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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 Connect

For simple requirements that need to go in one place and through a review process with a team, Jama is a good option. It has a nice, readable way of presenting the content, making it easier for people to review and provide feedback. It also offers support for adding test cases along with test plans, so my opinion that this tool is fit for non-technical people that need to manage a non-software development project with the goal of achieving good results(like a marketing team describing product marketing requirements).
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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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  • Get the enterprise license - this will allow multiple users to access Jama congruently. If not, it's not a true requirements collaboration tool.
  • Great for a Microsoft environment, but if you're not using Office tools such as Word or Excel, that could be problematic for reporting. Also requires some reformatting once downloaded into Excel.
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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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I like VersionOne (CollabNet) reporting better, and I cut my teeth on JIRA, but Jama has exceeded my expectations. Very easy to use and get started, especially if you haven't used another product previously.
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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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  • All the innovation-centric companies are adopting Jama. They have big customers like SpaceX, NASA, Fairchild Semiconductor to name a few. They also have very small companies and startups as their customers. One can conclude that the ROI is surely positive and significant.
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Agile Manager

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

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