7pace Timetracker benefits for developers, cloud-based authorization via tokens or personal access tokens (PAT), and help and support options
7pace Timetracker is a professional full-feature time recording and management solution that seamlessly integrates with Azure DevOps Server (on-prem) and DevOps Services (cloud) . 7pace Timetracker allows software teams in small to enterprise-sized companies plan, estimate, and record time directly in DevOps without having to leave your environment.
After installing 7pace Timetracker (cloud) to your DevOps Services account, the "7pace Timetracker" menu will display as part of your DevOps Services side menu bar. 7pace Timetracker consists of a web server interface that allows you to add, edit, import, export, approve, and manage the time of individual team members and the whole team. You also have the option to download either the Windows and Mac app. These apps can be installed on your local system, allowing you to select a work item and then track time spent on that particular work item via a start/stop watch-style interface.
IMPORTANT: The ability to track time without associating that time to specific work items is set to ON by default to allow users to track time on non-work-related or impromptu items. You can change this within the Settings page of 7pace Timetracker > Rules -> Tracking Details.
The web app is available from within the Timetracker web UI of DevOps, allowing you to start tracking right from any work item, without any additional action required. You can use multiple desktops, run the Windows or Mac app everywhere or just open your browser; you'll see a synced time interface that you can control from wherever you are.
7pace Timetracker has its own permission and subscription management, is fully customizable, and will work with even the most complex work item template (WIT).
7pace Timetracker for Devs
Designed with you, the developer, in mind, 7pace Timetracker lets you quickly and easily enter and track time directly on work items within the same environment in which you work, without the need for complex or time-consuming external time-logging. This integration between work done and time tracked lets you know exactly how much time you are spending on your work items, leading to better estimation, and more efficient time management. You can see individual pace, remaining time, and decreasing burndown.
You can start tracking in real time or add and edit time after-the-fact, as needed. The keyboard-optimized Timesheet page analyzes your sprint board and shows you a weekly view of tracked time. Keyboard optimization, a spreadsheet-like list editor and blue cells (that display when a corresponding work item is "in progress" and assigned to you) make it easy to fill in your timesheet at the end of the week. You can also manually add, edit or submit weekly time on the Monthly page, which features a calendar interface. A fully-integrated web app and/or the optional, downloadable Windows or Mac desktop apps work together or on their own to accurately track your time. You simply search for and select a work item, click start, and the time you spend working on that item is captured without having to give it a second thought. You can also track time on work items without an DevOps ID and can even import time logged in Excel on the Times Explorer page.
7pace Timetracker for managers
The ease with which devs can enter and track time on work items right within their own work environment with 7pace Timetracker results in exceptionally accurate, real-time data quality that is invaluable to you, as a manager. The high quality of instantaneous data closes the gap on uncertainty and error and results in 7pace Timetracker-driven burndown and built-in reporting functionality that is powerful and insightful. 7pace Timetracker's integrated reports provide you with important details on the health of each software iteration or sprint. You can see how much time the team spent on each work item, which team members completed which task(s), the current burndown rate, and if things are progressing on-time and on-budget. In addition to approving time for your team members on the "Approval" tab, you can also close or lock weeks for future time entry or editing.
There are many options for managers to transport data-driven knowledge to their team, fellow managers or customers. A custom budgets component can be connected to iterations, releases, features, work items, and to single worklogs. The Budgets page of Timetracker acts as a powerful analytic and reporting tool, provides you with a completely transparent, real-time view of where work efforts flow, and assists you in billing your own customers. On the Times Explorer page, you can preview worklogs before assigning them to budgets, select, filter, and group columns to suit your needs, and add, edit, import and export (from Excel) individual or batch worklogs. The REST accessible Reporting API, based on OAuth and OData, supports analytics tools like PowerBI and permits integration with systems like Project Server. WYSIWYG and rich data export provides managers with Excel-based data for additional processing.
