Using Actuals to Refine Task Estimating for New/Young Agile Teams

Document ID : KB000047618
Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Summary

Users have a need to see the Actuals for the development time so the team can compare the estimates to those Actuals and learn from the retrospective on the data. How does one go about enabling Actuals in CA Agile Central?

Issue

Users have a need to see the Actuals for the development time so the team can compare the estimates to those Actuals and learn from the retrospective on the data.? How does one go about enabling Actuals in CA Agile Central?

Resolution

WARNING: this is a temporary process to refine the team?s ability to estimate. ?Once the estimates are in line, administrators should turn Actuals off.

In order to make the Actuals field visible, a Workspace or Subscription Administrator needs to take the following steps:

?? ?1.???? Click Setup
setup
?? ?2.???? Click Workspaces and Projects
?? ?3.???? Click the appropriate workspace
?? ?4.???? Click Fields from the navigation pane to the left
?? ?5.???? Click Task?from the work item drop down
?? ?6.???? Click the gear icon next to the Actuals field to edit
?? ?7.?? ? Set?Visible to Yes ??
visible to yes
??? 8.???? Click Save & Close
??? 9.???? Select User Story?from the work item drop-down
?? ?10.?? Click the gear icon next to Task Actual Totals to edit
?? ?11.?? Set Visible?to Yes
?? ?12.?? Click Save & Close
?? ?13.?? Repeat this process on Defect?for Task Actual Totals?if you use defects/task them out.? This will enable the necessary fields for proper capturing and reporting of Actuals on your tasks.


Planning with Velocity and Capacity at the Same Time

One report that may be helpful is the Weekly Actuals Report.? Additionally, users can now expose Actuals on the Iteration Status Page.

Users can now track the capacity of team members using the Team Status Page.? This is where your team members can enter the number of hours they have for a specific Iteration.? This then allows the user to track the team's capacity during sprint planning, when stories are tasked out.

Users would be best guided to use the Team Planning page to build out the Iteration and realize backlogs.? When it comes to tasking User Stories out during planning users can do so on the Team Planning page now. ?If tracking the team capacity is important to help the team stay in bounds of the time they do have; then it's sometimes recommended to create a Custom Page on the Plan tab and add a few helpful apps.? For instance, add in the Iteration Planning Board?and this Team Capacity app?(this is a custom app and was not developed by CA Agile Central and as such is not fully supported by CA Agile Central).? You'll need to copy the code of the Team Capacity app and load it into the Custom HTML app.?

The Custom Page should look something like this:
custom page


The team can then start adding tasks from the cards via the + sign:
User-added image
User-added image

Then, refresh the Team Capacity grid to view at the load each team member is then carrying for the Iteration. ?

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