Filter by current project, iteration or your items, use blue cells to add and submit time on 7pace Timetracker's keyboard-optimized "Timesheet" page
The "Timesheet" page provides an alternate method of viewing, managing, and entering your work time details on a weekly basis. Time you've tracked displays with the work items associated with that time listed in rows, and the days of the week presented in columns. The design of the page allows you to view the work items you've tracked or entered time on during a given week, the level of effort assigned to PBIs, features, and epics, the total time you've tracked for all work items, as well as the total hours logged on a work item on a given day or for the current week. Like an Excel spreadsheet, each cell in the "Timesheet" table can contain single or multiple worklogs.
Timesheet Filters Bar
In an effort to optimize performance on the "Timesheet" page, some changes have been made to the original page filters to reduce page load time, starting with Timetracker 5.1. If the DevOps organization is large, it creates requests that take a long time for DevOps Services to get information on all projects and all Iterations within those projects and then all work items within those iterations. In order to see the "View by This Week's Iterations" option, please ensure that the "Current Project" filter is checked/enabled. This will show all iteration work items, but only for the current project. You can also filter by "My Items Only".
- All filters disabled - With no filters checked, the page will display only work items that you have already tracked time on during the selected week. Results will display on the page quickly, as only those work items on which you have tracked time will show.
- "Current project" selected - With "Current Project" enabled, the results will show only items from the currently selected project (work items with time tracks from different projects will be filtered out). Therefore, page results may display even faster.
- "View by This Week's Iterations" is ON - With this option enabled, the system will search for and add all active iterations and all work items of those iterations to the Timesheet results, in addition to building and processing its relations tree. This filter may slow page load time if you have a large project and a lot of active iterations/work items. Note: This filter is available only if the “Current project” filter is checked.
- "My Items Only" is selected - With this filter enabled, the system will filter out the previous request and will display work items that are assigned directly to you. This significantly reduces the number of work items and decreases the load time of the page. Note: This filter is available only if the “Current project” filter is checked.
- "Show items from ..." is enabled - With this option enabled, the page shows work items from previous weeks even if there are no tracks assigned to these items in the displayed week. This makes the process of filling your timesheet easier if you work on the same items for multiple weeks. Once enabled, you can choose to show items from 1 week, 2 weeks or 4 weeks prior to the current week.
Blue Highlighted Cells
- You might notice that some cells within your timesheet are highlighted with a bold blue background. This means that during this period, the corresponding work item had an "In progress" state and was assigned to you, the current user. This makes it easy to add your time at the end of any given week (see number 17, below).
- Rows highlighted with a light blue background indicates that there are items without worklogs during this week; they are displayed because the "Show items from previous weeks" option is enabled.
You can add, edit, and delete (and even submit) time in a variety of ways on this page, which are outlined in more detail, below. Any changes or additions made on the "Timesheet" page are fully integrated with the rest of Timetracker and DevOps Server/DevOps Services.
The "Timesheet" page is also keyboard-optimized. Just by using the "Tab", "Enter" and arrow keys on your keyboard, you can navigate everywhere within the timesheet, and add or edit your time. For additional and more detailed information on Keyboard Shortcuts and on the "Timesheet" page in general, please scroll below.
Clicking on this opens the "Add Time" dialog box, which can be configured in different modes: Timeframe, Duration or Mixed mode.
An administrator can configure different modes on your behalf under "Settings" -> Rules.
Date range of the current week
If you are viewing a week that is not the current one, the "Current Week" link is enabled.
You can expand or collapse the items that display on the page by one level for a more concise or more detailed view.
Filters the page results to the current project only. Enabling this allows you to also view and/or select the selections "View by This Week's Iterations" (choose "On" or "Off") and when you turn "View by This Week's Iterations" to "On", you also have the option to enable the filter "My Items Only".
"View by This Week's Iterations"
Turning this "On" filters the page by the current week's iterations. This will show all iteration work items for the current project. This action also displays the "My Items Only" checkbox.
If "View by This Week's Iterations" is off, then only your items with worklogs remain.
"My Items Only"
With this "On", the page is filtered by current project, "By Iterations" view and by items assigned to the user. You can then easily view and add your time to the items that have been assigned to you. With this selection turned "Off", the page populates with the items assigned to the whole team.
The effort value assigned to PBIs, features, and epics.
The total time that you have tracked for the work item up until the present time.
The () icon indicates that you have not entered time or only have a single worklog for that work item ID on that day.
When you click this icon, the "Add Time" dialog box opens with the worklog details. Here, you can add, edit or delete worklogs and it fully integrates with the rest of Dev Ops Server/Services and 7pace Timetracker.
If you make any changes, click the Save button to have those changes reflected on the timesheet.
Note: For single worklogs per work item ID per day, you can directly edit or delete a worklog in the table cell, similar to an Excel spreadsheet. Simply double-click within the cell and start typing the new time from your keyboard. To delete the worklog, go to that cell and press the Delete key from the keyboard.
The time that you tracked or added for the work item on that day.
Bold blue cells
Blue cells within the Timesheet table highlight Tasks, Bugs, User Stories and PBIs that are assigned to the current, logged-in user. It highlights only days when these items were "In Progress" (or a similar state, depending on your specific template).
If your data and sprint backlog is in good shape, the user only has to fill in the blue cells at the end of the week.
Please note that if a particular task is assigned to you until just Wednesday during a given week, for example, and then for the remainder of the week, that task is assigned to a different team member, your timesheet will only be highlighted in blue for that task until Wednesday.
|13||"Week is in progress" / "Submit for Approval"
The status of the current week's timesheet ("Week is submitted for approval" displays if you have already sent your timesheet to your manager, etc.).
