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ActiveCollab

18 Ratings

Pivotal Tracker

54 Ratings

ActiveCollab

18 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy.2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote.4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page.5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etcScenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that.2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing3) It did not work well for larger teams4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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Pivotal Tracker

Pivotal Tracker is based on the XP (eXtreme Programming) philosophy & best practices. If your team is following this methodology, or working towards those best practices, Pivotal Tracker is a dream to work with. However, if your team is following a "less-than-ideal" workflow, you may find Pivotal Tracker challenging. It does not easily allow you to modify the workflow, and the reports assume you are following those best practices.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.4
Pivotal Tracker
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Pivotal Tracker
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Pivotal Tracker
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Pivotal Tracker
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Pivotal Tracker
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Pivotal Tracker
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Pivotal Tracker
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Pivotal Tracker
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Pivotal Tracker
Document Management
ActiveCollab
8.9
Pivotal Tracker
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Pivotal Tracker
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Pivotal Tracker
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Pivotal Tracker
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Pivotal Tracker
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.1
Pivotal Tracker

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.3
Pivotal Tracker
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.8
Pivotal Tracker
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.6
Pivotal Tracker
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Pivotal Tracker
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.1
Pivotal Tracker

Pros

  • Project Management - Makes it very efficient to manage projects using Gantt Charts, daily email reports and custom reports!
  • Collaboration - Allows to collaborate with team members, tag them in tasks, send files/attachments.
  • Task delegation - With just 2 clicks you can delegate tasks to other team members/users.
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  • Pivotal Tracker helps our team visualize our projects in the form of stories (virtual cards) moving through our workflow. This encourages us to break down projects into manageable chunks and have important conversations about deliverables and scope.
  • The forced-prioritization allows our team to have a shared understanding about what is most important and make collective decisions about what our team will work on next.
  • By dividing future iterations by our team's velocity, Pivotal Tracker accurately predicts when we will complete future work.
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Cons

  • Search functionality - The search functionality is not so promising and I'm unable to find the tasks/items that I need even though I use the keywords that are in the ticket/comments -- Definitely something that needs to be improved.
  • No snooze functionality for tasks - If you work on multiple projects and deal with large number of tasks/tickets then things can get messy in your "workspace." An easy feature that can resolve this is to add snooze functionality. That way users can snooze tasks and optimize their workspace until when they really need to work on the task.
  • No ability to color code tasks - I'm a visual person and deal with a large number of tasks on ActiveCollab. Seeing my huge pile of tasks in the same color makes me lose track of things and slows me down. It would be very helpful for me if task color coding was added to Active Collab -- I'm sure there are others out there who benefit from this feature, too!
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  • Used to have a newsfeed-type feature with all the updates from the previous day. They removed it. I liked getting a snapchat of what changed from before.
  • When signing up for email alerts, can be inundated with emails for every change to the status of a story.
  • Communication on stories through the comment section can be a little difficult, and not very organized.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Pivotal Tracker10.0
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I love the simplicity, non-configurability, and price/performance of this tool. Hands down my favorite project management tool for agile.
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Support

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Pivotal Tracker10.0
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Super fast turn around time
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Alternatives Considered

I have used multiple project management platforms such as ActiveCollab, JIRA, Trello, etc. Trello has great visualization with their (Kanban Board) board system and support drag and drop functionality for managing tasks. ActiveCollab, however, does not have the fancy visualization, but is very powerful when it comes to ticketing, task management, task delegation, time tracking, etc.
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Overall I have found that I prefer using Pivotal over all the competitors I've tried. There are certain aspects of the other products which I do like but as a whole Pivotal does a better job. My one request is that I feel it is very much a web app and the other products have more solid mobile applications. Pivotal has sold me as my primary option due to its web portal but I would love to see a better mobile application
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Return on Investment

  • We began to finish projects on time, which undoubtedly will influence the return of customers
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  • Overall it was extremely positive, as it was a simple-to-use tool that helped us move from waterfall to agile. Since it was so easy to use, the training associated with it was negligible.
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Pricing Details

ActiveCollab

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
ActiveCollab Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab
On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan
$9991
1. license
SaaS Edition
5
$251
30
$992
60
$1993
Infinte
$2994
15
$495
1. 5 members per month
2. 30 members per month
3. 60 members per month
4. Infinite members per month
5. 15 members per month
Additional Pricing Details

Pivotal Tracker

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Pivotal Tracker Editions & Modules
Pivotal Tracker
Additional Pricing Details