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Attach git commits to pivotal stories
08 Apr 2013

I heard about 10 different ways to organize work flow around pivotaltracker and git and about 5 gems to support that process. All of them seems abusing for me: the outcome of pivotal/git integration is a git commit attached to pivotal story and the rest of conventions like naming branches or merge policy doesn’t make any sense in long time perspective and is just a waste of time in fact.

That’s why I’ve decided to make the most trivial integration that covers this idea and don’t provide additional complexity: Meet git-storyid gem - the only one git/pivotaltracker integration that saves your time.


gem install git-storyid


git storyid -m "Initial implementation of campaign tags"
# Api token ( a56f0e9a4fbXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
# Use SSL (y/n): y
# Your pivotal initials (e.g. BG): BG
# Project ID: 494XXX

Now interactive menu is displayed to select one of Started stories owned by you:

[1] Removing Billing Page
[2] Welcome Email
[3] Email Shares -  Capture
[4] Speed up activities by dates aggregation
[5] Mass Email to Customer List - thurs AM
[6] Investigate production error
[7] Tag campaign insertion points

Indexes(csv): 7
[campaign-tags 3020407]  [#44116647] Initial implementation of campaign tags
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

Result commit:

commit 3020407e92cb125083cf50ad494ff15169a7f2e6
Author: Bogdan Gusiev <>
Date:   Fri Mar 15 12:42:32 2013 +0200

[#44116647] Initial implementation of campaign tags

Feature: Tag campaign insertion points and 
campaigns with an identifier, 
so only campaigns with matching identifier will get shown

How should I name branches?

Branch names is not something that you should focus on. Unlike commit messages, branches are removed from history after merge. That is why you should name them in a way that takes less of your time. I personally prefer to have only one branch for myself called bogdandev when I work on a project. When the feature is not done - there is no sense to work on another feature.

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