JIRA is awful and Trello does not have nearly enough grain. When it comes down to it, we’re a very Pivotal style shop. We do pivotal story-based pointing. For pivotal methodologies, Pivotal Tracker is like a glove designed for that. It gives you very accurate estimates for how much work you’re going to get done this week which is a holy grail of project management that I haven't seen anywhere else. With most estimates you don't know, but 95% of our estimates are correct now which I find acceptable as a manager.
Director of Engineering - Amitree
I like the fact that Pivotal Tracker has epics: you can bundle stories into epics for easier management service. It can still get a little noisy when you have a lot of stories however. It is more opinionated than JIRA and for this reason it’s less flexible, but it also means that we spend less time setting up the tool since we have to buy into the workflow.
Co-founder & CEO - Sweet Technology
Pivotal Tracker is great because it allows you to get speed estimates, story estimates, and track bugs. It is a very opinionated tool, so it is not for every team. If you use it on the right team, it is great. It works well with our software development teams.
VP of Technology - Gust
We keep all of our projects in Pivotal Tracker--we measure points every week. We have tried everything and it is by far the best project management tool. Unfortunately, if you are not an engineer, it takes a while to get used to.
Co-founder & CEO - Smiletime
I used Pivotal in a previous company, and I liked it, so we’re using it at CoverWallet too. Pivotal is good for smaller teams, and it’s better for development and projects related to engineering than other tools like Trello. Trello and Pivotal are similar tools, but Trello is better for more generic projects like business development and marketing.
Founder & CEO - CoverWallet
We also use Pivotal Tracker. A great feature of Pivotal is that it allows you to track engineering speed.
Co-founder & CEO - Periscope
Pivotal Tracker helps us manage priorities and keep the engineer team working together efficiently.
VP of Market Expansion - LaunchCode
We use Pivotal Tracker for software development. We used to use Asana for project management in general but in the end I was the only one using it so we got rid of it. Pivotal Tracker is pretty great, much better than not using anything. It has a lot of features that we don’t use but it scales well up and down. The integrations are nice, especially with GitHub. It also has a useful public page.
Co-founder & CEO - One Month
We use Pivotal Tracker because it is really designed with an engineering team in mind.
Co-founder & CEO - Moesif
We also gave a shot to Pivotal Tracker, but it did not stick.
Co-founder & CEO - TravelPerk
We mainly use Pivotal Tracker. That’s more for product management, which it works great for, but it’s not really project management.
Co-founder & CEO - getPartnered
We use Pivotal Tracker to prioritize engineering stories like bugs and features. We do bug reporting, quality assurance and other stories in Pivotal Tracker. Pivotal Tracker is expensive, but the engineering team needed something more advanced than Trello.
Founder & CEO - MyTime
Our product team uses PT for all day-to-day development management. It has deeper tracking features than most management applications.
Co-founder & CEO - Opternative
We used to use Blossom. I liked Blossom better, but my developer wanted to use Pivotal Tracker. The benefit of Pivotal Tracker is a “velocity meter” which predicts how much work you can get done. It helps you not assign too many assignments in one week. However, it relies on the developer assigning a point scale to each project which gives them the ability to minimize their workload. It also doesn't track my time that much, like putting in fields for due dates. I also don't think the layout is very user friendly. I’ve been thinking about switching back to Blossom; it’s more user friendly and has better UI/UX.
Co-founder & CEO - WhereFor
We have a bunch of former Pivots on our team, so we practice Agile methodologies. Therefore, it made a lot of sense for us to use Pivotal Tracker for our user stories. Again, Tracker is really only as good as the person who makes everyone use it. If people can’t trust that Tracker is the reliable source for information, then the whole system breaks down.
Co-founder & CEO - Nitrous
Pivotal Tracker is our main project management tool. We use it for engineering, and the bulk of the project management we do is for engineering.
Co-founder & CEO - Bold
We’ve tried pretty much everything (e.g Basecamp, Asana, Pivotal Tracker), and settled on Trello. We used to use Pivotal Tracker, but it felt like it was designed by engineers, for engineers. There was no transparency if you weren’t an engineer, and it was far too complex for anyone other than the engineers. We eventually moved to Asana, but it got super messy after a while. We had multiple, parallel development streams, and no visual way to connect the dots between multiple projects. So we ended up using Trello, and it’s going well, and we’re not paying anything for it!
Founder & CEO - Good&Co
Both Pivotal Tracker and Trello are simple products, and both are easy to use. The engineers love Pivotal Tracker.
Co-founder & CEO - Neurotrack
We originally used Asana, but it wasn’t very easy to use, and seemed overly-complicated. So we moved over to Trello. Then we started going for a high-tech solution, which is how we started using Pivotal Tracker as well. Mainly, the engineering team uses Pivotal Tracker. It’s our go-to project management tool.
Co-founder & CEO - Townsquared
The engineering team uses Pivotal Tracker for sprint planning. They also happen to be one of our customers! We do agile development and Pivotal Tracker is great if you use the scrum methodology; it works well for us.
CEO - OnSIP
Our entire team uses Pivotal Tracker, and we have it associated with GitHub. Pivotal Tracker is strong on story creation and writing, and works well with Google Docs for attachments for stories, which are both big pluses. But sprint management is not very good; the stories are organized the way they want, not necessarily the way we want. If there was a way to manage stories in Pivotal like you can in Trello, we would really like that. There’s also no good, or easy, way to do QA on existing releases. And it’s hard to separate what’s being worked on right now, versus what’s in QA, versus what’s already been released. And with regards to reporting on the developer side, you can see velocity and productivity, but there’s no reporting based on an epic. Reports on epics completed, or percentage completed on an epic, are not available.
