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Category: Productivity (66 posts) Page 1 of 7

Sasha Heinen
Productivity

Re-Engineering the Pivotal Tracker Android App

On the Tracker team, “rewrite” has come to be a dirty word. With a legacy system that entails as many features as we offer, building from the ground up always takes 4x longer than expected. However, sometimes a codebase reaches a state where it’s the only option, and about a year ago the Tracker Android app and productivity had ground to a halt. Read more...

Jeff Schomay
Productivity

Using Elm in Production at Pivotal Tracker

Here at Pivotal Tracker, we have a large product with many pieces in many different tech stacks—some are in Rails RJS, some are plain jQuery, a lot is Backbone, and some is React. We experimented with Redux for a while, and though the architecture was good, it added too much complexity, especially when we tried to integrate it with the existing Backbone code. Read more...

Jim Semick
Productivity

Tying Roadmap Strategy to Agile Planning

Are you focusing on the backlog but missing the big picture? In this article, I’ll talk about how to prioritize your roadmap, give you techniques for ordering your backlog, and show you how to tie your strategy to your agile planning. Read more...

Drew McKinney
Productivity

Velocity is a Measure of Pace, Not Productivity

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...

Lisa Crispin
Productivity

Tracker and Cross-Functional Teams: Where Do You Fit In?

It takes a village to deliver a great software project. Tracker’s workflow accommodates a developer’s perspective well, but there can be many actors involved in delivering a feature. You’ll use Tracker differently and get different benefits depending on your role and competencies. For example, if you’re a UX designer or a business analyst, where do your activities fit in Tracker? You might have multiple roles and competencies; for example, maybe you’re a developer who also does design and/or testing. Let’s look at how you can use Tracker to keep your work visible and coordinate a variety of activities on a cross-functional team that’s collaborating to build a quality product. Read more...

Freyja Spaven
Productivity

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
Productivity

Help is Here!

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...