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F. Morgan Whitney
News

Who Has Two Thumbs, Excels at Pair Programming, and Wants to Work with Us in Denver? Is it You?

Who Has Two Thumbs, Excels at Pair Programming, and Wants to Work with Us in Denver? Is it You? blog post featured image

At Pivotal Tracker, we’re trying to make life better for developers all over the world, one project at a time. Our philosophy is that a good tool helps you do your job and gets out of your way, allowing you to focus on what’s important. We’re looking for a few great engineers to join our team to work on improving the greatest agile communication tool around. If this sounds like something you can get behind, read on to learn about life on the Tracker team. Read more...

JoEllen Carter
Productivity

Workspaces FTW

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A workspace is a group of projects that you view all together on one page. Everything that you can do in an individual project—and then some—can be done in a workspace. You can estimate stories, plan iterations, attach documents, and accept or reject to your heart’s content. In addition to the basic stuff, workspaces give you some extra oomph to get through your day. On the Tracker team, we’ve been using workspaces for a while and now cannot imagine life without them. Here are a few ways we use workspaces every day. Read more...

Drew McKinney
Pivotal Tracker

How We Manage Design Work in Pivotal Tracker

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Long ago, way back in the early 2000s, Pivotal Labs was a growing Agile project management and engineering consultancy. Business was good, but organizing and visualizing project work was arduous. In response, Pivotal engineers created Pivotal Tracker, the project management tool we all know and love today. Read more...

Nathan Swain
Productivity

Working with Iterations in Tracker

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If you’re new to Tracker (or Agile in general), our methodology might seem a bit strange at first, especially when it comes to the behavior of Tracker’s iterations (i.e., sprints) and how your stories move through them. Hopefully this will serve to answer any questions related to this and get you on a path to tracking with confidence. Read more...

Poornima Vijayashanker
BuildTV

How to Build a Happy and Productive Remote Team

While most companies think of remote working as a cost-cutting option, Ben Congleton, the CEO and Founder of Olark, sees it differently. He and his 30+ person team, which spans San Francisco to Europe, see remote working as a positive investment. And not just the traditional benefits that most people think about, like reduced commute time and increased hours of productivity. No, Ben sees it as a golden opportunity to recruit the best talent from anywhere. Read more...

Dan Podsedly
News

New Year, New Tracker, New Pricing

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2015 is here, hopefully it’s off to a great start for you and your projects! It’s hard to believe, but Pivotal Tracker will be turning 10 this year. What started as an experimental internal tool at Pivotal Labs, a small consultancy in San Francisco at the time, grew into one of the world’s most popular agile project collaboration apps, bringing focus and transparency to thousands of teams around the world. Read more...

Dan Podsedly
Updates

New Pivotal Tracker UI and API V5 Now Out of Beta!

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There’s a fresh, newly redesigned Pivotal Tracker, with a ton of new features, optimized for growing teams. But you probably already know that, because most of you have been using it for months now! Thanks for all the great feedback, Tracker wouldn’t be what it is today without such a passionate and involved user community. Read more...

Joanne Webb
Updates

Google Drive and Sign-in Update

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Now you don’t even need to sign in with Google to add Drive files to your stories. Clicking the new Drive icon in an expanded story will either use the Google identity you are currently signed in with or prompt you to sign in to Google. Read more...

Joanne Webb
Updates

Attaching Google Docs for (Nearly) All!

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As promised, we’ve added to what you can do when you sign in to Tracker with Google. Now, you don’t have to integrate Tracker with your Google Apps domain to be able to attach your Google Drive files to stories, after you next sign in via Google. Read more...

Lisa Crispin
Productivity

The Wonders of Workspaces

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Visibility is a wonderful thing. Making your team’s work transparent lets every stakeholder judge current status and progress at a glance. This transparency also reveals impediments—is one story blocked by another? Is something holding up progress? Are some activities turning into bottlenecks? Seeing a snapshot of a team’s current status and progress is also a conversation starter: “I have a question about this story—oh, I see that Joe, Debbie, and Mary are all working on it, I will ask them.” Read more...

Dan Podsedly
News

Recent Tracker Outages and Planned Stability Improvements

Pivotal Tracker is a critical tool for thousands of teams, and providing a stable, reliable service is vitally important for us. Uptime is typically in the proverbial “three nines” (99.95% for the first half of the year), but in the last few weeks we’ve experienced a number of unexpected outages. The worst of which was yesterday, lasting almost two hours. This was disruptive to many of you, and we’d like to apologize. Read more...

Joanne Webb
Updates

Updated Dashboard, Now with Volatility!

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We’ve released the first of a couple of updates to the dashboard, aiming for a cleaner, clearer view of your projects. In this update, as well as a fresh new look, subscribing to RSS feeds has moved and there’s the addition of each project’s volatility. Read more...

Matt Heidemann
Updates

Introducing Annotations

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Say farewell to time spent writing a long comment describing where something is wrong. Gone are the days of seeing a comment and wondering, “What?! I don’t see it.” Here(!) are the days of taking a screenshot, dropping a pin on it and appending a note to succinctly and specifically say what you want to say. Read more...