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Auto Time Tracking

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Hi All

I'm currently evaluating JIRA and am struggling to find out how we can auto track time.

The bit of software we are replacing allows us to press start when we work on something and then stop when we have finished and it records the amount of time spent. I can't see the ability to do this in JIRA but it seems the sort of thing that it should have. Is their a configuration option I'm unaware of or a plugin I should be looking at? I notice that you can you have a big button for 'start task' and it seems that this could track the actual time.. possibly..

Thanks

Matt
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Re: Auto Time Tracking

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"Start progress" is nothing more than a function of workflow.

Jira tracks all changes you make to an issue, so if you look at the history, you can see each change of status (and all the other issue data of course), stamped with user, date and time, so the information you need is definitely *there*.  

Reporting on it is a different matter - the Charting plugin is helpful, as you can get "time in status" type info out of it.  There's some good plugins in the plugin exchange which can use that data to do detailed reporting on most aspects of work logs and timestamps.

But there is no automatic feedback from workflow into the estimate.  For Agile or focussed work where a developer only does one thing at a time, I can imagine it would be very useful, but many people don't use Jira that way - I've got 50 issues in-progress, some waiting for other work to be done, some blocked, some waiting for info etc.  The time between me starting them and closing them is very different from the amount of time I've spent on them, and that's why the work logs are done separately.

There may be something in the plugin library that can help you automatically track time like that, although you may have to write it.  My instinct would be to go for a post-function that you add to the "resolve" transition - it would trap the current time, go back into the history to look for "progress started" and post the difference as an automatic worklog. But your human processes really do need to be checked to see if that is valid!
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Re: Auto Time Tracking

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On 11-02-04 9:39 AM, [hidden email] wrote:
> I'm currently evaluating JIRA and am struggling to find out how we can auto track time.
>
> The bit of software we are replacing allows us to press start when we work on something and then stop when we have finished and it records the amount of time spent. I can't see the ability to do this in JIRA but it seems the sort of thing that it should have. Is their a configuration option I'm unaware of or a plugin I should be looking at? I notice that you can you have a big button for 'start task' and it seems that this could track the actual time.. possibly..

There are a few options when it comes to time tracking but it depends on
what you want out of it.

For example, if you want remaining time estimates to be accurate then
you really need to be sure you are regularly updating issues with effort
expended. This is annoying at the least but JIRA 4.2 goes a long way
towards making this very easy. In my signature you will find a link to
another solution to the problem.

If you instead want to know "how long does it take for me to close an
issue?" then you need to track "workflow transitions" as the other
poster has said.

Once you know what answers you want, then you will know what plugins can
best help you. Feel free to ask any more questions (or email me at
[hidden email])

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Re: Auto Time Tracking

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Hi,

That is possible with Automated Log Work plugin for JIRA. You can simply Start Progress on JIRA issue and then Close/Resolve/Stop Progress to automatically log work time.

Regards,
Gebsun

forums-5 wrote
Hi All

I'm currently evaluating JIRA and am struggling to find out how we can auto track time.

The bit of software we are replacing allows us to press start when we work on something and then stop when we have finished and it records the amount of time spent. I can't see the ability to do this in JIRA but it seems the sort of thing that it should have. Is their a configuration option I'm unaware of or a plugin I should be looking at? I notice that you can you have a big button for 'start task' and it seems that this could track the actual time.. possibly..

Thanks

Matt
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