Yes, it is! 💥
Jira ships with the basic ability to track time using worklogs on individual issues. You can even view the cumulated time spent on issues in the issue view and in gadgets. By combining the worklogs with time estimates and aggregating the data in reports, you could even say that Jira is a low-level time management tool. So why maintain yet another tool and solution for time management and causing extra work and risking friction?
There are many reasons to track time in general and in Jira specifically:
For many teams, the built-in functionality might suffice, but definitely not for most. If you take time tracking seriously, as we do, you have probably extended Jira with Tempo Timesheets long ago.
Let's tell you why Tempo Timesheets is the go-to solution for tracking and planning time and why you should combine it with our new app Timesheet Check to turn Jira into a powerful time management suite.
Handy, but limited. That's how you can summarize Jira's built-in time tracking. For that reason, various third-party apps enhance its functionality and allow you to track, manage and report on time in a much more convenient way.
Tempo Timesheets is our absolute favorite app with all the bells and whistles to make your time tracking experience as easy and rewarding as possible. It can get you pretty much anywhere you need to go, whether you need to bill clients, gain insights, or track capitalized and operational expenses.
So what does it really help you with?
Now that you got all your time data in Jira and the next step is to make sure that you're complying with any laws, regulations, or company guidelines.
That's precisely where Timesheet Check for Jira comes into play. Our most recently launched app saves you the trouble of manually checking timesheets with three measures:
It only takes 3 small steps to set Timesheet Check up and check your first timesheets!
Pick one of the preset rules for a quick start or easily set up new rules. Configuration is straightforward and will feel like a walk in the park.
In our example, we want to check that users have not worked more than 10 hours on any given day.
The next step is to create your first report. Select the rules you want to run, select the timesheets (from users or Tempo Teams) to run them against, and define who will have access to the report.
Now you're ready to find out how well your teams maintain their timesheets. An important point is that Timesheet Check is big on data privacy.
To ensure complete and correct reporting, Timesheet Check works independently of all Jira and Tempo permissions and issue security. If a user cannot access a timesheet because of lacking permissions, the timesheet will still be checked when running a report! However, only the results of the check against the configured rules and no detailed worklog information will be shown to the user running the report.
We have already mentioned laws, regulations and guidelines many times. So what are the demands on your time tracking?
There are many, that's for sure. In the European Union, member states and employers must create a system measuring the daily working time that is
This includes the entire span of daily working time and not only overtime! The same applies to Australia or the US, where businesses must track time for all employees. You must even keep those records for multiple years!
Depending on where your organization is located, different rules may apply. But yet another common ground is the obligation to have a system in place to ensure that employees get their obligatory rest periods. Yep, there's a lot to consider.
To give you some examples, let's have a look at some EU regulations and how they have been translated into German laws (and we Germans love regulations and laws...):
Since member states can further refine EU regulations on a national level, a single regulation might have many flavors. A nightmare for multinational companies. But not anymore! You can customize rules in Timesheet Check to map your exact requirements, regulations, or even just internal guidelines such as:
Combining Jira, Tempo Timesheets, and Timesheet Check will turn your Jira site into a true powerhouse for time management. Your admin team, or anyone who has to log work in Jira, will love it.
Max Foerster - K15tCommunity Leader
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