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Learning the Ropes on Github and Pivotal Tracker

  |  October 29, 2015

Github and Pivotal Tracker Logo

Upon working at AELOGICA, I was introduced to a variety of development tools and resources. Each individual has their own style for maximizing productivity. The most essential ones, that each Aelogician adheres to, would be Pivotal Tracker and Github.

Pivotal Tracker is, compared to Trello, an advanced project management tool. I found it to be pretty complicated at first as it has a lot more features than the latter, including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Points
  2. Current, Backlog, and Icebox
  3. Seamless integration with Github

After creating a story of type feature for a project, the user can assign points to it signifying the difficulty level. Which can also indicate its necessity or significance in the project. For every project, there are 3 general states for the stories that is used to track not only the progress of the project but also my productivity. The most amazing thing is that it has all the necessary fields for an informative and clean git history.

Elements in Pivotal Tracker

I’ve only discovered Github in the middle of year 2014. It’s all for collaboration with hitch for pair programming being my most used method. It’s the place for anything and anyone interested in open source. It can be likened to a social media for developers as you can follow a person or star any of their projects.

Had I known about these tools in the early phase of my developer life, I could have achieved more and escaped half the stress student life brings.