menu appears after one backlog row is checked instead of two

New dashboard panels

Two new panels have been added to the catalog:

  • Incomplete Stories for Current Iteration
  • Unassigned Tasks for Current Iteration

These panels assist teams with identifying unfinished and/or at-risk work in the current iteration.

Updated default dashboards

The default dashboard panel selections for the Organizer, Contributor, and Executive roles have been updated. These panels display when a new user selects a role for the first time. Existing users will not see any changes to what panels are installed in their dashboards.

Updated Getting Started dashboard panels

The content within the Getting Started dashboard panels has been updated to provide new links to CA Agile Central resources and help content. All users who have this panel installed will see the update automatically.

Updated welcome emails

The welcome emails that new users receive with password creation links have been updated. The new streamlined text guides new users directly to the link to set up a password.

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

The Web Services API has been revised to version number 1.31. Click the Web Services API link from the main Help page to view your Web Services documentation.

Click the API Versioning link under Topics in the left navigation of the Web Services API documentation for details about version changes.

Hardware/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 Internet Explorer 7, and provide limited support for Internet Explorer 6.

PDF Reader:

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


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

Known Issues in Release 2012.1

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.

Notifications using the conditions "owner changed-to/from" will not send against new CA Agile Central work items

If you create a notification rule with ownership changed conditions, and then change the ownership on a CA Agile Central work item that has never had an owner, a notification will not be sent.

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.

404 error screen when searching for a test set by FormattedID

Searches for a specific test set using the exact FormattedID string will result in a 404 error page. Search by the test set name in order to work around this error.


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