It is not very often that I am blown away by software to an (tech)emotional level. Today I was blown away. I honestly believe Pivotal Tracker could change the way I view product development from now on.
I have even pitched this same type of idea to a business partners before: ticket items based on value-added to the business. Finally, a tracking system that works like this.
Here’s 10 reasons I think Pivotal Track is amazing.
10 Reasons I am Blown Away By Pivotal Tracker
- Creates charts of time line / deadline against amount of work yet to accomplish.
Look at how huge this is.. if your manager wants to hit the deadline, he/she has to remove “points”, or feature requests and slide them to a new release. There is only so much you can get done in a given time period, and Pivotal Tracker makes that clear.
- Centered around value-added to the business. Amount of value added in a iteration (week) is the velocity.
- Each new feature is assigned a point value depending on how difficult it is to implement.
- Project’s velocity is based on how many points you accomplish in an iteration (week).
- Chores and bugs are viewed as necessary overhead, but do not add value to the business so they do not contribute to a project’s velocity.
- There is only so much you can get done in a week, realistically. Pivotal Tracker knows this and pushes new items to the backlog, showing management a good idea of what is realistic.
- Team strength adjusts the amount of points able to accomplish in a given week.
Here the client was able to accomplish 9 points in a given week typically. Upon adding me, they adjusted team strength to 175%, allowing for 16 points worth of features to be shown in the weekly cycle. All features above 16 are scheduled for following weeks.
- The server is polled periodically, allowing you to see changes your team makes without reloading the page.
- Sortable, drag and drop prioritization of tickets.
- Clicking, “start” shows that you are working on a particular bug, avoiding team overlap.
- Make your project private or public.
- Customizable view-panes and clone existing view panes.
- Comment and attach files to tickets (stories).
I’ve always wanted a tracking system that demonstrates the value that I am adding to the business when adding features. Pivotal Tracker does this for me. its feature set is just enough to add to your experience with the tool and not over-complicate things.
Go use it now.