Pivotal Tracker is an A-class tool for software and app development teams. This online app is easy to get up and running and allows dev teams to assign tasks (“stories”) to appropriate teams, keep track of new ideas that can be implemented down the track, monitor backlogs, work on bug fixes, and manage new feature rollouts.
However, for managers wanting a quick overview and for client meetings focused on discussing project progress, dev teams can have a difficult time converting their Pivotal Tracker dashboard into a format that non-dev minds can get their heads around.
A Google Calendar/Pivotal Tracker integration can let you instantly create a data visualization of how your dev team is rolling out project activity across any given timeline: a week, a month, or for the full length of time to create a minimum viable product (hopefully, that means 90 days for your dev team).
You can use this timeline:
- as a benchmark for future product development
- to assess the resources involved in adding code for new features
- to manage dev teams, or
- to create a timeline for your clients to show them how an app dev project progresses day-by-day to build an online or mobile product.
Here’s how to create a Pivotal Tracker/Google Calendar integration.
Project Management Tracking in a Timeline Visualization
4. Indicate which Pivotal Tracker project you want to track
If you want a finer-grain project management tracking visualization, you can create separate calendar integrations for bug dev work, new feature story implementation, or for an updated release of an app product.
As a developer, if you want to benchmark how quickly you code your development tasks, you can create a personal calendar.
If you need to review the progress of requested client work, you can create a calendar based on stories implemented in response to a specific requester.
Optional fields that are left blank will return all relevant stories, regardless of story type, owner or requester.
5. Select to which Google Calendar the stories should be added, as they are completed
6. Click on ‘Create Integration’. Done!
Additional Project Management Tracking Tips
- Before you start this integration, you can create a new calendar in Google Calendar where Pivotal Tracker stories should be placed
- You can add the emails of managers or clients to share your online calendar and provide them with an easily accessible cloud-based visualization of the progress of your development project
- You can create separate integrations for each type of Pivotal Tracker Story and add these to separate calendars. In Google Calendar, select to see all calendars at once, and you instantly have a color coded visualization of delivered Pivotal Tracker stories
- Check out our Google Calendar Integration Tips for more ways to supercharge your time management