When comparing Pivotal Tracker vs Kantree, the Slant community recommends Kantree for most people. In the question“What are the best project management tools?” Kantree is ranked 16th while Pivotal Tracker is ranked 17th. The most important reason people chose Kantree is:
Kanban board to drag and drop cards across columns. Select which group type to show as columns: status, milestones, labels, teams, etc (you can create your own dimensions) Set rules to your group (such like auto-assign card to user when dropping a card)
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While not perfect kanban, Pivotal is somewhat flexible in that you can mark sections of stories. So rather than (or in addition to) a normal sprint, you can put a marker in to define all cards above that point as part of something, for example a release. Further, you can override the auto tracker and define how many points in a sprint. So there is some degree of flexibility which sometimes you don’t find in “purist” agile or scrum tools.
Pro Great software to use in conjunction with a disciplined agile/scrum development philosophy
Pivotal Tracker has a Kanban feel to it, but takes a more opinionated “Agile” approach to feature management: It encourages items in the flow to be user stories with effort points associated to them to allow Pivotal to calculate your team’s velocity.
If you agree with the workflow, Pivotal offers a ton of functionality not provided by more generic tools like Trello. You can see your team’s velocity over time, organic smaller Stories into “Epics” (huge features) etc.
Pro Stories can contain media files
Easy to create features/bugs/chores with embedded files (screenshots, docs, videos).
Pro Dynamic kanban view
Kanban board to drag and drop cards across columns.
Select which group type to show as columns: status, milestones, labels, teams, etc (you can create your own dimensions)
Set rules to your group (such like auto-assign card to user when dropping a card)
Pro Infinite hierarchy
Cards can have checklists. Items in the checklist are actual cards, which can be organized in their own board.
Projects is like a tree of card, with unlimited sub-level boards. Perfect to manage complex project with hierarchy. You can choose different settings and user permissions at every level.
Pro Custom card groups
Group your card in unlimited dimensions.
You can use the built-in groups (lists, labels, milestones), adapt them or create your own.
This allows you to manage a projects in other dimensions (by versions, teams, offices, categories, releases, etc).
Visualize your project in kanban and table view, by the group types of your choice.
Drag and drop cards quickly between groups.
Track progress by group types (ideal for managing iterations).
Pro Self-hosted option
Kantree can be installed on your server #privacy
Pro Card models
Use or create card model to best represent your work, for each of your project.
Dozens of types of attributes available, including text, yes/no values, map, file attachments, due date, etc
Perfect to manage projects of different kinds, with multiple card types - like ideas, sales contact, customer feedback, bug report, feature request, bill/order.
Pro Notification (email and in-app)
Pro Slack integration
Pro Github integration
Pro Charts and analytics
Pro Work in progress limits
Set soft limit to group, so that your teams don't get overloaded and lose focus
Adaptative design that is optimize for touch-based interface and adapt the UI to small screen (mobile and tablet)
Pro Table view
Manage your cards in table, by groups.
All the cards are displayed as rows, with their attributes in columns.
Group cards by any group type: milestones, status, team, label, epic, release...
Drag and drop cards across groups.
Pick the attributes to include in the table
Pro Card links
Create linked card to mirror a card in another projects / organization.
Create links with the attributes of the target card, or with its own attributes (to manage a card in multiple boards)
Create custom card relationship: blocked by, same as, etc.
Kantree also support infinite card hierarchy
Pro File attachment
Drag and drop multiple files to your cards at once.
Preview files in a gallery, by card or for the entire project
Con No Kanban-board
To get a good overview often Kanban boards are used. You can somehow imitate a board, but it is not comparable to a real Kanban-board.
Con Limited Work Flow & Process
Few story states. If your process involves some sort of QA and sign off, forget it - you get started, deliver, accept/reject, and finished. No way to customize this to your process. Sad miss for an easy fix/configuration.
Con Non-Editable Default Templates
Templates for defining stories and bugs save time. Pivotal has a default for story and bug. However you can’t edit these. So when you go to add your own, the titles can be confusing to users. Maybe title like “Our User Story” and “Our Bug”? Users will see all templates in the drop down and it’s confusing, so you end up with peope using the wrong templates which adds to process problems.
Con No Saved & Shared Views
Everything is in a column. Aside from destroying Kanban, it also gets confusing. The real downside here is that there’s no way to save a set of columns and pin for others to quickly see. Everyone on the team is usually looking at a completely different set of work. This is literally the definition of not being on the same page.
Con Not usable for multiple projects
If you want / need to have an overview of all the tasks going on over different projects and if you have these organized in different projects, there is no way to get an overview beside reporting. Just take a look at the screenshot and you see what you can expect.