Auto Planner Extends our Tempo Timesheets Solution for JIRA

This is a guest post by Emre Toptanci, OBSS Atlassian Team Lead, who recently launched a killer extension for our Tempo Timsheets add-on for JIRA on the Atlassian Marketplace.

For quite some time Tempo Timesheets for JIRA has been, and still is, the go-to solution for time tracking-related needs in Atlassian’s ecosystem. We, at OBSS, have been both using and promoting Tempo Timesheets to our customers for a long time, and are always satisfied with the results. It is as clear as day: Tempo has done a great job on this. Now it is time for us to get on board and extend the solution.

As  you know, Tempo Timesheets allows users to make future work plans for your team members, and you can see those plans in their calendars. So far, this has been a manual process. Somebody had to create that plan time manually. In most JIRA configurations (and especially in those used for project management), it is common to see fields for work estimation and schedule dates (start and finish dates) on each JIRA issue, and some of our customers expressed their need to automate the creation of plans in their calendars. After all, we have all the data we need on JIRA issues.

We are happy to announce the availability of our Auto Planner for Tempo Timesheets plug-in for JIRA. Auto Planner, as the name suggests, automatically creates and updates plans in users’ calendars based on information in JIRA issues that are assigned to them. Instead of manually creating the plan, Auto Planner creates it for you. When something changes dates in JIRA issues, Auto Planner updates it for you. When something changes dates in JIRA issues, Auto Planner updates it for you. Auto Planner listens to updates not only on dates but also on work estimation as well.

Configuration

Configuration is very simple and straightforward.

First, you select which issue types AutoPlanner should watch. And you add 3 more fields in JIRA that are to be used for:

  • Plan Start Date
  • Plan End Date
  • Plan Time (Estimated Effort)

AutoPlanner_Configuration

Auto Planner in Action

After configuration, all you need to do is create a JIRA issue and fill in the required fields. 

AutoPlanner_View_Issue_Marked

Then, you will see the auto created plan in your Tempo Timesheets calendar. The value given for estimated effort will be distributed among working days between the start and end dates. Please note that non-working days, as defined in the Tempo Timesheets calendar based on its workload schemes, will be skipped.

AutoPlanner_Calendar

Greater Possibilities

One great thing about Auto Planner is it’s always listening for updates on issues; you don’t have to trigger a create or update procedure in your post-functions. If any of these fields are updated, your calendar is automatically updated. This makes the plug-in very fast to configure and also allows you to use it with other plug-ins to create even greater value.

One such great potential is with the use of Ceptah Bridge plug-in for JIRA. (For those who have not used it yet: Ceptah gives you the ability of bi-directional sync between JIRA and MS Project) When you create issues from an MSProject file, it is pretty high odds that they will contain information about work estimates and schedule dates. When you configure Auto Planner to use these fields, any project plan pushed from MS Project will be created right away in people’s calendars. Hundreds of issues in a snap! You do not need to do anything else. As we all know, project plans tend to change, and when a single task changes it probably has a cascading effect on all tasks after it. Not to worry, when you push the updated plan from MS Project to JIRA, Auto Planner will update all calendar plan time entries for you.

Conclusion

I believe Auto Planner for Tempo Timesheets is an easy to use, easy to configure tool that will prove itself to be really handy in many scenarios. It is already available for JIRA Server on the Atlassian Marketplace (free trials are available!), and supports JIRA 6.2+ and Tempo Timesheet 7.9+ . I hope you like it as much as we do.

Emre TOPTANCI
OBSS Atlassian Team Lead
emre.toptanci@obss.com.tr
atlassian@obss.com.tr

It’s really great to see add-on vendors supporting our products! Are you building, or have you built, an extension to a Tempo product?  Please drop us a line and let us know! (jessie @ tempoplugin dot com)

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Jessie
Jessie is a New York transplant living in Reykjavík. Her motto is #ABL—always be learning— and having some fun along the way. As the head of marketing, communications & legal initiatives at Tempo, Jessie thinking about storytelling, building a strong brand, growth, teamwork, and grit.

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