Founder & CEO - Insurify
The developers like Pivotal but we’re thinking about consolidating everything to Trello because managing both is complicated.
Co-founder & CEO - Priori Legal
We had Basecamp but now we’re using Pivotal. It has better features and it’s easier to use. Everything is software oriented. Once we have projects that are not software oriented, we will move away from it. Pivotal doesn’t have visualization for task prerequisites and it can’t help plan parallel tasks.
Co-founder & CTO - Tutorlist
We’ve moved off of official PM tools because we weren’t using them consistently. Additionally, we weren’t able to find a single tool that applied to all departments. Instead, each department works off of a sprint system. The length of each sprint is dependent on the department, but most are about two weeks. Marketing and sales-related teams leverage a Google Sheet to manage each sprint, while engineering adds Pivotal Tracker to the mix. Both scenarios are successful in holding individual contributors accountable, as well as moving the department as a whole toward its goals.
Co-founder & CEO - PivotDesk
In our early days, we had some engagement with Pivotal Labs, the makers of Pivotal Tracker, and that’s what they used in-house. We all got very comfortable with it, and we hired a few engineers from Pivotal Labs, so it was the platform everyone was familiar with. Pivotal Tracker is good, and does everything we need it to do.
Founder & CEO - Blinkbuggy
Our product team uses Pivotal Tracker.
Early on, we used Basecamp. The decision to start using it was driven by external designers, and then we adopted it. But we needed something much more robust in the long term. Basecamp was like a combination of Slack and Pivotal Tracker, and became an extra tool that was unneeded. We just used Slack for Slack purposes, and Pivotal Tracker for Pivotal Tracker purposes.
Co-founder - Aviary
We use Pivotal Tracker for our client’s projects. There's no better platform that offers the bug documentation that Pivotal Tracker does. The system gives you flexibility to manage and measure progress and velocity of a project.
COO, Developer - Lightmatter
We use Pivotal Tracker for sprints and backlogs of different features and issues. We have Pivotal Tracker organized really well, so anyone can jump in at any point and see what is going on. We use it for both product and project management. We chose Pivotal Tracker because we had used it before at other companies. We had also used Trello in the past, but Pivotal Tracker is much better for people working in software development. I’ve used JIRA a few times at various companies, and I find that I like Pivotal Tracker much better than JIRA. And my partner dislikes anything from Atlassian, including JIRA, so we’ve stuck with Pivotal Tracker.
Co-founder - Claim It!
Pivotal Tracker is used more for the coding side, to track updates.
Founder - Jurnid
Pivotal Tracker is heavily used for the engineers working on our platform.
Founder - Jurnid
Pivotal Tracker is relatively new for us and we haven't fully used it because we only have one developer, but we definitely like it. The developer uses Pivotal Tracker to track his tasks, but the rest of the team uses Asana.
CEO - Fluent City
We use Pivotal Tracker for day-to-day product management needs, but Hackpad for quarterly product planning and ideas for the quarter.
Co-founder & CEO - The Muse
From an engineering perspective, it's really fantastic. The interface makes everything so easy.
Founder & CEO - Socure
My developer worked at Pivotal Labs. The project management is fantastic, and the interface is really simple and easy to use. I highly recommend it.
Founder & CEO - Coin Out Inc.
Pivotal Tracker is pretty easy to use. We picked it initially because one of our developers liked it, and we stayed with it because of how flexible it is and because it has everything we need. We've been playing around with Trello for some other things, but we haven’t made a decision on that yet.
CEO & Founder - inSparq
We've tried everything: Basecamp, Asana, JIRA, Pivotal Tracker, Trello, etc. Nothing makes it easy to view everything on a single, old-fashioned timeline that we can use to see all projects at once. Pivotal Tracker is better for tracking agile software development and bugs, but not at all good for non-tech projects. Trello is better for rapidly putting together lists, while Basecamp is better at presenting mockups to a client but not so good for project management.
Co-founder - Everplans
We use Trello for business tasks and Pivotal Tracker for development. Pivotal Tracker is designed for software development, and it's such a specific service. It's absolutely vital to what we do, but Trello is far more general and just a better fit for day-to-day needs.
Co-founder and CEO - Fantasmo Studios
9%Stacklist Startups Are Using Pivotal Tracker
Pivotal Tracker is the developer’s project management tool. Stacklist users proclaim it one of the best project management tools for software development and bug tracking. However, all agree it’s not as useful for more general business needs. As such, many teams supplement Pivotal Tracker with a free and/or simple project management service (often Trello) for their day-to-day needs.
It’s used mostly by Seed-stage startups with small teams and defined development needs, but aren’t yet large enough to opt for an all-around project management powerhouse like JIRA.
Pivotal Tracker has seven price points. It starts out free for three collaborators, 2GB of storage and 2 projects. It then moves up to 10 collaborators, 25GB and 10 projects for $35/month. After that, file storage and projects become unlimited, with variability in cost found in incremental increases in collaborators: 15 collaborators costs $75/month, and 50 collaborators goes for $300/month. If you require more than 50 collaborators, call Pivotal Tracker for a quote.
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