After an incredible 2014, we’re starting 2015 off in style by announcing our Tempo Timesheets 7.11 release. In this release, we wanted to focus our efforts on three areas: 1. simplifying the management of who can see which worklogs in Tempo, 2. informing users who are unable to view or edit worklogs of possible next steps to take, and 3. improve performance when loading timesheets.
This release is really exciting with lots of new improvements and features. Let’s take a look at everything that’s included.
Viewing Project Worklogs
In this release, user access to view all project worklogs is given solely through the Tempo Project Manager role. This role is assigned per project as described on the JIRA Manage Project Role Membership page. By specifying default members for this role for new projects, it’s easy to define which users and/or groups get access to view project worklogs by default.
Approve Timesheet permission no longer gives access to worklogs
In our previous Tempo Timesheets releases, users with the Approve Timesheets permissions gained access to view team member worklogs regardless of which project they belonged to. This made it difficult to manage who exactly could see which worklog in Tempo. In this version, this has been made easy by giving access to the worklogs solely through the Tempo Project Manager role. Note that this raises an issue for JIRA Administrators, who will need to determine who should have access to this permission before upgrading to Tempo Timesheets 7.11.
Upgrading without proactively reviewing the Proactive Actions before Upgrade page will likely cause some team leads to be notified of missing permissions and they will likely ask to be added to the Project Management role as needed.
Informing users why worklogs can’t be edited
When a user tries to edit a worklog that cannot be edited, they will be notified about the reason why they are not able to edit the worklogs. A link will also appear, which refers them to a Tempo documentation page explaining in more detail why they cannot access the worklog and what possible next steps they should take.
Apply Project Role setting to all your Projects with Ease
If you have a large number of projects on your JIRA instance and need to apply default users and groups in the Tempo Project Manager role to all existing projects, you can now do so with the click of a button, as shown below.
Learn more about the Tempo Project Role Management here.
In Product Help
We’re in the process of implementing more In Product Help to our Tempo Timesheets product. Empty state messages and information of permission violations have now been added to this 7.11 release.
Notify Users of possible Actions in an Empty State
Users are now notified with an Empty State Message if there is no data available in the selected Timesheet view. The Empty State Message gives possible reasons for why there is no data and suggests a few actions for the user to take, as displayed below.
Informing Users on Permission Settings
We’ve also added the feature of informing users on permissions settings. A message is now displayed in Timesheets view, notifying users without a required permission why they cannot view all the the worklogs. In the message, a link will refer them to a documentation page, where they can access more information and learn what possible actions to take next.
More on the in-product help can be found here.
Improved Performance when loading the Timesheet Views
We’ve improved performance when loading the Timesheet views. We did this by delaying the worklog permission checks until users try to edit a worklog. By doing this, we’ve been able to reduce the time it takes to load the Timesheet-, Report-, and List- Views for all timesheets. Our calculations show that the average load time for the Timesheet views has been vastly reduced.
Exporting to Excel from Timesheet view
Many of our Tempo Timesheets users will most likely be pleased to hear that we’ve enabled a new feature that now allows them to export to Excel directly from Timesheet view. In previous versions, users were only able to export to Excel by opening the Tempo Report or List view and selecting Export to Excel from there.
This release also includes a number of additional improvements and fixes. Check out the Tempo Timesheets 7.11 release notes for more information.
Tempo Timesheets integrates with other Tempo solutions, including Tempo Planner for enhanced planning, budgeting, and portfolio management, and our newest financial portfolio management addition to the Tempo family, Folio. More integrations will be announced soon!
We’re constantly striving to improve Tempo Timesheets with each release. Please keep your feedback coming so we can make it even better!
Upgrading Tempo Timesheets is free for all customers with an active license. New customers can purchase or evaluate Tempo Timesheets for JIRA Server or JIRA Cloud through the Atlassian Marketplace.