"Submit for Approval"
The button to submit your timesheet for approval displays when you hover over "Week is in progress". A pop-up window will then display to allow you to choose your approval manager. Once your timesheet is submitted, this button will then display as "Week is submitted for approval". Hovering over this will allow you to "Revoke submission" any time before your manager approves your timesheet.
Once your manager approves your submitted timesheet, the Timesheet table becomes read-only for that week. If you open the "Add Time" dialog box, all worklogs will display in read-only mode.
The total time that you spent on each work item during that week.
The total time that you spent for each work item on each day in the week.
"Show items from" previous week / previous 2 weeks / previous 4 weeks
This option displays work items from previous weeks, even if there are no tracks assigned to these items in the displayed week. This makes filling the timesheet easier for users who work on the same items for more than one week. Items from previous weeks are highlighted by a light blue color within the Timesheet grid.
Light blue rows
Some work item rows are highlighted in light blue to indicate that the "Show items from" option is enabled. This means that these work items don't have worklogs assigned during the current week, but do have worklogs on the previous 1, 2, or 4 weeks, depending on the setting.
Show parents / Hide parents
This dropdown control allows you to choose one of two modes:
The following table lists the keyboard shortcuts that you can use on the "Timesheet" page to quickly perform various operations.
|Ctrl + Del||Removes the worklog from the "Add Time" dialog box.|
|Ctrl + S||Saves the worklog entries in the "Add Time" dialog box.|
Left, Right, Up, Down arrows
|Easily navigates within in the Timesheet table and "Add Time" dialog box.|
In the Timesheet table:
The "Timesheet" page allows you to add your time on a weekly basis. You can:
- Click the "Add Time" link at the top-left of the "Timesheet" page and use the "Add Time" dialog box to enter your time details.
- Double-click within a table cell and add time directly within that cell.
- Click the ( or ) icons within the table cells and use the "Add Time" dialog box to enter your time details.
Note: If “Prevent Time Entry Against Closed Items” is enabled under “Settings” -> “Rules”, you will see "This workitem is closed" when you hover over a corresponding cell:
Add time with the "Add Time" link
1. On the Timesheet page, click the Add Time link.
2. Fill in the fields that display that your admin has configured in Settings.
3. Click the Save button.
Add Time Directly Within the Timesheet Table
1. Double-click in an empty or single-time entry table cell where you want to add or edit time.
The cell becomes an editable textbox.
- Enter your time in
- Use the arrow keys to select hours and minutes.
2. Press Tab or Enter on your keyboard to save the time entry.
Add Time with the "Add Time" list editor
You'll notice that the Timesheet table features icons ( and ) in its table cells. The () icon indicates that there is either no time entry or just a single time entry in that cell. the () icon indicates that there are multiple time entries within that cell.
1. Click on the () icon or the () icon within a cell.
e "Add Time" dialog box shows multiple time entries (you can add up to five (5) time entries here).
- Length: The duration of your work.
- Start: The start time of your work.
- Activity Type: Displays when enabled in "Settings". You can categorize your time entries by the activity types created by your administrator.
- Comment: Any extra information relevant to your time entry.
4. Click "Save".
Editing and deleting time
If a cell in the "Timesheet" table contains a single worklog (), you can click directly in that cell and delete the worklog using just the delete key on your keyboard. Clicking within a single worklog or blank cell also turns it into a text editor, so you add or edit time directly in the cell, also using your keyboard. If a cell contains multiple worklogs (), the "Add Time" text editor box opens when you click "Delete" on your keyboard, allowing you to delete worklogs one-by-one.
You can also delete single or multiple worklogs by clicking on the () or () icons within a cell, which opens the "Add time" text editor box. This allows you to delete worklogs with the "Remove row" () icon.
Note: If a user is tracking time and edits (removes) the worklog currently being tracked by the Windows Client or Timetracker Web Client, the system will automatically stop tracking.
Also, if “Prevent Time Entry Against Closed Items” is enabled under “Settings” -> “Rules”, you will see "This workitem is closed" when you hover over a corresponding cell.
1. In the Timesheet table, navigate to a table cell with a single worklog ()and click within the cell.
2. From your keyboard, press the Delete key.
The time entry is deleted immediately.
3. Tap the "Enter" key
The deletion is complete.
4. Now, navigate to a table cell with multiple worklogs () and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
The "Add Time" text editor box displays.
5. Click the Remove row () icon on the worklog(s) you want to delete.
The time entry/row is removed.
6. Click the Save button.
The deletion is saved.
7. You can also delete time on the Timesheet page by clicking on either a single-time entry () icon or a multiple-icon entry () icon.
This causes the "Add Time" dialog box to display.
8. Click the Remove row () icon on the worklog(s) you want to delete.
The time entry/row is removed.
9. Click the Save button.
The deletion is saved.
Submitting and revoking time
Submitting your time
1. Click the icon beside "Week is in progress".
2. Click "Submit for approval".
3. Select your approval manager from the "Send for approval to" dropdown and then click the blue "Send for approval" button.
The timesheet is submitted for approval. The week's status and button change accordingly.
Revoking your time
4. (Optional) Hover over the "Submitted for approval" icon if you want to make changes to your submitted timesheet, before it is approved by your manager.
5. Click the blue "Revoke submission" button.
The status of the week changes to "Week is reopened". The timesheet is revoked and you can now make changes to it.