Pivotal Labs

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Pivotal Labs
Division of Pivotal Software
Industry Software development
Founded 1989
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people
Drew McManus, VP
Products Pivotal Tracker
Website pivotal.io/labs
Engineers pairing at Pivotal Labs

Pivotal Labs is an agile software development consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company develops Pivotal Tracker workflow software. It is a division of Pivotal Software, and has offices around the world.


The company was founded in 1989 by Rob Mee and Sherry Erskine.[1] In 2008 Pivotal Labs released Pivotal Tracker, which is used as their internal project management and collaboration software. That year, Pivotal Tracker won the Jolt Product Excellence Award in the Project Management category.[2] In March 2012, Pivotal Labs was acquired by EMC.[3]

In October 2013, Pivotal Labs acquired Toronto-based Xtreme Labs, a mobile app development company.[4]


Clients include Groupon, Best Buy,[5] Mavenlink, Netflix, Southwest Airlines, Twitter, and Zendesk.[6]


Pivotal has offices in Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington, DC.[7]

Development platform[edit]

Pivotal Labs promotes Lean and XP software development, which includes pair programming, test-driven development and behavior driven development. Traditionally Ruby on Rails focused, Pivotal Labs now covers a wide range of technologies, languages and frameworks.[citation needed]

Pivotal Tracker[edit]

Pivotal Tracker
Pivotal tracker logo.png
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Pivotal Tracker Project Screenshot
Developer(s) Pivotal Labs
Operating system Web-based
Type Project management
Website www.pivotaltracker.com

Pivotal Tracker is Pivotal Labs' software as a service product for agile project management and collaboration. In July 2011,[needs update] Pivotal Tracker had over 250,000 registered users.[citation needed][8]

The tool includes file sharing and task management, velocity tracking and iteration planning; release markers; and progress charts. There is an API[9] for extensions and third party tools.[10]


  1. ^ "Pivotal Labs Team". Pivotal Labs. 
  2. ^ "Pivotal Labs Wins Prestigious 2008 Jolt Award". newsblaze.com. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ "EMC Acquires Pivotal Labs". EMC. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  4. ^ Swisher, Kara. "In a Big Mobile Move, Pivotal Buys Xtreme Labs for $65 Million in Cash". AllThingsD.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Inside Pivotal Labs, the Agile Force Behind Twitter and Groupon". GigaOM. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Pivotal Labs Customers". 
  7. ^ "Office Locations - Pivotal Labs". Pivotal Labs. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Pivotal Tracker: The iPod of project management software". venturehacks.com. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  9. ^ "Pivotal Tracker API". Pivotal Labs. 
  10. ^ "Pivotal Tracker Third Party Tools". Pivotal Labs. 

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