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Poornima Vijayashanker
BuildTV

Why Bosses and Employees Should Practice Radical Candor

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a boss you just didn’t quite get along with. Both of mine are reaching for the stars. ;) I always thought it was just me…until one day I met up with a previous boss I had, who saw all the work I had done since leaving the company and told me, “Wow, we were really holding you back!” That statement was vindicating. Read more...

Matt Heidemann
Updates

Collapsed Commits

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Commit activity on a story can sometimes take over the conversation and make the activity stream unwieldy. No one likes to sift through seemingly endless commits to find what they need. Read more...

Dan Podsedly
Updates

Pivotal Tracker Analytics: Now Out of Beta!

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It’s official! Pivotal Tracker’s new project Analytics features are now out of beta! As thousands of you have already discovered, Analytics bring a new level of visibility to your project and allows you to easily uncover bottlenecks and continuously improve your team’s performance. It’s a collection of simple but powerful reports that give insight into your project’s cadence, including fluctuations over time. You get a high-level view of progress, and the power to easily drill down into details. Read more...

Ryan Jones
Productivity

Principles of Effective Story Writing: The Pivotal Labs Way

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Different teams across projects and companies have different styles of story writing. Ultimately, it is up to you and the team to figure out what is most effective given the goals and context of the project. However, the core principles that guide our story writing here at Pivotal Labs can be used regardless of style or variation in either process or syntax. While the differing views on the “best way” to write stories can make it difficult to determine the most effective approach, there are a few core principles that guide our story writing. In this post, we’ll explore the three most common types of stories that you can create in Pivotal Tracker and the core principles that inform how we write stories. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Case Study: Notion

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For Kevin Steigerwald, co-founder and CPO of Notion, leaving behind the advertising world in Chicago for a relocation to Portland meant not only a change of scenery—it also meant going from pen and paper to keyboards, billboards to product development, and getting familiar with farm equipment. “The first product I did was essentially eBay for tractors; it was combines and farm equipment and all that type of stuff that customers would list and sell online.” Read more...

Lisa Crispin
Productivity

A Day in the Life: Testing on the Tracker Team

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The Tracker team as a whole takes responsibility for building in quality and making sure that necessary testing activities are done along with other development tasks. But we testers bring our own special value to the party, and we’re seeking another great tester to help us as we work to deliver the best possible product to our customers. Let’s walk you through a typical day of testing on the Tracker team. Read more...

Poornima Vijayashanker
BuildTV

The Challenges Immigrant Tech Entrepreneurs Face

Welcome to a brand-new season of FemgineerTV! We’ve got some great guests lined up for you this season, and we’ll be tackling some tough topics related to startups, design, engineering, product development, and leadership. To kick the season off, we’re going to be tackling one of the toughest topics that not a lot of people talk about: The Challenges Immigrant Tech Entrepreneurs Face. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Case Study: Humana

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Humana knows a thing or two about transformation. From its inception in 1961 as a nursing home company, through its period owning and running hospitals in the seventies and early eighties, the company founded by David Jones and Wendell Cherry has made a habit of reinventing itself. Now they are in the midst of yet another reinvention—as a healthcare provider with a laser focus on their customers’ well-being. Read more...

Dan Podsedly
Updates

Tracker Analytics—Now in Public Beta!

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Tracker has always focused on facilitating collaboration and transparency at the story level, but it hasn’t always been easy to see the big picture or interesting/worrying trends in your projects. In other words, there are plentiful trees, but no forest. With our new Analytics beta, we’re ready to introduce the forest to the trees. This effort has largely been driven by your feedback, and our continuous desire to improve the Tracker experience for our customers, and it’s now ready for a test drive. Read more...

Dan Podsedly
Updates

Performance Improvements, New Features, and a Peek at the Road Ahead

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If you’re among the folks who have been wondering whether we’ve been trapped under a rock or lost the source code to Tracker, fear not! We are alive and well, and our coding fingers are in fine shape. Many of our efforts over the last few months have been focused on making Tracker rock-solid stable and secure, as well as iterating on brand-new features to improve the overall experience. But it’s one thing for us to say “We’ve been busy!” and hope you take our word for it; we thought it would be more useful to outline what we’ve been working on. Read more...