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Jira vs Pivotal Tracker: What are the differences?

Developers describe Jira as "The #1 software development tool used by agile teams to plan, track, and release great software". Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.. On the other hand, Pivotal Tracker is detailed as "Build better software, faster". Collaborative, lightweight agile project management tool, brought to you by the experts in agile software development.

Jira and Pivotal Tracker are primarily classified as "Issue Tracking" and "Agile Project Management" tools respectively.

"Powerful" is the primary reason why developers consider Jira over the competitors, whereas "Agile" was stated as the key factor in picking Pivotal Tracker.

reddit, Lyft, and Heroku are some of the popular companies that use Jira, whereas Pivotal Tracker is used by Zendesk, Movielala, and DeveloperTown. Jira has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2090 company stacks & 1470 developers stacks; compared to Pivotal Tracker, which is listed in 198 company stacks and 54 developer stacks.

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What is Jira?

Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.

What is Pivotal Tracker?

It is a collaborative, lightweight agile project management tool, brought to you by the experts in agile software development.
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What are some alternatives to Jira and Pivotal Tracker?
Trello
Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
Asana
Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work. From tasks and projects to conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish--and get results. Available at asana.com and on iOS & Android.
Confluence
Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
Redmine
Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.
Bugzilla
Bugzilla is a "Defect Tracking System" or "Bug-Tracking System". Defect Tracking Systems allow individual or groups of developers to keep track of outstanding bugs in their product effectively. Most commercial defect-tracking software vendors charge enormous licensing fees. Despite being "free", Bugzilla has many features its expensive counterparts lack.
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Decisions about Jira and Pivotal Tracker
Petr Havlicek
Petr Havlicek
Freelancer at havlicekpetr.cz · | 11 upvotes · 12.7K views
Jira
Jira
#Trello

I use Jira because

  • It's used widely as the best SW dev tool
  • It's so easy to use
  • Flexible to configure
  • Great for tracking of tickets while leading meetings
  • Accessible from Everywhere

In overall, especially for large projects, Confluence is must. On the other hands, for small-mid size projects, #Trello is also great due to visualisation power.

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Nasser Khan
Nasser Khan
Product Manager at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 3.3K views
atStorm8Storm8
Jira
Jira
Pivotal Tracker
Pivotal Tracker
#Collaboration
#IssueTracking
#AgileProjectManagement
#ProjectManagement

Over time, as our teams became bigger and projects became more complex, we started to take agile processes more seriously and wanted more advanced (by our standards) project management abilities, like burndown charts, velocity tracking, etc. We also wanted to handle a lot of content management tasks that were primarily done by non-technical teams but often touched engineering.

After using Pivotal Tracker and Wrike, JIRA ended up being the right choice for us. Its design was flexible enough to do engineering project management, content management and other tasks like product roadmapping effectively. It had all the bells and whistles we wanted (plus many more we never got around to using). Given that it is a flexible service that tries to do everything, it is ideal for a team that can 1) dedicate significant bandwidth to upfront setup and organization and 2) empower admins to establish and enforce best practices among team members.

#Collaboration #IssueTracking #AgileProjectManagement #ProjectManagement

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Reviews of Jira and Pivotal Tracker
Avatar of tmaiaroto
Full Stack Product Designer at Serif & Semaphore
Review ofPivotal TrackerPivotal Tracker

Pivotal is nice if you’re a contractor or have a small team with simple process. In fact, in those circumstances it may be one of the best tools out there aside from Trello.

However, if you have a larger team, it’s difficult for Pivotal Tracker to fit your process. It’s also difficult to plan with Pivotal Tracker - it often ends up being more of a triage tool than a good planning tool.

The biggest limitations are the limited states for stories and limited views - everything is in a column and you can’t preset a view the whole team can see, so team members have a very hard time visually seeing the same set of stories.

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Lead Engineer at WHOOP
Review ofJiraJira

Most of my time in JIRA is spent

  • Waiting for pages to load
  • Clicking on links, because the information that I need is not available on the first pages I reach
  • Looking for the next link to click, because each page has a different layout and the bug title or the latest comment might be placed anywhere on the page

Additionally, any time I search the documentation I get bug reports from years ago that appear unresolved or instructions for modifying the on-premesis installation (we have their cloud service).

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Software Engineer
Review ofJiraJira

Compared to Bugzilla and Redmine, Jira requires a lot of manual configuration which can make project issues not compatible status-wise.

How developers use Jira and Pivotal Tracker
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shridhardalavi uses JiraJira

It is used for bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management The basic use of this tool is to track issue and bugs related to your software and Mobile apps. It is also used for project management. The JIRA dashboard consists of many useful functions and features which make handling of issues easy.

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Ujjwal Bhujel uses JiraJira

So much relief as you can track each and every issues, bugs, dev project and maintenance and a time machine when it comes to do that less interesting timesheet or daily status. Its a rescuer.

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SmartLogic uses Pivotal TrackerPivotal Tracker

We use Pivotal Tracker to organize our development for all of our clients. Tracker enables our agile-inspired process, which helps us deliver the most value to our clients.

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DigitalPermits uses JiraJira

We use a combination of Scrum and Kanban for our tasks. We focus more on the integration with Bitbucket to keep track of tasks and have bi-directional accountability.

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MOKA Analytics uses JiraJira

We use JIRA because it's a single tool that can be customized to each of our business processes: product development, customer on-boarding, and internal operations

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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses JiraJira

The agile process planing feedback and control is done in JIRA, with integrations in all places, like bitbucket code, confluence pages and build process

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GeniusLink uses Pivotal TrackerPivotal Tracker

We use it to run scrum and keep track of our geo located team.

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PSESD uses Pivotal TrackerPivotal Tracker

Agile project tracking and collaboration on features

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Publitory uses Pivotal TrackerPivotal Tracker

We plan our iterations on Pivotal Tracker.

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douglasresende uses Pivotal TrackerPivotal Tracker

I use to manager any task projects

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