We’re starting a Tracker Users Group in New York, and the first meetup is on Jun 30, at 6:30pm, at the Pivotal Labs office on Chambers St. Click the link below to become a member of the group and RSVP. We hope to see you there!
Our favorite recipe site Cookstr, developed by Pivotal Labs, has received two nominations, and been named an honoree for the 13th Annual Webby Awards. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Cookstr is a nominee in the Best Practices category, along with NYTimes.com, Digg, WebMD Health, and The Daily Beast. Cookstr has also been nominated for the Food and Beverage category, and has won an Honorary Mention in the Lifestyle Category.
We’d like to congratulate the Cookstr team on this achievement, and encourage everyone who’s a fan to vote for Cookstr in the People’s Choice Awards!
Pivotal Tracker has just been updated with new features.
Labels Enhancements & Saved Searches
There’s a new panel on the project page that will help you organize and keep track of related stories in your project – Labels and Searches. Open it using the View menu, or with Shift-L. On this panel, you’ll see all labels in your project, as links, with numbers indicating the number of stories that have yet to be accepted. Click on a label to see stories with that label.
You can now save any search, by clicking on the disk icon at the top of search results. Saved searches appear below labels, on the Labels and Searches panel.
The new panel also allows you rename or delete labels, and delete saved searches. Hover over a label or saved search, and you should see rename and/or delete buttons.
Ability to apply and remove labels to selected stories
It’s now possible to apply labels to multiple stories, using the Actions menu at the top of the project page. Select stories using the small checkboxes to the right of story titles. The same action also allows you to remove labels.
Ability to export selected stories to CSV
You can export selected stories in the project, also by using the Actions menu. One possible use of this feature is to move or copy stories from one project to another. Select some stories, export them to CSV, and import that file into another project.
API: Get stories by iteration or iteration group
We’ve made it easier to retrieve stories by iteration through the API. You can get stories based on an arbitrary iteration range, done iterations, the current iteration, or iterations in the backlog.
See the API Help page for more details and examples.
Here’s some information from Engine Yard (our hosting service provider) about yesterday afternoon’s data center outage, which affected a number of applications including Pivotal Tracker:
We apologize for the inconvenience this outage caused, and appreciate everyone’s patience. As detailed in Engine Yard’s post, steps are being taken to ensure that this does not happen again.
If you use Pivotal Tracker for open source projects, and would like to increase visibility into what your team is working on, you can now do so by making your Tracker project public.
As a project owner, you can enable public access for your project on the Project Settings page, by selecting the Public Access checkbox. The public URL to the project is to the right of the checkbox, in the format http://www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/xxx, where xxx is the id of the project. You can also append a dash to that URL, with a more descriptive name of your project, for example http://www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/xxx-My-Cool-Project.
Anyone you give the project URL to will be able view stories in your project, without having to sign in to Tracker. They’ll also be able request project membership by clicking the “Join This Project” button.
We’ve rolled out some new features in Pivotal Tracker.
New API Version
There’s a new version of the developer API, with the following changes:
- support for ActiveResource
- responses no longer wrapped in an element, using HTTP return codes instead to indicate success or error
- ability to get a list of your projects
- you can now page through stories with a limit and offset
- it’s now possible to obtain an authentication token by specifying a username and password (via basic auth or header parameters). This makes it easier to build interactive clients, for example a mobile app.
The previous API version (v1) is still supported, but will be deprecated at some point in the future. Please see the API Help page for more details.
Ability to change point scale
It’s now possible to change your project’s point scale, even if you’ve already estimated stories.
New Tracker users will now see a link on the Dashboard to create a demo project, with example stories. You can also create a demo project from the My Projects page.
Story Comment Notifications
There’s now an option (on the My Profile page to receive new comment email notifications for all stories in you project(s), not just stories you’re a requester/owner of.
As always, we look forward to your feedback!
Michael Buffington has posted the first of a what will hopefully be a series of tours on Pivotal Tracker, this one about how Michael uses Tracker as a personal GTD-style task manager.
If you haven’t heard of GTD, it stands for “Getting Things Done”, a work-life “action management” method and book by David Allen. Read more about it here.
A lot of us here at Pivotal Labs have been using Pivotal Tracker as a personal productivity tool, and we’re definitely getting more things done!
Thanks, Michael, we’re looking forward to more tours.
We released the first version of the Pivotal Tracker API a couple of months ago, and already there is a growing list of useful 3rd party tools out there:
Pivotal Tracker for Ruby
This is a ruby wrapper for the API, written by our friends at Mobile Commons.
Also from Mobile Commons, this tool allows your to automatically create Tracker stories from inbound emails.
GitHub Post Receive Hook
This is web service that you run on your own server, written by Chris Bailey. It automatically updates stories in your project(s) based on GitHub commit comments:
Synchronize stories in Pivotal Tracker with Cucumber features. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Cucumber is a really cool app that can execute plain-text documents as automated functional tests.
There are more, most of them live in GitHub:
If you have written something you’d like to share, or know of other useful tools, let us know! Also, we’re planning on making the API better, and would love your feedback.
Great article comparing Pivotal Tracker to Mingle, as an example of a tool that simplifies things, rather than trying to manage complexity (and getting in the way):
Thanks for the positive feedback, Matthias!
Chris Bailey wrote a GitHub post receive hook for Tracker, using the API. It’s a web service that you run on your own server, and it automatically updates stories in your project(s) based on commit comments. Check out his blog post here. Thanks for spending your Thanksgiving on this, Chris.
Let us know if you find this useful, we’re definitely interested in making integration with other apps easier, and would love specific ideas and suggestions.
If you’re new to Tracker, or are considering trying it out but haven’t signed up yet, check out the Tracker 101 screencast. Thanks to Ian McFarland for recording it.