PPM Insights: FIRST LOOK at CA PPM 15.2’s Adaptive Project Management and Conversations

By Anon Anon posted 03-10-2017 03:46 PM


The CA PPM Practitioners have spoken, and CA has been listening! The latest CA PPM release (15.2) is now public. This blog series is our first look into the solution’s enhancements and how they help us deliver desirable value outcomes to our organizations. Other blogs in this series include:

  • Enhanced Time and Work Transparency
  • Reinventing Resource Management
  • CA PPM and Agile Central Better Together


Check them out here.


This post focuses on adaptive project management and conversations, some very exciting features that enable teams to communicate more effectively! Our key topics are below:

  • Enhanced conversations
  • @mention Notifications
  • “My Tasks” filter
  • PDF Status Report Generation (introduced in
  • Document Management


Throughout the following screen shots, we will review updates within CA PPM that allows us to focus on our teams and what matters most – the delivery of work. In addition, it is mobile by nature. We can open this on smart devices and can scroll through sections to get the information we need.


Traditional PPM solutions have required significant training which extends our time to productivity.  CA has transformed an on-boarding process that might have taken days or weeks, and gotten users productive in minutes.  This is an immediate ROI and we haven’t even left the first screen:



When we click into a project, governed by security, we can see key project activities, including conversations, tasks, status and documents. Also, just as the previous release, the capability function icons are on the left-hand bar, including toggling back to “Classic PPM” and a ribbon on top with effort spent, budget spent and finish date. In addition, key milestones are displayed.



One of the most exciting features is conversations. Within our project team, we can have discussion treads, leveraging @mentions and notifications. Resource lookups are also available here.



Upon creating content, we can edit and delete.



In addition to the conversations wall, we are notified in the top right and can scroll all mentions and discussions that we are a part of.



We can click into the notification for more detail and actions.



These notifications are also listed in the “Classic PPM” view, so even if we are not actively using the new user experience, we are still able to stay abreast of the activity.



The next section is tasks; where we can filter, add, assign resources and manage project tasks.



The status section further enhances the previous version with the ability to preview current reports.



This preview enables us to view the pre-published version, as well as download and print to PDF.



Last but certainly not least is the documents. This simplified user experience allows project teams to search, add, modify, download, delete and tag documents within a simple folder structure.



The visual folder structure is another way to navigate to the contents.



For readers interested in more detail, check out DocOps and my Blog SeriesI encourage you to participate in the best-in-class CA Communities site, where we have access to our peers, events and support. You can also reach out to CA Services for individualized business outcome references and analysis. Feel free to post in the comments section of this blog or contact me directly via email and @PPMWarrior.

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