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Author: Steve Lichtenstein

Steve Lichtenstein
Updates

Android v1.2.2—Now with Blockers

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As we approach the second birthday of the Tracker Android app—we can still remember when it was just a burping alpha—it’s worth noting how much it continues to improve. On that point, the latest update includes even more functionality that brings the Android of our eye more in line with the Tracker web app. Version 1.2.2 is available now—go get it! Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Productivity

Lesser-Known Search Functions

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When last we left our maiden voyage through lesser-known-but-crucial features of Tracker, we explored ways to make panels do your bidding. On this journey, we’ll examine the very nature of exploration itself—the search. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Product Stack Denver—Panel

As promised, here is video of the panel discussion from our Product Stack event in Denver last week, emceed by Jay Zeschin, and featuring Jim Semick of ProductPlan, Dan Podsedly of Tracker, Jess Sherlock of GoSpotCheck, Aaron Duke of CirrusMD, and Kevin Steigerwald of Notion. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Product Stack Denver—Keynote

Our first Product Stack event in Denver was a huge success! A large crowd of PMs and the PM-curious came out for a keynote from Jay Zeschin, CTO of Ello, as well as the full panel discussion. (There may have been some mingling and boozing as well; unconfirmed.) Here’s the full video of Jay’s talk about inflection points. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Product Stack Denver—An Event for PMs

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We’re bringing the Product Stack to the mile-high city on May 2! Don’t miss this exciting product management event! The Product Stack is a coalition of product manager allies—from ProductPlan, Pivotal Tracker, and Notion—focused on helping PMs build customer-centric products through successful product planning, more efficient sprint execution, and clearer insight into the metrics that matter most. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Case Study: 729 Solutions

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729 Solutions originally began as a digital agency in the dot-com years, but under President and CEO/CTO Rob Fife, it’s morphed into a boutique agile shop that provides front-end UX/design and backend help to startups and Fortune 500 companies. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Product Stack LA: Panel Discussion

Last week, we shared an interview with Tracker’s GM, Dan Podsedly, at the inaugural Product Stack product manager event in Los Angeles. As promised, here is the full panel discussion from that night, hosted by Suzanne Abate of the podcast 100 PMs, and featuring ProductPlan’s Greg Goodman and Laure Parsons of Notion. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Case Study: Guild Education

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From their offices in Denver, CO, Guild Education partners with companies nationwide to expand the educational opportunities offered as part of their benefits package. Working with nonprofit universities that specialize in supporting working adults, Guild offers classes, programs, and degrees intended to help employees grow in their career. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

Case Study: SenseGrow

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Since 2014, SenseGrow has been providing software that allows their customers to connect their products to the Internet of Things. We spoke with Co-Founder and CEO Atindra Chandel about productivity, shaping agile processes to work best for his team, and their evaluation matrix. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Integrations

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...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

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...

Steve Lichtenstein
Community

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...

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Community

Case Study: Whole Whale

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After spending his earlier years working client-side at nonprofits, George Weiner decided that he wanted to direct his time and talent toward helping nonprofits make the best use of technology to better achieve their aims. That led to the creation of Whole Whale. 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...

Steve Lichtenstein
Updates

Saved Search Improvements and Search Sharing

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The new year is a good time to take stock of where you are, identify any issues holding you back, and make the necessary changes. To that end, we’ve made dotted lines with a Sharpie around minor problem areas in our interface and tightened them up to make them glow brighter than ever. 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...

Steve Lichtenstein
Productivity

Guidelines for Agile Development Using Tracker

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When you’re bogged down working on your day-to-day chores and features, it can be tough to stay focused on the broader goal of smooth agile development. And while we don’t pretend that we have all the solutions, Tracker is, after all, designed to facilitate precisely that goal. Luckily, the time we’ve spent getting deep down and dirty with Tracker has allowed us to suss out the better agile practices from the. . .less better ones. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Integrations

How to Use Zapier to Integrate Pivotal Tracker with GitHub, Trello, Harvest, and More

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On its own, Pivotal Tracker is a robust tool for collaboration and planning. When it has the opportunity to play well with other apps, however, it can really shine. Our friends at Zapier have made that linking process easy by putting together the definitive guide for integrating Pivotal Tracker with a variety of useful apps to create an even more powerful ecosystem. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Updates

Android Version 0.8—Now with More Stories!

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Back in July, on these very Interweb pages, we discussed the release of the Tracker Android Alpha. We explained our reasoning for putting out a less-than-fully-featured app, as well as—framed by a certain Talking Heads song reference—what the road map looked like for subsequent versions. At this point, get your camera and passport ready, because we’re ready to make the next stop on our journey: version 0.8 of the Android Alpha. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Updates

We’re on a Road to Somewhere—An Android App!

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There are all sorts of universal truisms in life: the lure of the cold side of the pillow, the joy of an empty airplane row, the need to release your product’s app on both the iOS and Android platforms. On this last point, Tracker has succeeded at the iOS half of the equation, but lagged behind on the Android front. No longer! We’ve heard (and sympathized with) you, Android users, and we’re pleased to finally release our Android Alpha into the Google Play wild. Read more...

Steve Lichtenstein
Updates

New Feature: Preventing Accidental Story Deletions

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Throughout the course of history, humanity has learned to develop new and improved ways to correct or mitigate its mistakes. In 1770, the first widely available rubber eraser replaced the use of crustless bread to get rid of errant marks. In 1942, an Iowan farmer became the first person to exclaim “Argh! Do-over!” after mistakenly plowing over his recently planted crops [citation needed]. And now, continuing in that great tradition, Pivotal Tracker is introducing a new feature intended to prevent accidental multiple story deletion. Read more...