Pivotal Tracker Reviews

Pivotal Tracker

Agile project management tool for developers

4.32/5 (109 reviews)

Pros
  • UI is pretty snappy and is reasonably good at updating without reloading. Story templates are nice, and the new code/qa review options are a nice move.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • I love how simple estimates are on stories, how it tracks velocity, how easy it is to use and it's a great price point for my business.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • Once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy to use; tasks just go in according to stack and it all makes sense. It has a good drag and drop ability which I find very useful.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
Cons
  • Its frustrating to only be able to add 3 columns to a project. It has forced us to do a lot of "hacky" customization to make it support our processes.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • The layout can feel congested. Organisation of work into projects is awkward if possible at all.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • Incredibly slow and laggy to the point of hurting team productivity.Ethan A.Read the full review
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Tigran Hambardzumyan

Pivotal Tracker Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-03-12
Review Source: Capterra

Overall this the best software for little teams and for startups to start flow from scratch.

Pros
Pivotal is one the simplest agile management tool I've used. The flow is simple there, Icebox , current iteration and done. and also states are simple started, finished, delivered and accepted. unlike Jira this more simple to use and has very humble UX for users. It has all major integration with github, slack so it's the best option for little projects and startups for managing software flow.

Cons
Using this already 4 years I could mention a little cons that I've remember. One of them that when you do update on story description it does not emit any notification, you should tag someone under comment section that description is updated please take a look ore something. Another thing the mobile app on old IOS version working very slow and sometimes crashes.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Alexis Dorn

Nice-looking app to help keep agile teams organized

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-22
Review Source: Capterra

Our team is able to stay on track with work in a sprint and spend less time chatting on Slack about story progress, and do all the communication within PivotalTracker. Overall, this has kept our team organized and accountable.

Pros
It has a really easy-to-use, friendly design that makes it simple to track progress of stories, keep things organized in projects and move items around when priorities shift. Stories provide a level of detail that helps keep teams aware of progress. They recently introduced customizable story templates, which have been great for making sure our bug tickets have the level of detail we expect on our team. I would highly recommend Pivotal Tracker for agile teams looking to keep organized.

Cons
I wish there was more customization in the app. Some of the stages of a story don't particularly fit within our team's workflow, and the agile approach of velocity and estimates don't currently apply to us, but seem to still determine where our stories fit in a sprint. It would also be nice if the app brought more of a product management approach into it's design - currently, our list just ends up looking like a large parking lot of features, and we end up doing a lot of dragging and dropping to put things in order. It would be great to show that these things are tied to particular product goals.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Lindsey Salls

Easy to Use for Small and Large Scale Projects!

Reviewed 2016-02-03
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
Pivotal Tracker is very easy to use, but you are able to get granular with projects if you need to. Basically, it works for small scale and large scale projects. The software is very organized which contributes to its ease of use. If you manage or create multiple projects with the same structure, team members, or stories, you are easily able to create a template that can be uploaded each time you create a new project. This greatly reduces the time it takes to setup projects within the software if your company manages a high volume of similar projects. The best aspect of the software is you are able to give point values to stories so you can track project velocity and estimate time until completion.

Cons
If you work on multiple projects at once, it can be difficult to view all stories you own across all projects. You will have to manual setup a multi-project workspace in order to see all stories that you own. If a new project gets created, you must manually add it to the workspace. This is the products biggest downfall in my opinion.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Connie Coover

Pivotal Tracker

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-03-30
Review Source: Capterra

This product saves time by allowing each person to be able to have a place to track work; and allows management to track work by department or application. It is a great product.

Pros
Pivotal allows us to create a story for a specific Fresh Desk ticket or just a stand alone story for specific projects, tasks, issues. You can add tasks for each pivotal story and check them off as completed. This helps our management be able to check on a particular story/ticket if a customer inquires about the status. We have several story boards for different parts of the company and individuals are added to each of the story boards that they need to be on. This departmentalizes stories so everyone doesn't have to wade thru stories to see what they may need to take on. This has been a great way to manage tasks of everyone instead of each person trying to keep up by using notes on things they are working on. It saves a lot of time.

Cons
I really don't have anything negative to say. If we run across an issue or need a new feature or similar, they have been very responsive to meet our needs.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ashish Agrawal

Very simple and easy to understand project management tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-01-15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Pivotal tracker is very lightweight project management tool with easy to understand user interface and contains most of all types of feature of advanced project management tool. We are using pivotal tracker in one of our recruitment management software to track the progress of software. We have been using this software for more than 3 years now buy so far It is free of cost as we are using public project that is free of cost. It provides all basic feature of agile process like releases , epic, stories and issue tracking. Best thing is it can be managed on a single page.

