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Agile Manager

5 Ratings

Jama

10 Ratings

Agile Manager

5 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

Jama

10 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Agile Manager

One scenario I believe HP Agile Manager is well suited is for a team of 5 or more developers who are releasing new features or addressing defects. Another scenario where it is beneficial is for teams of QA Automation engineers, where again, the objectives are clear. A scenario where I believe it would be less appropriate is for operations-type teams where objectives are not always clear cut, and the roles must be more reactive.
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Jama

Jama is best suited for industries with complex products. These include industries like aerospace, semiconductor etc. Also, industries where data traceability is important - like healthcare, defense etc.A product like Jama, according to me, is not useful for scenarios where inter-team dependency is minimal or the product developed is not very complex. One does not require a powerful tool like Jama there and a very basic requirement management tool would suffice.
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Pros

  • Agile manager is particularly good for planning out sprints in an Agile methodology
  • The Task Board in AGM gives clear swim-lanes to indicate progress/status, or to gauge that of another team member.
  • The Dash Board gives visibility to team members capacity and the overall team burn down.
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  • Flexibility to create a custom requirement management ecosystem.
  • I love the fact that a Jama user can choose from a large variety of existing entities, but at the same time, also create new components and sort and manage them effectively. One can link different entities, bundle them and segregate them.
  • Traceability
  • Jama focuses a lot on maintaining traceability. And anyone who uses Jama will notice this. For even a delta change in the requirement or entity, it locks in the time stamp and the user. This proves to be a very useful feature in industries where data traceability is critical. Jama is thus best suited for requirement management in industries like aerospace, defense, and healthcare. One can always go back and get the whole audit trail.
  • The Trace View and Reading View
  • In a complex scenario, where one has to manage hundreds of requirements, Jama provides the best way to analyze them. The new features like Trace View and Reading View (which were absent in earlier versions) make requirements management more intuitive. Users can create a custom filter and view as well, this is great.
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Cons

  • Removing stories from a Sprint results in them being difficult to find later.
  • Editing story details is slightly cumbersome.
  • It's somewhat unclear how capacity fills up for stories split from prior sprints.
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  • Jama can have better overall SDLC management components especially bridging between different ALM tools.
  • Jama is not an ALM tool but can have some better customization of defect reporting mechanisms as well as test run approach.
  • Jama's ability to break out steps into sub-children in a test plan hierarchy can use a bit of improvement to make it more modular.
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Alternatives Considered

HP Agile Manager is beefy enough to work for bigger teams. In this way it matches closely to what is offered with Rally. One area it comes up short when compared to Rally is the apparent lack of a test management capability, where requirements can be entered then mapped to test cases. Agile Manager has some of the agile feel offered by Trello and Waffle but the added functionality that makes it more valuable for bigger teams.
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These products serve two different purposes really, JIRA with the GreenHopper plugin is a more tactical minded application.
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Return on Investment

  • It has allowed us to plan our Sprint work more effectively
  • It has made it more clear how to accurately estimate certain problems
  • It has given clarity over time as to the skill and work speed of team members
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  • Faster, more accurate reporting. Prior to one of the projects I worked on, requirements traceability reporting was a manual asynchronous affair. That is to say whenever there was an update we had to make sure all of our spreadsheets were up to date. Jama did wonders for our requirements integrity from that sense, and made it much easier to generate various reports depending on what was being asked.
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Pricing Details

Agile Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Jama

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details