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Story tasks in Pivotal Tracker

At Pivotal Labs, we like to keep our Tracker stories as small as possible, so that each story describes a single, concrete feature that delivers incremental value to our project’s customer. With small stories, there is rarely a need to break things down further, but sometimes it’s still useful to keep a to-do list while working on a story. This helps keep track of all the little things you have to do, and lets everyone else on the project know exactly what’s left.

tracker dashboard

To enable story tasks for your project, go to project settings, and check the ‘enable tasks’ option under Experimental. You should then be able to add tasks to stories, under the description field. Hover over a task to edit it, delete it, or move it up and down. You can also check off a task when it’s complete, but task status does not affect overall story status.

Story tasks can be viewed and updated via the API.

As always, we look forward to your feedback. If story tasks are popular, we’ll enable them for all projects, by default.

  1. Steve Breen says:

    Great timing. I was just pitching PT to some co-workers and the tasks “thing” came up. Looking forward to playing with this a bit.

  2. Hugo Barauna says:

    Awesome! I love Tracker and that tasks feature just make me love it more! =D

    Keep with the great work guys!

  3. Josh Knowles says:

    Nice job guys, this was on my top 3 list of things that tracker needed to help adoption at the current gig.

  4. mlambie says:

    This is a fantastic addition – our developers will be very happy about this.

  5. Paul says:

    Awesome addition! I wish the field were less dominating when no tasks are present.

  6. Petyo Ivanov says:

    This is a great feature, but I can easily see it getting abused and overused :(. Please provide a way to disable it.

  7. It would be nice if a particular task has become too difficult to have a button to break that task off into its own story.

  8. Arpit says:

    Is there a way to see who completed the tasks? We are using tasks to assign responsibilities for UAT, code review, etc. It would be useful to look at a story and see who completed all those tasks? Thanks.

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