Throughout this blog, we are going to review the top Timesheet and Reporting add-ons for JIRA that are currently on the Atlassian Marketplace. Addteq uses both of these add-ons daily for internal and client use cases. These two add-ons are Tempo Timesheets and All-In-One-Reports for JIRA.
Sometimes, tracking your time can be a monotonous task. With the Tempo Timesheets, time tracking is now effortless. According to Tempo Timesheet's official documentation:
"Tempo Timesheets is a time tracking and reporting solution that seamlessly integrates with JIRA to help teams and managers track time for accounting, payroll, client billing; all while having enhanced efficiency and forecasting."
Logging employee's time helps organizations track time spent on certain projects. Which in turn, can help organizations to grasp a better understanding of their ROI. Usually, an employee in an organization will be given an issue to work on within a project, the individual will log work on the issue that is assigned to them. The work that is logged will get reflected in Tempo Timesheets, which will then allow the individual to submit the timesheet for approval to their manager. Similarly, the individual can log work on other issues to manage their time spent for particular tasks. Organizations also use Tempo Timesheets for categorizing client's accounts that need to be billed for a certain project.
Recently, Addteq has received a ton of requests regarding a way to manage employee time as well as customer facing time in JIRA. We did not hesitate to recommend Tempo Timesheets. Because of the add-on's efficiency of a simple UI for logging work, we stressed to our clients how this add-on would benefit managers, customers and the employees working with the organization.
Tempo Timesheets allows users to log their time in a three different ways. Some of the ways a user can log their time is by:
1. Logging work through individual tickets using the user timesheet
2. Logging work through the Worklog Calendar view
3. Logging work directly into JIRA issues
There are ways that a user can work in Tempo Timesheets to allow proper organization of their working time. For example, with the Planning Time feature the manager can plan time for their assignee. The assignee can also plan time for themselves and have it sent for approval to their manager.
Timesheet Approvals- The timesheet approval process is an integral step for Tempo Timesheets. Once the user sends their timesheet for approval to their manager, the manager can use this screen to approve or deny the work that the employee had logged.
Once the Timesheet has been logged, the user can view the timesheet in four different ways. Each view allows the user to customize the date set in which they want to see the data.
1. User Timesheet View
This view allows the user to see their entire timesheet for that selected week.
2. Project Timesheet View
This view allows the user to see a timesheet from a certain project. This view is useful when a user needs to see how much time was logged to a particular project.
3. Team Timesheet View
This view allows the user to see a timesheet for a specific team. This view is useful when a user needs to see how much time was logged for a team of employees.
4. Issue Timesheet View
This view allows the user to see a timesheet for a chosen issue (ticket). This view is useful when a user needs to see the time logged for a specific issue.
In order to implement the account portion of Tempo Timesheets, Tempo Accounts needs to be activated in your environment. Because the Accounts Timesheet depends on a user's Projects Permissions in JIRA, the accounts that are shown in these views may differ. A user might also have to request certain permissions if an Account is not listed. The Accounts Timesheet in Tempo Timesheets can be broken down into two views; the reports view and the lists view.
1. Reports View
The reports view serves as an overview for accounts and shows a user three important pieces to time tracking. The first is which projects are associated with certain accounts. The second is which project has already been billed for employee time and how many billable hours there are. And the third is which projects still have estimated, planned or remaining times. This view is perfect for an administrator who needs to understand the financial details for employee time in a project.
2. Lists View
Like the reports view, the lists view shows you the three important pieces to time tracking in JIRA. With this view though, it breaks down each issue in an account and lists the logged employee time associated.
With the help of Tempo Timesheets, you can build customized time tracking JIRA dashboards in real-time. JIRA Dashboards come out of the box with JIRA, however, once Tempo Timesheets is downloaded onto your instance, dashboards become even more interactive by showing real-time, detailed charts and graphs relating to the timesheets logged by your team members!
All-In-One Reports for JIRA is a powerful add-on which enables users to visualize JIRA's out of the box reports and dashboards, in a new and intuitive way. According to the AIO Reports official documentation:
"You can create insightful reports and dashboards for daily use, executive reporting or any other business purpose including invoice creation, status reporting, performance measurement, sprint tracking, epic progress, trend analysis, time tracking etc. All this is possible using simple drag-and-drop actions within our intuitive and easy-to-use interface."
Organizations find the task of to tracking every employee's time on various projects, a very tedious task. However, when its in the form of reports or dashboards, it makes the task much easier to execute. AIO Reports for JIRA create those charts and graphs and make the organization's task much easier. With AIO Reports for JIRA, projecting the number of users, defects, or amount of stories completed or pending, can now be an easy to read chart or graph.
There has been a recent influx in the need to create reports based on the number of people, defects and stories available per project within an organization. Addteq uses AIO Reports for JIRA to track our employee time for external client projects. We also propose the same to our clients who have the need to track multiple projects.
AIO Reports for JIRA has powerful built-in reporting charts, which creates customizable reports for a chosen project. The user then has the option to display the reports in the form of a bar graph, pie chart, timesheet or matrix form.
The User Interface for AIO Reports for JIRA is simple and easy to use. When in JIRA, the user needs to enter the AIO Reports section on the navigation bar, then set an issue filter, then finally drag and drop the dimensions and measures they would like to see in their report. Decide on the type of report the user would like to generate and then they are ready to run the report.
Once the user clicks the run button, the visualization for the chosen options can be shown through six different views that they can choose from. Some of those views include:
1. Bar Graph View
2. List View
3. Matrix Form View
4. Timesheet View
5. Pie Chart View
6. Line Graph View
Tempo Timesheets solves problems by making time tracking easy in JIRA. Addteq uses Tempo Timesheets across all of their teams, environments and customer use cases. Whether an employee is being billed on client site or an employee left the office early, everything is easily tracked in Tempo Timesheets.
With All-In-One reports for JIRA, reporting in JIRA has never been so visual. Now, visualize projects, issues and time tracked by a number of people in a simple, presentable way. Users can easily create custom reports and collect data from all of their JIRA projects. Addteq uses this powerful add-on to create a range of custom reports for various customer use cases and internal reporting.