CA Rally Delivers Information in a Not So Intuitive Manner
April 27, 2020

CA Rally Delivers Information in a Not So Intuitive Manner

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Rally Software (formerly CA Agile Central)

We use Rally software across the organization for strategic planning. In our Program Increment (PI) planning, we capture the needs and wish lists of the client-facing staff to create a backlog and then plan out our quarters. Throughout each sprint, each dev team tracks progress (or lack thereof) and determines the next item to bring in.

On the client-facing side, reports run by our Product Owners let them know what tools they will have to make their job easier. On the dev side, it keeps us on track. On the executive side, the company can assess where we are in terms of tools to make doing business easier. Our accountants love it as it directly interfaces in with our time reporting so they can know what cost center to put work in.
  • It does help us keep track of velocity and where we missed the mark.
  • It lets you see your completed to planned ratio.
  • It allows a clear view to project success throughout the organization.
  • It is overly complicated in some views.
  • Project Filtering seems buggy. Pinning a project does not always seem to help. Seems to default back to previous projects.
  • Whereas it is great for project reporting, it is not nearly as easy as Jira for devs to use.
  • It supports our version and Agile and we have been able to deliver because of it.
  • It is complicated. A tool should not be complicated but rather easy to use. Rally is not.
  • It is a lot costlier than tools such as Jira.
We have used Jira in the past. Jira is easy to use and seems to be an industry standard. Rally is clunky and expensive. The dev side did not pick it, the business did due to its reporting capabilities.
It just does not stack up well against its competitors. It might work for business insight into project progression but it does not make it easy for developers and testers to see what they need to see. You can get to what you need but it is not intuitive.

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CA Rally is well suited to companies where upper management needs a view of what is going on. It is well suited for that. For Scrum Master, Devs, and Product Owners it is overly complicated and hard to figure out just which screen to go to in order to get the needed information. It is maybe better for an established company. Startups or midsized companies are probably better off with Jira.