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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Deployment TypesSaaS
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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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The UI of the Pivotal tracker is really beautiful and amazing, which looks trivial, but we have it open all the time, so it's nice for us. In Pivotal tracker for me its very Easy to create tasks or stories anytime without facing any problems. Pivotal tracker provides us a ton of features to track the tasks and manage a team and the projects. Pivotal tracker allows for a entire team to be on the same page of the tool in regards to where is the project right now, right status of every task, what is being worked on and by whom.
Score 8 out of 10
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Medium to small teams - this is a great tool. I'm not sure about large teams because the Project History column would be so filled with information it might be hard to figure out what's going on/what updates have been made. But for Medium-Small teams this is ideal because of the detail laid out in the project history column.
Angela Goldsmith, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is extremely easy to use. New users are able to learn the system and start using it on the same day. I could not manage the number of projects here without this system that gives me a great view of what is happening in each project. Features, chores (maintenance type tasks), and bugs are clearly identified so I can work with Product Owners to prioritize the work according to internal and external customer needs.
Brad Henderson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is great for software development teams. Approvals are pretty sleek which allows for back and forth between developers and the QA process if there are bugs or the product isn't being built up to specs. It's less useful as a general project management software but they're pretty clear on their website that it is geared towards software development teams.
Score 7 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is best suited for a smaller team (JIRA becomes more necessary as your company scales). It is best for engineering bugs, tasks, and backlogged items for the engineering team. Also good to connect to your Slack channel for team visibility. I also found it helpful that you have flexibility with the sub-sections you can create within Pivotal Tracker.
Score 10 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is well suited for companies that manage multiple software projects with onshore and even offshore teams. More specifically, it's appropriate for teams that use an agile or pseudo-agile project methodology. Pivotal Tracker is not so well suited for software projects that follow a waterfall or other form of project methodology.
Score 8 out of 10
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Pivotal tracker is a great fit for organizations managing multiple projects as it's straightforward to manage various team members and roles across multiple projects. Setting aside the application's opinionated nature, it's got comprehensive support for agile methodologies baked in, making it a compelling choice for Scrums and other agile approaches.

Pivotal Tracker is probably overkill for colocated single project team environments, as an actual Scrum room with a dedicated physical tasks board may be more cost-effective, and is certainly easier to explain to newcomers.
Willian Molinari | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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If you have a team that has almost no process and wants to start doing something, Pivotal Tracker may help you with that. You first need to check the process the tool proposes (mostly scrum) and decides if it's what you want or not. If you think it's exactly what you need, start with Pivotal Tracker because it will enforce a lot of things to your sprints.
Score 8 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is a great value for the money. If you're strapped for cash and have to work with smaller budgets, this is the right app for you. The support team is great and responsive and the product is easy to pick up and use for your team. It's great to have visibility on your product backlog.
Chris Barretto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I believe Pivotal Tracker is well-suited for any project, large or small. It scales up for large companies with many users, or can cater to a single user with a personal project. On a fundamental scale, it is a great platform to just get all you ideas out on paper. Large stories can be broken down into smaller ones, and it gives good insight on what is nice-to-have vs imperative.
Craig Comperatore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Sergio Iacobucci | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I think PT would be great if your team religiously stuck to sprints however we are more fluid than that and so I think some of the features do not make a difference to us.

Out of all the tools I have seen I do think it is the best for managing sprints however it is not a good external facing roadmap. However, I do not think it is trying to be that.
Brian Dunk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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When working with a new team member, some of the first questions we are always asked is "What can I do next?" with the use of this tool, we have our new tech hires review pivotal for all outstanding work; assign to them what they believe they can handle and make an attempt. This has let us known what is being worked on and where difficulties and training is needed within our organization.
Score 9 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is best suited for software development projects. If your process roughly fits in with how Pivotal Tracker works, I highly recommend giving it a try! If you need a very custom workflow or prefer a card-based view, another tool might be better suited for you.
Score 8 out of 10
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It makes sense for our business as a SAAS company with a multitude of features, bugs, clients, and stakeholders. Plus it's priced reasonably and fairly simple to use so adoption is high. I would think the product is perfect for most tech startups, most software dev firms, and probably a broad array of other dev-focused companies. Companies with a generally agile or other modern approach to project management may also find it useful even if they don't use software, although a more classic Kanban or to-do-list style program may be more useful in those cases.
Score 8 out of 10
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In general, pivotal tracker is a good solution for agile development, if you buy into all the features that it's trying to promote (like velocity). The different labels you are able to add is good as well, allowing things to progress through states from start to delivery. However, if you are looking for a more simple, lightweight solution, there are better solutions out there.
Wesley Wong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pivotal is great for small to medium businesses tracking for a specific functional business area. It starts to become harder to use with groups larger than 75 people and across various disciplines. We've tried syncing Pivotal Trackers for different areas of the business but it does seem better suited for an engineering and development workflow.
Score 9 out of 10
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Pivotal Tracker is a perfect tool for an organization of about 50-100 people. It's simple and easy to understand. However, when working for larger organizations, I found other tools to be more useful, especially in terms of reporting, which is something that our stakeholders are more interested in seeing - numbers.
Score 9 out of 10
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Good for tracking product builds and releases. Good at tracking bugs and fixes. Less useful for tracking design or the product lifecycle of tasks from ideation to spec to design to build. Only good at the build portion. Not helpful with timelining.
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