7pace Timetracker's integration with Azure DevOps lets you "Start Tracking" directly from a work item or backlog, see time spent, pace, and activities
The Work Item "7pace Timetracker" Tab
7pace Timetracker is fully integrated with your DevOps 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 "7pace Timetracker" tab - which shows the total time spent by you and your team members on that work item and all child items.
The "7pace Timetracker" 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 Time" dialog box renders certain fields, like the "Person" (name) and "Work Item" fields as read-only. These fields automatically populate with the signed-in user's name in the "Person" field and with the current work item ID. These fields are only editable on the "Times Explorer" page, so a manager can add time for his/her team members.
If the "Activity Types" feature is enabled by an admin on the "Settings" page -> "Activity Types, the "7pace Timetracker" tab will display any time tracked to work items that have been assigned an activity category under a section called "Activities".
Here is a breakdown of the "7pace Timetracker" tab within a work item and its main features:
Total time (in hours) tracked for the work item, including time logged for all child items.
The pace at which the task is performed. This number is calculated by dividing the number of tracked hours by estimated effort. To learn more on enabling pace settings within Timetracker, click here.
When clicked, displays the "Add Time" dialog box so you can add time directly to the work item. For more information, click here.
In the lower left quadrant of the window, you'll see the work item, total time tracked for the parent and all child items. Clicking on the icon opens the work item details on the Times Explorer page.
The total time tracked for the specific work item.
The pace of the person working on the item is shown only for the PBI type work item. To learn more on enabling pace settings within Timetracker, click here.
In the lower right quadrant of the work item window, the users who tracked time for the work item display. The activity type of each user also displays if an admin has enabled the activity type feature in Settings. Hovering over each configured color in the bar shows a tool tip with the time tracked to that specific activity type.
The time logged toward each configured activity type .
You assign budgets to work items from the 7pace Timetracker Tab in the work item form. You can also view budget inheritance information directly from the 7pace Timetracker tab. For more information, click here.
The Work Item "Start Tracking" and "Add Time" buttons
Once 7pace Timetracker is installed and you click on a work item in DevOps Services, you will notice that "Start Tracking" and "Add Time" buttons display (see screen shot, below) on the resulting work item details window.
Clicking the "Start Tracking" button will open the 7pace Timetracker for Windows App (if you have downloaded and paired it from the "Apps" page) and also initiates tracking on the Web App for that work item.
Clicking the "Add Time" button will open the Add Time dialog, with the person selector defaulting to the current user. The ability to select a person other than yourself from this field is based on your permissions. The date is set to the current date by default but can be edited; the activity type is set to the default value but can also be edited.
The Work Item "Details" Page: When you open a work item to view or edit its details, you will see the Start Tracking and Add Time buttons.
The Backlog "Start Tracking" and "Add Time" Buttons
In 7pace Timetracker, the “Start Tracking” and "Add Time" buttons are also available directly from any of the DevOps Server and DevOps Services Backlog pages (Backlog, Queries, Boards, etc.) in the work item context menu.
From the 7pace Timetracker selection, clicking "Start Tracking" will kick off time tracking throughout Timetracker – and you will see the results of this action in the Web App, work item form, and in the downloadable Windows or Mac Apps.
Clicking "Add Time" will open the Add Time dialog, with the person selector defaulting to the current user. The ability to select a person other than yourself from this field is based on your permissions. The date is set to the current date by default but can be edited; the activity type is set to the default value but can also be edited.