When you expand the "Work Item Settings" of the "Configuration" tab's "Settings" section, you can control the integration of Timetracker with the time management capabilities of Team Services.
Important: In addition to enabling the settings, below, in order to make automatic completed/remaining work adjustment work, please ensure the following:
- VSTS: Authorize Timetracker in VSTS
- TFS: Set up a valid service account
This is what you will see when you expand the "Work Item Settings" section:
|Select the field used for "estimated effort":||
The value in this field is used to calculate pace. Select the "estimated effort" field in the drop-down list to view the effort and pace calculations on the "Iterations" page.
|Estimated Remaining Time|
|Enable automatic reduction of remaining time for a work item field||
If selected, the time tracked in Timetracker automatically reduces the value in the "Remaining Time" field.
The field remains fully writable by users, so it can be manually adjusted at any time.
This option provides a drop-down list that includes all fields as specified in the WIT (Work Item Template) that can be used with this feature. For additional information, see "Estimated Remaining Time/Work" section, below.
|Enable filling in total tracked time for a work item field||
If selected, the time tracked in Timetracker automatically updates in the "Completed Work" field.
The field remains fully writable by users, so it can be manually edited at any time. However, if a team member tracks 2 hours of time for a work item, the "Complete Work" field is automatically updated to the time that the developer tracked for it.
This option provides a drop-down list, which lists all fields as specified in the WIT (Work Item Template) that can be used with this feature. For additional information, see "Completed Work" section, below.
|Apply||The "Apply" button saves any changes you make in this section and applies them appropriately.|
Estimated Remaining Time/Work
The "Remaining Work" field, which is from Team Foundation Server, helps you keep your burndown organized, and is used by Timetracker to automatically update time left on a particular work item, based on the time you track for it. For example, let's say you estimate your remaining time on a work item to be two (2) hours. When you start tracking time for that work item, the "Remaining Time" field automatically starts decreasing from that estimated time, as soon as you start tracking on it.
You can enable this setting by clicking the "Enable automatic reduction of remaining time for a work item field" checkbox under "Estimated Remaining Time".
7pace Timetracker uses the Completed Work field from your Team Services to display the completed hours for a work item and sub-items.
The "Completed Work" field also provides you with the ability to manually edit time by adding, changing, or deleting time directly in a field. However, if you track time for a work item, then the "Completed Work" field is automatically updated with the total time that is tracked or added for that work item by all team members.
Important: Before you configure the "Completed Work", if this field already contains a value, then Timetracker will overwrite that value and keep updating this field based on your tracking and manual time adjustment. There is no option to prevent overwriting the original value in this field.
You can also configure the "Completed Work" field on a project basis. You can configure your work item template for a particular project in Team Foundation Server and create a new field similar to the "Completed Work" field. Then you can select this new field in the 7pace Timetracker configuration.