Ronan Dunlop

Introducing Epics: They’re Like Stories, but Bigger


We’re proud to introduce a brand new feature to Pivotal Tracker: epics.

Epics are a powerful management tool providing teams with big-picture detail. It sounds like an oxymoron, but that’s what epics offer—the ability to zoom out and zoom in at the same time.

Now you can group dozens of stories into a bucket that represents a significant feature. Epics can hold digital assets, such as requirement docs and mock-ups, as well as high-level discussions. You can also prioritize epics and at a glance know the status of the stories within each epic.

We’ve been in beta for a few months now and we’d like to thank everyone who volunteered to test-drive this feature while it was being built. Here are some of the things these courageous people have shared with us:

  • “It’s now much easier to coordinate people working on multiple goals at the same time.” —Tikitu at Buzzcapture
  • “We love the ability to radiate progress information and the ability to maintain a focused conversation on it.” —Diogo at Sport Science School of Rio Maior, Portugal
  • “It is quite helpful in making it easier to see what’s being worked on.”
    —Frank at Disney

We hope you enjoy epics. You can find more detailed information on our FAQ, Getting Started document, or our short screencast.

We look forward to hearing from you on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.

Warm regards,

The Tracker Team

P.S., The shortcut key for epics is Shift + E (you can find all the shortcut keys at Shift + ?).