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We are looking for a management software which suits a software startup perfectly.

We are using GitHub as version control. We do bug tracking with GitHub issues. All we want is to avoid data duplication and control everything from one place. For example, if we open a issue from GitHub and assign to someone, we don't want to create a task in another project management solution (like Zoho) manually. Management should not be an overhead and boring paperwork (e.g. syncing tasks from multiple locations by hand).

Operating system is not important. Budget not important.

We tried so far:

  • GitHub issues, lacking business management.

  • Zoho, heavyweight and a lot of unnecessary features.

There are dozens of alternatives in market so exhaustively searching was not feasible, then I decided to ask. I would be glad if you share your experience and recommendations. Why you choose a software over the other one etc.

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    The Stack Exchange sites are not aimed at open-ended or long-winded discussions. The idea is specific answers to narrowly focused questions. Please edit to list your very specific requirements and constraints. Or delete the Question to avoid down-votes and closure. – Basil Bourque Jun 22 '17 at 17:30
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    "All-in-one", "lightweight": choose one. – Kodiologist Jun 23 '17 at 4:15
  • @Kodiologist All-in-one. If possible lightweight too. No more no less, just perfect fit, if possible. – ferit Jun 23 '17 at 4:46
  • What are you trying to manage? I see the project-management tag, but I also see mention of GitHub :-/ Are you looking for version control, bug tracking, project planning (Gantt charts, etc), requirements tracking, all of these, more? Do you have a particular operating system in mind? Do you have a budget, or must it be free? The more information that you provide, the more that we can help you. As it stands, I have no idea what you are asking for – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jul 1 '17 at 8:42
  • @Mawg We are trying to manage a software startup. We are using Github as version control. We do bug tracking with Github issues. Operating system is not important. Budget not important. All we want is to avoid data duplication and control everything from one place. For example, if we open a issue from Github and assign to someone, we don't want to create a task in another project management solution (like Zoho) manually. Management should not be an overhead and boring paperwork (E.g. Syncing tasks from multiple locations by hand). – ferit Jul 1 '17 at 11:05
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I have been using Pivotal Tracker, which is extremely lightweight but allows you track user stories, bugs and chores. It has some integration with github available as well. The interface (web based) is very clean. They also have a decent iOS app. There is some basic reporting. The downside is that epics are little more than an aggregation tag.

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  • Thanks for sharing, upvoted. – ferit Jul 14 '17 at 13:45
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Full disclosure: I am the founder & CEO of Comb

We built Comb because we wanted a simple issue tracker that got out of our way and allowed us to go fast. Comb forces you to prioritize your tasks, and then assigns them in-order to team members (when they request work), according to a set of user-defined rules that allow you to spread work across the team in a way that makes sense (e.g. by skill level, difficulty of the task, subsystem, front-end/back-end, etc.).

Comb is designed to be flexible and can be customized according to your workflow. We have some built-in integrations, but you can integrate Comb to almost any system, and synchronizing Github to Comb is easy.

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