CA Agile Central On-Premises 2015.1 Release Notes

These release notes provide pertinent information regarding the additions for the CA Agile Central On-Premises Release 2015.1, hardware and software requirements, compatibility, defect fixes, and known issues for the CA Agile Central Enterprise and Unlimited Editions. All features, changes, and defect fixes were periodically released to CA Agile Central On-Demand from November 1, 2014 to April 15, 2015:

Please refer to the CA Agile Central Installation Guide for CA Agile Central On-Premises Release 2015.1 for setup and configuration information.

Note: If you do not have internet access, the url to access online help for On-Premises is https://<ip-address>/help/user - where <ip-address> is the address of your On-Premises CA Agile Central installation location.

On-premises releases are now communicated via the CA Agile Central Community On-Premises group, where you can also ask your most pressing questions.

Features

Unlimited and Enterprise Edition features:

Click here to learn more about CA Agile Central editions and pricing.

Swimlanes on Kanban, Iteration Tracking, and Portfolio Kanban boards

Note: Swimlanes for the Kanban Board and Iteration Tracking Board were included in the 2014.3 On-Premises release. Swimlanes for the Portfolio Kanban Board were added to the 2015.1 On-Premises release.

Swimlanes are horizontal rows that can be applied to a board for a team to easily visualize work items by category or sub-process. If your admin has created them for your workspace, you can choose custom fields to be used as swimlanes on the board, as long as the custom fields exist on all portfolio item types. Common uses on a program-level board includes grouping work by marketable and non-marketable work or work grouped by parent portfolio items.

To add a swimlane:

  • Click the Actions gear menu on the top right of the board and select Settings.
  • Select the Swimlanes checkbox.
  • Select the type of swimlane you want to set up from the dropdown menu.
  • Click Save at the bottom of the settings pane to save changes and create your swimlane.

For the Portfolio Kanban Board, common usage for swimlanes includes investment, category, parent, or custom fields. For the Team Kanban Board, the most common usage is to add an Expedite swimlane. You can use this swimlane to visualize a single work item that is allowed to violate work in progress (WIP) limits. This work item receives priority treatment over other work items in a column.

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Demo video

Watch the video below for a demo and some examples on using swimlanes, presented by CA Agile Central Product Owner Steve Stolt:


5 minutes

Blog post

Learn some tips and tricks and how to get more out of Portfolio Kanban with swimlanes from CA Agile Central's Catherine Connor.

Portfolio Item Dependencies

Product owners, product managers, and release train engineers may now create dependencies between related portfolio items to indicate requirements and build order across multiple teams and timeboxes.

When you have two or more portfolio items at the same level, and one must be finished first, you can designate the first item as a predecessor. The following portfolio item is given a successor designation, indicating the dependency in both directions.

You can view, create, assign, edit, and remove dependencies for a specific portfolio item when viewing its detail page, after enabling the editable detail page beta feature:

You may also add the Dependencies field to the following board and grid views to quickly see items that proceed or succeed a specific portfolio item:

AppSDK 2.0rc3

A new version of App SDK is now available. AppSDK 2.0rc3 includes enhanced documentation, better examples, upgraded support libraries, and improved tooling.

Features include:

Check out the blog post to learn more about the new release of App SDK.

The Custom Grid is now called Custom List in the CA Agile Central App Catalog

CA Agile Central will be enhancing the Custom Grid app with improved filtering and add new work item functionality. In preparation for these updates, the Custom Grid app has been renamed to Custom List in the App Catalog.

Note: Only the name of the Custom Grid has changed for this release of On-Premises. The new functionality for the app will be available in a future release of On-Premises.

Easily track, view and recover Milestones

Last year, CA Agile Central introduced the ability to use milestones to help organizations plan and deliver the right work at the right time. The reception from our customers has been overwhelming positive, and from early usage and feedback, we’ve implemented several key enhancements that will make the use of milestones in CA Agile Central even more powerful.

These include capabilities to:

  • Plan and track milestones directly from a milestone’s detail page, now a central hub for managing work related to important business milestones from the Timeboxes page.
  • Associate work items with a milestone by selecting the Choose button on a the Scheduled tab of the Milestone editable detail page.
  • Visualize progress of work specific to selected milestones in CA Agile Central’s Portfolio Timeline view, helping stakeholders understand progress and guide scope.
  • Easily recover deleted milestones from the Recycle Bin, including their feature and story associations.

Using all of the timeboxes supported in CA Agile Central - milestones, releases, and iterations - you can develop on a predictable cadence and release to meet market-driven demand.

Blog post

You can read more about milestones and other new exciting features in the New Features for Speed,Visibility, and Scale blog post by CA Agile Central's Steve Wolfe.

New Iteration Status page now generally available

CA Agile Central’s new Iteration Status page provides breakthrough features and technology that empowers teams to manage their daily work with a comprehensive view of critical, real-time information about their plans and progress. We worked with hundreds of beta testers to tweak, refine, and improve our old page to make it fast, simple, and powerful - all at the same time.

The Iteration Status Page is the central hub teams in CA Agile Central come together around to manage their daily work. All of the editing, status and reporting needed is on one page, eliminating the need to navigate around to different pages. Use the Iteration Status Page for reviewing progress or for real-time facilitation of stand-up meetings.

