What issue tracker / project planner do you guys use?

over 8 years ago from , Designer at Flow

At my current startup, we work with a combination of Google Docs as a daily tracker of tasks with different priorities set and GitHub for tracking bugs and other long term enhancements. As you might have already guessed, this is very inefficient and time consuming.

The business half of our company is in a different time zone, so task tracking happens on more than one documents as well.

We've tried Asana as well as PivotalTracker. To this day, I don't get what people see in Asana. Pivotal was actually a good tool, but requires a lot of day to day tinkering to actually make sense of the tasks and priorities.

What's your tracker of choice for small teams (8-10 people), primarily consisting of developers and some QA people?


  • Matt DowneyMatt Downey, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    At 45royale, we've drifted away from the traditional to-do apps (Basecamp, Trello, etc.) and started using GitHub to assign and keep track of tasks. We wanted a better and easier work flow, so we decided to build something that gave us the look and feel of a to-do app, but with the power and reliability of GitHub. Enter Gitdone.

    If you're already familiar with GitHub, Gitdone helps assign, comment, and keep track of tasks across multiple repositories—as well as enter multiple tasks at once (our favorite feature).

    It's still in beta, but we'd love for you to check it out. Any feedback/advice is always welcome!

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    • Saransh Sinha, over 8 years ago

      Sorry for the late reply, but this looks like awesome! I prefer github issue tracker by a mile and a half, but few others in my team are hesitant since tracking person level tasks are messy. I will definitely check this out, thanks!

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  • Thomas PaillotThomas Paillot, over 8 years ago

    I use Trello with a team of 4 people and it works great for us. We love the fact that it doesn't impose you his way to do things.

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    • Jeff CouturierJeff Couturier, over 8 years ago

      Trello here as well for my design team and others. Engineering still uses PivotalTracker for Agile PM, so I'm in that fairly often as well.

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    • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, over 8 years ago

      ++ to trello. We've used more featureful systems in the past (basecamp, jira, etc.) and have come back to simpler systems that are more flexible.

      Oh — and a bunch of our project organisation also lives on post-it notes on the wall.

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  • Jeffery Bennett, over 8 years ago

    Phabricator is the jam. http://phabricator.org/

    It's free/open source & if it's good enough for Facebook internally, chances are, it'll meet your needs.

    Features: - Issue tracking - Wikis - Design review area - IRC integration - git integration

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  • Jake Hall, over 6 years ago

    If you work with GitHub and need a simple time tracking solution, try to use simple TMetric time tracker it integrates with GitHub. So you will see all your GitHub activity in simple interface of TMetric https://tmetric.com/help/integrations/github-time-tracking/

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  • Gleb SurinovGleb Surinov, over 8 years ago

    Try DoBamBam. Looks nice and has all the needed features.

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  • Bruno FigueiredoBruno Figueiredo, over 8 years ago

    Not an issue tracker by itself but you can assign tasks, attach files and set priorities with it: www.hiveflux.com. We're currently giving away some Studio accounts for one year, so signup and I'll hook you up.

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  • Ryan Hicks, over 8 years ago


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  • Adam T.Adam T., over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    We've been using Jira, and honestly I never got my head around it- the Atlassian website is painfully slow to navigate, especially to view or comment on existing issues. The "dashboards" interface never made it easy to use.

    But I recently got Bee and it's such a great client for Jira. Cleans out all the nonsense from the Jira online dashboard and gives you granular desktop notifications, a really clean design, tons of customization for your lists, etc. Plus is just piggybacks on Jira so any changes you made are instantly available to the team regardless of what client they use. I believe an iOS app is in the works as well.


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  • Matt VMatt V, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Mantis Bug Tracker is awesome. I've used it on a large scale websie with a decent amount of collaborators. However, it is not good for beginner users. The interface is ugly and there are buttons/options everywhere. I do prefer this over Pivotal and Asana.

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  • Joakim KeussenJoakim Keussen, over 8 years ago

    Wunderlist! It's perfect for assigning bugs and you can have different lists for different part of the product etc.

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