The Perfect Balance: Agility and Governance – Is it Possible?

Today marks the start of a new era for organizations that have sought to find the perfect balance between agility and governance. Today, CA Technologies announced CA Portfolio Management for Agile IT, the first solution of its kind to integrate agile planning and enterprise project and portfolio management. Why should you care? For starters, as the economy slowly starts to rebound, organizations are taking a much closer look at their technology investment portfolios and looking to see if the projects and programs being funded are really going to deliver competitive advantage and result in revenue-generating products or services.


In addition, many organizations have adopted or will be adopting agile methods to more quickly respond to the needs of their customers. According to Gartner, a whopping 80% of all software development projects will use Agile methods by 2012. In fact, at our last Clarity Product Advisory Council Meeting in May, two-thirds of the members indicated that there organizations are or will be leveraging agile methods in the next several months. For most organizations, these two operational areas, portfolio management and agile planning, have been managed in silos each one completely independent of the other…until now.


CA Portfolio Management for Agile IT brings together the best of both worlds. The solution consists of two products: CA Agile Vision and CA Clarity On Demand. CA Agile Vision built on’s platform and designed specifically for all members of the development team staff, supports most agile methods, including the Scrum methodology. Development projects can be easily tracked using velocity and burn down charts, and the virtual wall, an electronic whiteboard (think drag and drop post-it pads) makes it extremely easy for developers to adopt and use starting from day one. (For a free 30 day trial please visit:


The integration with CA Clarity PPM On Demand, which features a brand new Web 2.0 user interface that streamlines common tasks and reduces clicks, provides IT executives and the PMO staff the critical data needed to make informed decisions, gain insight into resource consumption, and determine strategic alignment of IT services and projects to business goals.


The Perfect Balance – How is your organization achieving the perfect balance between agility and governance? Do your development teams and PMO staff continue to work in silos? When will your organization reach the tipping point?


As one IT executive told me, with CA Portfolio Management for Agile IT, development teams will be able to focus on what they do best – planning (product, sprint, iterative, or even individual planning) and project managers will be able to focus on what they do best – plan (portfolio, resources, risks, financial, reporting). Too simple to be true? It was, until today.


Article source: CA PPM Blog

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