What Pivotal Tracker stands for as an app is inextricably linked to how we at Pivotal Labs believe software should be developed. This belief is something that has been forged and hammered out over 25 years of hands on experience on hundreds of assignments.
To truly understand Tracker you need to appreciate how Labs does what is does. Onsi Fakhouri does a great job explaining just that. Here’s an excerpt from his blog post.
CRUNCH TIME by Onsi Fakhouri
“It comes up on almost every consulting project I’ve worked on as a pivot, but this particular conversation was memorable. I was surreptitiously ushered into a room by the product manager (PM). Once inside, he shut the door:
So, I know you guys don’t do crunch time… but we really need to ship by Monday.
I empathized with him, knowing that the pressure to hit the looming (and somewhat arbitrary) deadline was coming from upper management; and that a terrible gnawing fear was settilng in, threatening to drive all his decision-making.
But we don’t do crunch time.
At Labs our culture revolves around a handful of axioms. Perhaps chief among these is sustainability. It is because we value sustainability – seeing the developer and PM as real-life human beings with real needs and limitations – that we place a high emphasis on pairing, TDD and data-driven product management.
Let me explain.” read the full article here