CA Agile Central's Iteration Status page is now available to all users. The new page has a number of advantages over the legacy page. You can now do the following:

  • View stories, defects, defect suites, and test sets on one page
  • View and edit work on a list view or board
  • Add, reorder, or remove columns on the list
  • Add, reorder, or remove fields from cards on the board
  • One-click to edit fields in the list view or board

Demo video

Watch the video below for a demo of the page, and preview how we're using some new features to provide consistency throughout the application:


5 minutes

Blog post

Learn why the Iteration Status page is The CA Agile Central Page Teams Can't Live Without.

For additional information on how to use the new page, including how to use both list and board views, you can view the Iteration Status page help content.

New features added to Backlog, Defect Suites, and Recycle Bin pages

CA Agile Central has updated the Backlog, Defect Suites, and Recycle Bin pages with new components as found on the Iteration Status page.

On the Backlog page, you can now:

  • click the Filter filter icon and select any column headings to add (including your own custom fields). You can also select which work items to show on the page.
  • click the Show Columns show icon to select columns to display on the page.
  • click the Import/Export/Print import export icon to import, export and print.

On the Defect Suites page, you can now:

  • click the Filter filter icon and select any column headings to add (including your own custom fields).
  • click the Show Columns show icon to select columns to display on the page.
  • click the Import/Export/Print import export icon to export and print.
  • click the Add New button to easily add a new defect suite
  • inline add a child or peer work item from the gear menu
  • rank work items with drag-and-drop
  • change a work item’s rank from the gear menu
  • delete a work item from the gear menu

On the Recycle Bin page, you can now:

  • click the Filter filter icon and select any column headings to add (including your own custom fields).
  • click the Show Columns show icon to select columns to display on the page.

Hardware and software requirements

Hardware

The On-Premises image requires 150GB of storage for virtual disk space. Please ensure this is available prior to installation.

Monitor:

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

VMware® vSphere server (recommended) or VMware® ESX server

CA Agile Central VMware Appliance Configuration:

  • CA Agile Central Software recommends 10 - 12 GB of RAM for improved performance for subscriptions that may serve a higher volume of requests.
  • 2 CPUs
  • 150 GB Disk

Supported web browsers

We at CA Agile Central are committed to making our software easily accessible. You can access CA Agile Central wherever you have a connection to your On-Premises server via a PC, Linux, or Macintosh computer.

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 We support Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11. CA Agile Central no longer supports Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8.

Other

PDF Reader:

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

Known issues

Solr stat download logs contain errors

In the On-Premises Control Panel, the Download Search Service Logs: Download Logs link on the Current Server Status tab produces log files that contains an error.

Application and server log files removed from the On-Premises Control Panel

On the On-Premises Control Panel, when the user clicks the Log Files link and downloads the log files, the application and server logs have been removed from the download file.

Customers with a large amount of data may experience a longer migration time

Some customers with a large amount of data may experience a longer artifact_tag_string migration time when restoring or restarting CA Agile Central. The amount of time the migration runs depends on the data size.

Mac Archive Utility error

When unzipping the 2014.1 On-Premises file, Mac user may encounter the following error message:

To resolve this issue, you can download a free Mac app called the Unarchiver. This app allows you to unzip larger files. You can download the app at the following address: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-unarchiver/id425424353?mt=12.

SQL error when restoring data sets does not require action

A bug that displayed a SQL error when restoring data sets has been fixed in the On-Premises 2014.1 release. The error appears on https://ONPREM_HOST/controlpanel/actionfiles/restorebackup.php when the user successfully executes a restore process. The error is related to database index query optimization and is safe to ignore as a background task runs weekly to re-create the index optimizations to fix this issue. However, since the bug existed in 2013.1 and previous releases and is related to data restoration, the SQL error will still display when restoring data from a 2013.1 release or earlier to a 2013.2 or later release. In order for the license key to be installed successfully, or being validated by the CA Agile Central Application, you must restart the CA Agile Central Application.

ORA-39083: Object type INDEX_STATISTICS failed to create with error: ORA-01403: no data found ORA-01403: no data found Failing sql is: DECLARE I_N VARCHAR2(60); I_O VARCHAR2(60); NV VARCHAR2(1); c DBMS_METADATA.T_VAR_COLL; df varchar2(21) := 'YYYY-MM-DD:HH24:MI:SS'; stmt varchar2(300) := ' INSERT INTO "SYS"."IMPDP_STATS" (type,version,flags,c1,c2,c3,c5,n1,n2,n3,n4,n5,n6,n7,n8,n9,n10,n11,n12,d1,cl1) VALUES (''I'',6,:1,:2,:3,:4,:5,:6,:7,:8,:9,:10,:11,:12,:13,NULL,:14,:15,NULL,:16,:17)';BEGIN DELET

Build details

  • Onprem ALM Build: onprem-almci-10
  • CA Agile Central ALM Build: almci-master-17054
  • Analytics build: master.12438
  • SOLR build: amci-master-3215
  • Control Panel Version: 2015.1
  • WSAPI: v2.0

Feedback

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