Pivotal Tracker

Pivotal Tracker

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What is Pivotal Tracker?

Pivotal Tracker is a project management program primarily for software developers. It is built from the ground up to facilitate the agile development cycle, and is optimized for structuring projects in sprints, or “stories.” The solution is now owned and supported by VMware, and is part of the…

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What is Pivotal Tracker?

Pivotal Tracker is an agile project management program primarily for software developers. The software organizes projects into “stories,” the goal being to maintain momentum within and between “sprints” of a project within an agile development style. Pivotal Tracker is built to support the Agile development cycle from the ground up, enabling mid-project analysis and feedback based on current progress and development speeds. It also provides a shared priority system so everyone on a given project has visibility on progress and team members’ statuses. It also includes file sharing, project obstacle visibility, and a REST API for customizable integrations.

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Pivotal Tracker is a project management program primarily for software developers. It is built from the ground up to facilitate the agile development cycle, and is optimized for structuring projects in sprints, or “stories.” The solution is now owned and supported by VMware, and is part of the Pivotal / Tanzu product line up.

Jira Software and Asana are common alternatives for Pivotal Tracker.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.

The most common users of Pivotal Tracker are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Computer Software industry.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Jira is very user friendly. It's ideal for people new to the software development lifecycle and the tracking of the work. They have simply nailed the intuitiveness. Pivotal Tracker might be the better long-term tool because of the flexibility that comes with it. But as mentioned, the learning curve is very steep for Pivotal Tracker.
Angela Goldsmith, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I have used a number of systems like Pivotal Tracker over the last 15 years. I have had several occasions to use Wrike separate from and alongside Pivotal Tracker. Wrike was more difficult to use and seems to either be locked down by permissions, so I had to "fight" to do my job, or wide open. Pivotal Tracker is easy to give the "Goldielocks" amount of permissions so people can just do their jobs, me included.
Score 9 out of 10
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The only thing that PT compares to is Salesforce and we now utilize both platforms - Salesforce is a bit more organized in its automated task flow and allows us to connect our other platforms to it for efficient data transfer and data consistency.
Brad Henderson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I haven't used dev-specific tools other than Pivotal Tracker but it's useful because it is built for a specific use case. The simplicity of an Asana or Trello is great and they have their advantages, but the additional functionality mentioned was worthwhile and a compelling enough reason for us to use Pivotal Tracker.
Score 7 out of 10
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It's not necessarily a matter of better vs. worse when it comes to all of these different tools. They all serve a different purpose to different sized teams. I found Pivotal Tracker and monday.com to be a matter of preference while serving a similar purpose. Good for smaller teams. monday.com definitely allows for more flexibility with layout. JIRA is a must once you scale. Trello is good for self-management for 2-3 person teams.
Score 10 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker keeps users 'close' to the software project(s) by allowing users to understand, in plain words, the tasks and expectations of each software release, whereas other tools are either way too close to the source code or require an extensive amount of maintenance. Pivotal Tracker makes it easy to create 'stories' about the features, bugs, or chores that need to be done using language that anyone (developers, pm's, stakeholders, etc.) can understand but allows developers to tie into their code via integrations that facilitate 'marrying' the stories into the code directly, which is something that you can't easily find in other tools.
Score 8 out of 10
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JIRA allows teams to tailor the application workflow to meet their needs, while "opinionated" Pivotal Tracker enforces a consistent workflow approach on all team members. While I, personally, may prefer to have a system configured to my particular habits and desires as a technical project manager, our department experiences a regular turnover in both development staff and product customers (as is expected in a higher education software shop that relies on student assistant developers). Therefore, Pivotal Tracker's "one true way" is the better option to ensure consistency and quality across our various projects.
Willian Molinari | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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We selected Pivotal Tracker because it is highly opinionated about the process. It worked quite well for what we were expecting from it. Other software we tried were much more flexible, so we could implement our own process there.
Score 8 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker, Asana and Trello all have free versions making them ideal for smaller companies to try out. All of them blast Kannan boards and issue tracking capabilities. While Trello and Asana are great products in themselves, Pivotal Tracker edges them out with its wealth of features including trackability of epics, burndowns, better reporting, and analytics. JIRA, on the other hand, is way more customizable, has more reporting capabilities and more features than Pivotal Tracker but is more expensive too. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you're looking for in an agile project management tool as well as how much you're willing to pay for it.
Craig Comperatore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We selected Pivotal Tracker because of its simple, elegant workflow. This is the ideal; it's where we want to be. So we continue to improve, and as we get better, we get more out of the software.

The other software products we evaluated were too complex, and we found that allowing us to design our own workflow was not a good idea. That allowed us to get comfortable and engrain our bad habits. We like that Pivotal Tracker forces us to be better.


Brian Dunk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We have had employees in the past look at Drupal, and other open source project management tools to assist in our needs. Unfortunately each solution took too much time to implement, design and configure that we could not stop the work we were doing for clients to complete a full set up of a project tracker. Thankfully Pivotal is a predefined solution with no configuration needed. Simply input your projects, design your Stories with Tasks and begin your tracking.
January 17, 2018

Fun Scrum Software

Jeffrey Schneider | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We were using JIRA and found it lacking in their UI and some of their services, especially communication. PT communicates much easier with simple links to tasks for execution and QA review.

Basecamp is just really a super note taking and asset depot. I would not consider true software for scrum and agile development.
Kyle Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Compared to other task management tools, Pivotal Tracker has the best blend of functionality and cost. When you need something simpler than JIRA, and not solely focused on code or UI related tasks like BugHerd, and have a more direct approach to completing tasks than Trello - I would recommend Pivotal Tracker.
Score 9 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker, for better or worse, provides a more structured and rigid workflow than most. That makes it easy to get started, but if you have your own workflow you want to integrate into it, it could mean it'll take longer to get used to or customize. It's still more customizable than BugHerd, though. Trello and Clubhouse offer more of a card-based Kanban-style view, and seem to offer more customization options to create your own workflow, but at the expense of actually having to define and customize that workflow rather than just using the system out of the box.
Score 8 out of 10
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Our organization actually does not exclusively use Pivotal. We also have teams on solutions like Trello and LeanKit. It's all preference, those who buy into all the agile features that pivotal provides, love it. Those who do not need all the overhead, simply use a different solution as their primary work log. However, every team still has a pivotal tracker as we use it as our primary system of record for audit history.
Score 9 out of 10
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I used to be a huge JIRA fan, until I realized how much time I was spending fixing complicated custom workflows and statuses. I spend almost no time administering Pivotal Tracking. And it turns out, those complicated, custom workflows weren't helping us anyway.
Wesley Wong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Rally is too complicated - there are far too many fields that all have the same meaning. It's a better agile tool in my opinion since it it was designed purely as an agile tool, but since the CA technologies acquisition, the tool has become more complicated and there are far too many features. Pivotal is great for startups and smaller companies whereas Rally I feel would be better fit for larger more rigid organizations like AIG.
Andrew Barnett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Compared to Rally the tool seems more accessible because or the suite of apps available. It also feels more polished and stable than Rally. It definitely has more tools and features but again it can be overkill for a smaller team or project.
Score 9 out of 10
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I have also used Trello and JIRA. A small company with only a couple of projects may be best suited with Trello due to its cost and simplicity, whereas JIRA may be better suited for a large company that can afford a dedicated JIRA manager, due to its complex configurations and integrations. Pivotal Tracker was perfect for us (a company of 30 - 50 people).
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