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April 29, 2017


In this article, we’ll cover how to Create Collectors, Gather Data, Monitor Responses and Perform Analysis.
If you prefer to watch video, the following 2min screencast provides a brief description of the main Comparative Agility features. If you are new to Comparative Agility - we highly recommend watching it. Link to video:


Before you can perform any of the tasks below, you will need to open up a Comparative Agility account.


Step 1 — Create Collectors

A Collector is a basic building block of Comparative Agility and is captured at the team level. This is the lowest level of data captured in Comparative Agility; you can therefore quickly aggregate Collectors to perform analysis at the Program, Business Unit level and so on.

step 1 In this example, we'll create a simple hierarchical structure, based on a functional department:
R&D Department
- Team 1
- Team 2
- Team 3

In this case, the R&D Department is a "Parent" collector which contains three "Child" collectors.

Note: You can setup Comparative Agility to reflect the structure that best fits your unique organizational context. There is no limit to the number of layers you can create.

Step 2 — Collect Team Input

To gather user data, you need to distribute the unique Collector URL to the respective members of the team. Team members will open the URL, respond to the survey and the data will be associated with the corresponding Team. Collecting the data by Team will enable you to perform a variety of analyses later. step 2

In this example, we will share the Collector URL of the Team 1 by:
1. Coping the unique Collector URL to the clipboard.
2. Sharing the Collector URL using your preferred method.

Note: You can share the unique Collector through whatever communication tools your organization uses. Distributing the URL through an IM client, a collaboration platform or CMS is fine – the key is that each team gets to respond to its unique URL.

Step 3 — Monitor Number of Responses

Creating the Collectors and distributing the unique URL to each respective team is done – now we need to ensure we collect enough data to perform a meaningful analysis. Since the quality of your analysis relies on a robust number of responses, step 3 we recommend that at least 50% of each team’s members respond to the survey before performing analysis.

In this case, we can see that only 3 people from the Team 1 have responded to the survey. Given that there are 8 members of the team, we recommend sending out a friendly reminder to the team so that people who have forgotten to respond can do so.

You can easily see how many people have responded to a given Collector by looking at the number immediately following the Collector Name.

Step 4 — Perform Analysis

step 4 When you have captured an appropriate number of responses, you’re ready to Perform Analysis.

In our case, we will compare the Team 1 against the CA Word Index.
To run a report for the Team 1, we:
1. Go to the Perform Analysis tab
2. Select the Team 1 Collector on left side and CA World Index on right site
3. Type meaningful name for the report (for instance, "Team 1 vs CA World Index") and then click on Generate Report.
After a few seconds of processing, the report will open in a separate tab.

Note: Depending on your data collection strategy, there is a near limitless number of analyses you can run.

Where to Go From Here

You should now have a general idea how to use main Comparative Agility functionality. For more specific information about how to manage collectors and perform analysis, check out the guides below:
Manage Collectors
Preform Analysis