Cons
Pivotal tracker doesn't support estimation of tasks in hours as supported by JIRA .Pivotal Tracker doesn't provide more formal method of agile process like sub-task estimation, sub-task life cycle, test case creation, work log, sub-task assignment, complex reports, custom task lifecyele. Pivotal tracker has a poor pricing structure and only be used in agile projects. Mobile app need improvement.

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Mehak Adlakha

Most eligible tracker tool for an agile software development team.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-28
Review Source: Capterra

Pivotal was the best tool that I could have used for the project I was working on, the project was being built in agile structure with stories and there had to be detailed time logging which is the strength of pivotal tracker.

Pros
The structure of the tools helps to manage and track agile development cycles, the work is presented as stories that can be estimated and the work done on them can be tracked. The best addon provided is the velocity calculation for the sprint.

Cons
One of the major drawback with pivotal is that it is tailor-made for agile development, and there is very little room for customization which can lead to you using or paying for some not required feature.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Great tool for agile teams

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-06
Review Source: Capterra

Excellent tool for keeping all team members focused on the backlog and it's easy to keep the backlog prioritized.

Pros
The best thing about Pivotal Tracker is how easy it is to keep everyone on the team focused. It's got a simple, no frills interface and easy to prioritize and update tickets.

Cons
While its generally on par with other agile project management tools, I find Pivotal tracker a little lacking feature wise compared to others like JIRA.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Varun Biyani

Good Product that can be Great

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-03
Review Source: Capterra

Overall. Good product but it has a capability of being. Great product. congratulations on the recent acquisition, well deserved

Pros
Has a preset rules and branches and uses a lot of Sprint related terminologies. The UI UX is clean, gives a good idea of who is working on what task

Cons
The state management of tracker cards is very difficult and requires up a decent amount of learning curve.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Anonymous

A simple software development management tracker

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-15
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Simple. Markdown formatting support Quick Light It can be used to encourage a certain flow of software development

Cons
It can be too simple at times The layout can feel congested Organisation of work into projects is awkward if possible at all

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Abhinav Srivastava

Best available tracker for small teams and startups.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-08-31
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The tool is really simple and easy to use. The UI offers smooth transition of tasks between different stages. Offers free usage also and the card layout offers a clear view of the tasks.

Cons
Due to the lack of customisation in the flow it is not always suitable for complex flows and large teams. The view clutters up is the team size is large.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Megan Kakitsubo

Smooth Agile Tool for Startups

Reviewed 2016-02-09
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
I liked that the contents of the dashboard is customizable for every member of the team who all had different roles. For instance, as a web developer I constantly kept my eyes on "My Work", "Current", and "BackLog" as I liked to track my tasks as well as what others in the team had in progress. On the other hand, the Project Manager had "Charts" and "Epics" opened as he wanted to track the velocity of the team. Aside from the customizable element, the dashboard was easy to edit as changes to an existing story as well as creating new ones could be accomplished in one tab/window without moving onto a new page. Because everything could be tracked with a one page view, it provided a good summary of what everyone was up to as well as nice way to track individual tasks.

Cons
For a larger team I feel that it would be difficult to keep the dashboard maintain the nice clean look. As a developer that used Pivotal Tracker in a startup accelerator, every project I worked on was for a different company and each team had about 4 to 7 people (which was a good size for collective Pivotal Tracker usage). In a larger company, there could be larger sized teams which could potentially make the dashboard more cluttered and thus require a careful categorization of their projects for later review. Although I personally did not have to face this scenario often I could see it being a bit of an issue if my team and company was that of larger scale.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Nic Hunt

Tracker is an easy to use, constantly evolving, task management tool.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-07-19
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Tracker is great value for the cost! Having visibility into which task is next in the queue and easily adjusting task priority when demands change is really helpful. The description and comment sections are great to keep topics and discussions related to specific tasks all in one place. Being able to use markdown to format text is also really helpful and provides a lot of flexibility. I've been using Tracker for over 2 years now, and it has been great to see the product evolve. There are always new and thoughtful updates to the software which are both helpful and don't require you to relearn features or re-acclimate yourself to the tool. Outside of the tool itself, the Tracker community and blog are great resources for best practices as well as learning about how other organizations are leveraging this tool.

