Nivi · November 12th, 2008
“We are using Pivotal Tracker to manage all of our new web apps under development, this thing rocks.”
“It’s a relief to open Tracker at the start of the day and focus on the next most important task.”
No matter what you’re using for project management, take a close look at Pivotal Tracker. I’ve tried Bugzilla, Trac, Basecamp, FogBugz, Microsoft Project, and Lighthouse—and Tracker is the best for my needs. I’ve shown Tracker to many startups and many have made the switch.
10 reasons I like Tracker.
- It’s free.
- It’s hosted.
- It’s a joy to use. It’s the iPod of project management software. It’s all drag-and-drop and clickity-clack and it just works.
- It’s multi-user. Your co-founder in North Korea can make changes in Tracker and you will see them instantly. No page reloads.
- It’s for lean startups. The building block in Tracker is a story: an increment of customer value that you deliver with minimal waste.
- It’s about completing your next most important task—not maintaining mile-long to-do lists, Gantt charts, and lists of bugs.
- It’s transparent. Everybody on the team knows what everybody else is working on, their priorities, and their accomplishments.
- It’s in sync with reality. It doesn’t take time to keep your requirements and schedule in sync with reality, even if your business priorities change daily.
- It doesn’t do much. No, it doesn’t do dependencies and critical paths. It just keeps you focused on delivering value to customers.
- Bonus reason: Everything is on one page—there’s no need to navigate around (unlike other project management tools). More Gmail, less Hotmail.
If it isn’t clear by now, Tracker isn’t a bug manager posing as project management software.
If you’re already lean, Tracker is a no-brainer. If you’re not lean, Tracker is a good way to start getting lean.
What do other folks say about Tracker?
“I leave Tracker open all day. I use it for documenting, estimating and prioritizing things that need to be done. It’s a relief to open Tracker at the start of the day and focus on the next most important task. It keeps me from getting distracted and having too many things going at the same time. It also serves as documentation of what I’ve completed in the past—to show that I’m making good use of my time.”
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