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Pretty sure I've tried every major Project Management SaaS under the sun at this point and none of them provide a satisfactory solution to a simple issue:
(Context: We're a commercial film production company looking for solution to more efficiently keep track of all active productions and company wide workload.)
I am yet to find a project management software that would allow creating a task with non consecutive time assignment. For instance, Editing of first rough cut of a particular film will occur on 1-3rd, 7-8th and 15-20th of a given month - and there is multiple projects like that in parallel involving same people. These dates are subject to change and so are gaps between them. This creates an issue as using the logic of most PM SaaS, I would have to create 3 separate 'tasks' for each period of 'editing' without doing so it breaks a lot of other top level features like workload tracking.
What the hell, how come no one has figured out a solution to such obvious problem ?! I'm sure I'm not alone in this... Is there a way around this in Jira ? - A way to assign multiple time periods to same task. Also a way to view all tasks across all projects on single timeline ?
You case is quite common. But the single solution in Jira is creating several separate tasks.
Our ActivityTimeline plugin could fit your request: in a situation when a user cannot continuously work on a ticket for several days in a queue, ActivityTimeline plugin allows to split that ticket to be worked on different days or a different users.
Every task could be estimated and workload will be calculated on the Panel. The estimate will also split as shown in an example below (16 hours of remaining time = 8 hours on Monday and 8 hours on Wednesday):
But you can manage how many hours are going to be put in each part of the ticket.
On a backlog panel you can see all issue-parts. As an example: first Issue Part is unassigned; the second Issue Part is assigned and scheduled on Dashboard:
Hi @editor1 Shell and welcome to the Community,
As you have found out, you are trying to combine task management with a specific way of planning work against a schedule. Since that is somewhat specific, you would need to add a planning interface or solution to your task management solution.
From what you are describing, I believe you could have a look at Tempo Planner as an extension to standard Jira functionality. It adds the additional functionality to plan time against the same tasks on multiple days and for multiple people.
Hope this helps!