Cons
For smaller teams and projects, the point estimate feature and much of the in-depth analytics hasn't been that helpful for us in terms of making actionable decisions. With that said, for the right project and for large teams with many collaborators, I can see how these tools could be useful.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Brian Heinle

Bugs be gone

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-20
Review Source: Capterra

It was great for us for 5+ years. We are moving away from it to move into Visual Studio Team Services since our Dev Team already uses it, we are trying to centralize everything. We will likely continue paying for Pivotal for another year at least jsut for a backup of our data, as we do not plan to migrate everything to VSTS.

Pros
It is a great software for our QA/Support/Dev Teams to create a workflow and centralized database containing all of our bugs, enhancement requests, etc. Clients report bugs to us, I submit the bug info into PT, add relevant Dev members, it gets prioritzied by our QA/Dev Managers, comments and details are added, and it is followed through the steps until it is resolved and closed.

Cons
There is not a whole lot we have to complain about. It did its purpose for us, and we rarely ran into bugs or issues with the software. The only "issues" that came up were our own fault of leaving old items in there, adding duplicates, and letting it get a little cluttered.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Great tool to manage projects and time

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-14
Review Source: Capterra

For the most part, internally, this has replaced email. We also use this to manage all company goals and initiatives, bug fixes, new features on the website, etc. It also allows us all to see the pipeline of new initiatives and allow someone who might be the best person to work on a specific project take ownership of it

Pros
Having multiple projects going in multiple different areas of the company ( sales, marketing, development, etc) is very easy to track and to properly manage all the different projects going on in the company

Cons
While there are some organization with tagging user stories and creating epics, it would be nice if there was a way to order all stories in a filtered way. The issue we are running into is that we have many different projects, some of which are related to each other, but are randomly organized by the tag; rather than the date created or the priority.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Christopher Knight

The - Project Management tool for Software Development Teams

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-02-01
Review Source: Capterra

Been using tracker for a few years now. Its continually improved, but also kept a baseline of core functionality thats remained fairly static. It achieves its purpose, and doesn't throw in a lot of bells and whistles. Project / feature / story pipeline management core to storing information about past bugs, assets, ideas, implementations. Its served as alternative documentation to many of our projects. When consistently used, can be a very effective management tool for software proejcts.

Pros
Its made FOR & By software devs.

Cons
Its a bit clunky with lots of tabs open. Some light UX simplification could help. Also more markdown options ( or a bit clearer docs ) on how to write more formatted descriptions for stories & comments.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Ivan Collins

Pivotal Helps Keep your Team Organized

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2016-11-16
Review Source: Capterra

We have been using Pivotal Tracker for several years now and it has quite a few features that keep our development team organized. We don't use the layers that predict how long feature will take those elements tend to require some programming knowledge and since I manage the system it's hard for me to assign point values to those. But I expect that adds a few more layers of functionality. Just the basic of being able to create a development ticket, assign it to a developer, tag the designer in comments so he gets inquiries, and use the approval process is a game changer in terms of staying organized. Everyone can tap into Pivotal Tracker and know exactly what their game plan is for the day.

Pros
assigning tickets to team mates, tagging them in notes so they get a notification, and the approval process.

Cons
estimating tickets seems a little hard to predict as a non developer..

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Pivotal Tracker is our daily agile management tool at a tech startup.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-04
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Pivotal Tracker does a good job for agile product teams, allowing cadence and 2-week sprints to be easily organized. Stories can be sorted by labels, epics, or workplaces (these can include stories across multiple projects/labels/and assigned team members).

Cons
Pivotal Track is difficult when using it for a product team with lots of different project boards (i.e. Design, IOS, Android, Backend). It's hard to keep track of what you are assigned to across different projects. When someone comments you on a story, you receive an email notification, but there is no other way to keep track of outstanding questions or needs without going back through all of your read emails.

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Anonymous

I use this as a Software Engineer on a scrum team daily, and enjoy the process it enforces.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-01-10
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I like the interface of being able to drag and drop/re-order anything. Customization is very high, being able to tag/re-name/add new categories to suit whatever project you may be working on. I like the 'blocker' feature that you can add to stories, as well as the fact that the stories support markdown. There are a ton of integrations with GitHub and Slack that help us stay on top of our projects.

