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Steve Lichtenstein

How to Integrate Kanban with Tracker

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Kanban boards are a popular development tool that allow teams to visualize their projects’ workflow, with the goal of making progress clear to team members and stakeholders alike. They also foster an environment of continual improvement, which is partly why many software delivery teams use Kanban to manage their product development. Tracker provides the flexibility to incorporate facets of that workflow through a number of settings tweaks (like changing the nature of point estimates or using labels and epics to mimic different story states). Read more...

Poornima Vijayashanker

How to Nurture a Team of Top Performers

Working on teams is great because we get to share our skill sets and learn from one another as we build. However, there are moments that prove to be challenging, like…when you think you’re in agreement with your team, get to work, then days later the decision gets shot down. All that wasted time, energy, and effort! Read more...

Kat Boogaard

Why Time Tracking is the Secret Sauce for Agile Teams

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When it comes to agile software development and time-tracking, people seem to fall into two totally different camps. There are those who view tracking time spent on project activities as absolutely crucial for being as effective and efficient as possible. And, the others? Well, they roll their eyes, call it a complete waste of time, and almost physically recoil at the thought of such a “Big Brother” concept. If you’re nodding your head and thinking that you belong in that first group, we wish we could shake your hand—hey, we’d even get matching t-shirts if you’re up for it. But, if you’re one of those skeptics in the second group? Well, we’re here to convince you of the magic that is time tracking in agile development. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein

Case Study: TINT

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With clients as diverse as Wimbledon, Krispy Kreme, and Bad Girls Club, TINT is reimagining how companies present their social media content. From their charming offices in San Francisco’s Mission district, we talked with CTO Nikhil Aitharaju about how the content-marketing platform got started, the evolution of social media, and getting their agile sea legs. Read more...

Matt Heidemann

State Previews on Story Links

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Story links provide a lightweight way of referencing a story in another story. Simply copy the story ID or story URL and paste it into a description, comment, or tasks. These story links now show you a visual preview of the story’s state. Read more...

Drew McKinney

Velocity is a Measure of Pace, Not Productivity

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When we first introduced Pivotal Tracker Analytics, we put a big Send us Feedback! button at the top of the screen. And to our delight, it worked! We received lots of feedback from customers all over the world. The requests were extremely varied, but one request we heard frequently stood out amongst all the others. With 22% of all customer requests, reporting on points completed (or velocity) per individual developer was by far the most requested feature. Read more...

Matt Heidemann

Updates to Sign In

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The Remember me option is gone, but you haven’t been forgotten… After you sign in, you will remain signed in when the browser restarts. You now need to explicitly sign out before closing your browser, to not be “remembered.” Also, after seven days of inactivity in Tracker, you will be automatically signed out. Read more...

Dan Podsedly

Reply to Comments with @ Mentions

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Last month, we made it so that clicking on a story comment notification (either in the app or in email) took you directly to the comment in which you’d been mentioned. “That’s great and all,” we hear you saying, “but replying to that comment can be a bit painful when you’re trying to keep everyone already @ mentioned in the conversation.” Fair point! Hold onto your horses, because now you can quickly reply to everyone who’s part of a comment thread with one click. Read more...

Poornima Vijayashanker

How to Prepare to Strike Out on Your Own and Pursue Your Creative Calling

Have you contemplated leaving the comforts of a company to strike out on your own to pursue a creative calling? Perhaps you have an idea for a product or service. While there’s a strong pull to pursue it, hesitation maybe holding you back. You’re worried about being good enough, attracting customers and clients, and how to make it all come together to find fulfillment, while at the same time tending to the practical side of things like paying the bills! Read more...

Freyja Spaven

Use Raygun and Pivotal Tracker Together for Better Project Management

Raygun pulls detailed diagnostics on any errors affecting your users right down to the line of code, and automatically allocates them to a team’s story inside Tracker. Discover errors well before your users experience them, and if errors do fall through the cracks, Raygun pulls the information on the users affected so you can swiftly and professionally send a follow-up email.  Read more...

Joanne Webb

Help is Here!

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We’ve always focused the bulk of our attention on making Tracker a straightforward—yet powerful—tool to help you deliver fine software. It’s grown into quite the precocious 10-year-old as a result though, and we felt it was about time to tackle Tracker’s 180 FAQ collection. We’ve revamped all of our help material and put it into one glorious, easily searchable spot. Here it is—the new Tracker Help Center. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein

Case Study: Off-Grid Electric

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The mission of Off-Grid Electric isn’t modest or obtuse. Simply put, they’re trying to power the underpowered world. Through a distributed solar model (based on next-generation lithium batteries), they are attempting to provide clean, affordable energy to homes off the electrical grid. While they are currently focused on Rwanda and Tanzania, they intend to light the whole world. We spoke with CIO Thor Muller about their logistics, challenges, and how Tracker helps with both. Read more...