Authorizing 7pace Timetracker for DevOps Services (cloud) - authorize with OAuth
With the implementation of 7pace's web app, Timetracker now tracks time on a server. This means that even when you finish your work, close your browser, and go home for the day, 7pace Timetracker keeps tracking time for you in the background (you can configure settings for 7pace Timetracker's Web and Windows/Mac desktop apps in the Time Tracking section of the Settings page). As soon as you re-open 7pace Timetracker or the Windows or Mac apps, you will see actual tracked time from the moment you clicked the Start Tracking button.
To enable this functionality, 7pace Timetracker uses tokens. You'll need to authorize our application in order to download our Windows or Mac apps, use our web app, and other features within 7pace Timetracker.
There are two ways to do this: OAuth or Personal Access Token (For more information on both, click here).
OAuth may be a more seamless, short-term method in that the token refreshes itself automatically and frequently. The only potential drawback may occur if something goes wrong during the refresh tokens process, which will render your token unusable, and will require you to issue it again. With the Personal Access Token method of authorization, you have to manually reissue the token, but it remains valid for a period of up to one (1) year.
1. When you first open 7pace Timetracker, you'll notice the following authorization screen:
2. Click the Authorize now button.
The following permissions screen will display:
3. Follow the instructions, above, to authorize 7pace Timetracker.
You'll now be able to use and/or pair the Windows or Mac apps with your current account and use the 7pace Timetracker web app.
You may also see this yellow badge if your token has expired or been deleted.
4. Click Authorize and follow the prompts to re-authorize.
Authorizing 7pace Timetracker for DevOps Services (cloud) - authorize with Personal Access Token (PAT)
1. On the Authorize 7pace Timetracker page, click on the Authorize button.
A popup window opens, allowing you to choose your authorization method.
2. Click on the Authorize (Personal Access Token) tab.
3. Follow the screen instructions to authorize by PAT.
Left your desk and forgot to switch off tracking? If enabled, 7pace Timetracker will send you an email notification when tracking was stopped by the system due to no response from you during activity prompts. All users can set up their own personal preferences for email notifications within the Settings page.
For more information, please see the Time Tracking article within our user documentation.
Our App API is now fully documented and available to the public. You can develop your own app or connect 7pace Timetracker to existing automations in your IT landscape.
For more information, please see 7pace Timetracker API Reference in our user documentation.
Work item automation in 7pace Timetracker
When you click on Work Item Automation within 7pace Timetracker's Settings page, you can control the integration of 7pace Timetracker with the time management capabilities of Azure DevOps.
For more information, please see Work Item Automation: 7pace Timetracker.
Help and support: How to get It, where to find it
You can check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or the latest Release History updates in our Knowledge Base section. You can browse through our Documentation library. You can join our Community and submit a Feature Request or Issue Report.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Have a question about our application? Chances are that other customers have as well. You might just find the answer under Frequently Asked Questions.
Want the latest updates on new functionality, improvements, and fixed issues in 7pace Timetracker? Check out our "Release History" section.
Read our documentation for detailed information about using and configuring 7pace Timetracker for DevOps Services / Server. Our documentation is a living, breathing entity and just like our application itself, is frequently changing and improving. Don't hesitate to let us know if there is something you feel is missing from our documentation or that needs updating.
How can we improve 7pace Timetracker? What features would you like to see included in future implementations?
We invite you to submit a Feature Request.
Submit a support request
Receive support on the very latest version of 7pace Timetracker here.
7pace Timetracker demo video
7pace Timetracker webinar: common FAQs
We have a Webinar about frequently asked questions regarding Timetracker which covers the following topics:
- What are the ways I can add time into 7pace Timetracker
- Why am I seeing a ‘this door is locked’ message? and user management basics
- How do I compare estimations with actual time spent?
- What are budgets, and what do they help us do?
- What are the functionalities of reporting?
- How do we use 7pace Timetracker to track their internally billable (chargeback) software development work?