Cons
The one thing that can feel disorganized is keeping track of who is working on what. I'm on a large team, and it's easy to feel like there is too much going on. However, there's a feature that you can use to filter and show only what work you're attached to.

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Greg Norris

We use Pivotal Tracker for s/w development task management, and some project tracking.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-07
Review Source: Capterra

Solid task management and project management features, with good 3rd-party integrations.

Pros
It's quite easy to use, and has good 3rd-party integrations (such as with Slack and with Github). It allows a good level of detail within each task item, and the app updates nicely on they fly when several people are editing the tasks at the same time.

Cons
I don't think I've noticed many; perhaps it could allow more customization of task attributes, or Sprint/Project details -- but I don't think we've been limited by that at all.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Diego Caravana

Proper SCRUM tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-13
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using PT since many years without a problem. It's so simple to use that there is basically no learning curve, while actually everyone on the team can do his job effectively and it's also so simple to track the progress of the project.

Pros
Pivotal Tracker (PT) has this incredible simplicity that makes it unique in his usability. It's kind of an example of how to do things and I always mention it when I need an example of effectiveness and simplicity.

Cons
Actually nothing, except that sometimes simplicity comes with a cost.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

This is how we keep our team organized. With many projects and 2 continents - this makes it work.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-14
Review Source: Capterra

The ability to go back and review previous projects so that we have a precedent established for future ones with ease helps tremendously.

Pros
The organization factor is huge with this! We are able to be organized as a whole company while allowing teams to work together and collaborate regardless of where they are located.

Cons
The email alerts do not always come in a significant amount of time necessary to move the project along. Luckily, we have a slack channel where we all communicate and collaborate as well.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Excellent Software Development tracking tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-12-12
Review Source: Capterra

time saving better planning better tracking and audit knowledge and asset building better outcomes

Pros
Epics, Stories, Bugs, Tasks, Features Dependency Google Drive integration Ability to apply tasks in a story and add notes and links to each

Cons
Forcing an agile model into a project that does not need it We use a hybrid method and the fixation on Agile gets in the way of resource planning Lack of ability to plan resources by story or task based on estimates for each person involved

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Anonymous

Efficient tool for Agile planning, although a bit rusty

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-27
Review Source: Capterra

We use it to plan our iterations and see what can fit in and what can't.

Pros
Once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy to use; tasks just go in according to stack and it all makes sense. It has a good drag and drop ability which I find very useful.

Cons
I don't like the fact that I need to hack my way around it to fit my needs. Also the colors are quite depressing to be honest. Graphics are kinda old fashioned if I'm fully honest.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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George Gonzalez-Rivas

Dive in! (or stay out, no half-measures)

Reviewed 2017-01-16
Review Source: Capterra

Our company started using Pivotal Tracker to manage software development in an outsourced environment. It seems to be a really successful tool in that regard. It's collaboration features are strong, its assignment tracking is very strong, and its reports are pretty good. If you have an application to manage distributed tasks that are each of significant effort -- say a few hours to a few days each -- then Pivotal is a top contender and you should review it carefully. The problem that I have with Pivotal is that its success in the coding side of the business led to its adoption across the board in all our business processes. Here's where the trouble started. It's a little too slow to use with tasks that should be measured in minutes rather than hours -- it adds too much relative overhead. Of course, there are ways to deal with this like using Zapier to integrate a list tool or Trell or the CRM with Pivotal... but then the real question is why go to all these lengths to apprise teams in other departments to a level of detail they are not interested in? So, if you're developing code, debugging code, or create documents that that, say, 2 or more hours each, Pivotal Tracker is an excellent way to organize, and, well, 'track', progress, report on relative team velocity and, most importantly adapt workload to current work pave (it automatically moves stories from background to active based on the calculated velocity/workload of the team -- that's pretty cool.) But if you just need a list, or if you existing tool, like a CRM, already has task management then don't complicate your life.

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Abdul-Mumeen Olasode

The best story-based project planning tool

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-05-05
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
I really like the fact that it has a well-established processes which is built upon agile methodology in software development. This helps in giving a sense of direction to anyone who is new to agile processes. You don't have to worry about what are the stages and how to group your tasks. With PT your agile development is as seamless as it can ever get.

Cons
What I will least like is the algorithm used in calculating team strength because if non developer such as project owners are involved in pivotal possible to overview the progress and see what task has been performed and what is left, a false team strength is added which doesn't give an accurate assessment of the team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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