After installing 7pace Timetracker for VSTS to your Team Services account, the "Time" tab will display on your Team Services menu bar. Clicking on this "Time" tab will display the 7pace Timetracker sub-tabs that your administrator set for you, but at the minimum, as a user of Timetracker, you should have access to the "Monthly", "Timesheet" and "Times Explorer" (Personal Data Only) sub-tabs. Depending on your permission level (whether or not you are a manager and/or an administrator), the "Approval", "Times Explorer", "Iterations", "Budgets" and "Configuration" sub-tabs may also be available.
With Timetracker 4, we introduce "Server Side Tracking" – where time tracking happens on the server and synchronizes over all platforms and devices. There is a Web Client built into the VSTS/TFS web interface of Timetracker 4 that allows you to start tracking right from any work item, without any additional action required.
In the "Web Access for Team Members" section, we will provide articles on each sub-tab within the "Time" tab that pertain mainly to team members, and in the "Web Access for Managers" section, we will run through the sub-tabs that mostly focus on manager functions. Below, are screen shots of the "Time" tab and its sub-tabs:
|1||The "Time" menu of 7pace Timetracker for VSTS, which appears on the main menu bar.|
|2||The Timetracker menu bar.|
|3||The sub-menu, if available, (e.g. the Configuration menu of Timetracker).|
|4||The page title corresponding to the selected sub-menu.|
The Work Item "Start Tracking" Button
Once Timetracker is installed and you click on a work item in Team Services, you will notice that a "Start Tracking" button displays (see screen shot, below) on the resulting work item details window. Clicking this button will open the Timetracker Windows (if you have downloaded and paired it from the "Monthly" page) and also initiate tracking on the Web Client for that work item immediately. This functionality epitomizes the ease, efficiency, and immediacy of Timetracker: a developer simply opens a work item to which he/she is assigned and with one click of the "Start Tracking" button, time is being tracked on that item.
The Work Item "Details" Page: When you open a work item to view or edit its details, you will see the Start Tracking button.
Important: For the Start Tracking button to work, you must install the Windows Client and pair it with your Team Foundation Server.
The Work Item "Time" Tab
7pace Timetracker is fully integrated with your Team Services account. Throughout each sub-tab of Timetracker or your Team Services account, any time you click on a work item, the work item "Details" popup window displays. On this window, an additional tab displays when you have 7pace Timetracker - the "Time" tab - which shows the total time spent by you and your team members on that work item and all child items.
The "Time" tab also features an Add Time button that enables you to add time directly to a work item. This "Add Time" button can also be found on the "Monthly" and "Times Explorer" pages and as "New Time" on the "Timesheet" page. When you click on "Add Time" within a work item and on the "Monthly" page or "New Time" on the "Timesheet" page, the resulting "Add/Edit Time Record" dialog box renders certain fields, like the "Person" (name) and "TFS ID" fields as read-only. These fields automatically populate with the signed-in user's name in the "Person" field and with the current TFS ID. These fields are only editable on the "Times Explorer" page, so a manager can add time for his/her team members. For more information, see "Monthly" Page: Adding, Editing or Deleting a Time Record.
If the "Activity Types" feature is enabled by an admin in your "Configuration" tab, the "Time" tab display any time tracked to work items that have been assigned an activity category like this:
Here is a breakdown of the "Time" tab within a work item and its main features:
|Total||Total time (in hours) tracked for the work item, including time logged for all child items.|
|Add Time||Displays the "Add/Edit Time Record" dialog box so you can add time directly to the work item.|
|Work Item||In the lower left quadrant of the work item window, you will see the work item is highlighted with a blue bar and displays total time tracked for the parent and all child items. The first work item in the list shows a full blue bar. For other work items, the blue bar is shown based on their tracked time, with reference to the first work item in the list.|
|Hours||The total time tracked for the specific work item.|
|Pace||The pace of the person working on the work item is shown only for the PBI type work item.|
|Team||In the lower right quadrant of the work item window, the users who tracked the time for the work item display. Each user is highlighted with a blue bar. The first user in the list shows a full blue bar. For other users, the blue bar is shown based on their tracked time, with reference to the first user in the list.|