Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Pivotal Tracker: Now with a Burndown Chart!

Pivotal Tracker is a great lightweight tool for running distributed Scrum. It's free and I use it for my company and my wife has used it for Scrum in Church. Ward Cunningham says it is the only tool that is as good as cards. Well, maybe not as good as a Scrum Board but close. OpenView Venture Partners recommends it for portfolio companies not ready to move up to Version One, a tool provided by one of our portfolio companies.

I met Dan Podsedly for the second time at Agile 2009 to discuss how new features are supporting Scrum. Key issues are the Burndown Chart and handling large stories (Epics) that need to be broken into smaller stories without losing the relationships.

The Burndown Chart is here and it is a nice one that shows the flow of stories from state to state.
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New Pivotal Tracker feature: Points Breakdown Chart
Posted by Dan Podsedly on Sunday August 23, 2009 at 08:32PM

We've added a new report feature to Pivotal Tracker, to help you analyze how smoothly your project is progressing. It's based on this popular idea, shared in our Get Satisfaction powered support community.

These new Points Breakdown charts help you visualize the progress of your project as stories move through different stages of completion. Stories start out as "Unstarted", then move on to "Started", "Finished", "Delivered", and then "Accepted" (unless they get rejected). The different colored bars show the point totals of the stories that are in each state at the end of each day. As days pass, you would expect the number of unstarted to go down, and the number of accepted to go up. If any of the other groups are especially big, the chart may help you identify bottlenecks in your workflow.

7 comments:

Derek Mahlitz said...

I want to be able to use planning poker numbers not just 0, 1, 2 & 3 for sizes, IMHO thats not enough options for estimating.

Derek Mahlitz said...

I did see a way to change the values. Thanks.

DanP said...

There are other point scales available in project settings, including 0,1,2,3,5,8. We're also considering adding support for custom point scales.

Wes Maldonado said...

@Derek You can use different point scales... What are the point scales available for Pivotal Tracker?

mlambie said...

You can change the points scale Derek. In project, choose View > (Project) Settings from the menu. You can change the Point Scale from linear (0, 1, 2, 3) to either Powers of 2 (0, 1, 2, 4, 8) or Fibonacci (0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8).

brmichel said...

Derek : Pivotal Tracker let you choose other schemas for planning poker numbers. Personnaly, I use 0, 1, 2, 4 & 8.

Emanuel Petre said...

A new burndown charts tool has integrated with pivotal tracker to improve it even further.
It can be found in pivotal's third party page

Agile burndown charts handles pivotal tracker stories in the scrum way.

This tool also has a velocity and velocity over time graph.