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Introducing Epics: They’re like stories, but bigger

We’re proud to introduce a brand new feature to Pivotal Tracker: EPICS.

Epics are a powerful management tool providing teams with big picture detail. It sounds like an oxymoron, but that’s what Epics offer, the ability to zoom out and zoom in at the same time.

Now you can group dozens of stories into a bucket that represents a significant feature. Epics can hold digital assets, such as requirement docs and mockups as well as high-level discussions. You can also prioritize Epics and at a glance know the status of the stories within each Epic.

We’ve been in beta for a few months now and we’d like to thank everyone who volunteered to test drive this feature while it was being built. Here are some of the things these courageous people have shared with us:

“It’s now much easier to coordinate people working on multiple goals at the same time.”
Tikitu at Buzzcapture.

“We love the ability to radiate progress information and the ability to maintain a focused conversation on it.” Diogo at Sport Science School of Rio Maior, Portugal.

“…it is quite helpful in making it easier to see what’s being worked on” Frank at Disney

We hope you enjoy Epics. You can find more detailed information on our FAQ, getting started document or our short screencast.

We look forward to hearing from you on Facebook, Twitter or

Warm regards,

The Tracker Team

P.s. The new shortcut key for Epics is ‘SHIFT’ + ‘e’ (you can find all the short cut keys at ‘SHIFT’ + ‘?’).

P.p.s. Please download our Epic Map below.

  1. Rob Barrow says:

    Any idea when the iOS app will be updated to support Epics?

    Many thanks in advance,


  2. Ronan Dunlop says:

    Hi Rob – I wish I could tell you that the iOS update is just weeks away… but it’s more likely going to be longer than that. We’re currently doing some work on Tracker’s ‘plumbing’ that we’d like to reflect in the next iOS update, along with epics.

    So my best guess is that we’re a few months away regrettably.

    Thanks, Ro

  3. Steven Smith says:

    When will the API be updated to handle epics?

  4. Joshua Dockery says:

    Hi Ronan,

    Epics are a vast improvement, and I’ve already switched over a few projects. I’d like to note that this is a stones throw away from the immensely powerful feature known as deeply nested tasks. I hope you agree.

    Thank you for all of your work, and good luck with your iOS refactoring.


  5. André Lambelet says:

    Thanks for this improvement!

    I was wondering if there would be a way to use Epics across different projects?

    That would be awesome to keep different projects synced easily.

    Thanks, André

  6. Deeonline says:

    Any ETA on Epics support in iOS apps? It’s been a while (more than a year). Really hurts PT not having them.

    • Ronan Dunlop says:

      Soon after our new API is public… we’ll have Epics support for iOS apps. So when will the API be ready? Our best ETA is that the API will be in public beta in the next few weeks!

      Hope this helps.

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