Tempo Timesheets 7.12 is here! Introducing the Worklog Calendar and a New REST API

With our Tempo Timesheets 7.12 release, we’ve launched a new feature called the Worklog Calendar which was designed in response to customer feedback to help users log their work more easily and efficiently. This release also includes a new worklog REST API and other additional improvements and fixes.

Let’s take a look at the main highlights of the release:

Introducing the Worklog Calendar

At Tempo, we value our customer feedback and always aim to provide solutions for challenges that we and our customers face. In a recent survey we distributed to thousands of customers, we received great feedback — here’s a few of the respondents’ answers:

“We would like a lighter-weight, faster method of time entry for staff. They don’t love doing timesheets (no one does!) so anything that makes it easier for them is a win”

“We want to reduce the amount of things a developer has to push on to log their work”

“Please make an “Express’ method to input time onto a timesheet. Most of our departments just need to fill out a timesheet i.e. 8 hours a day, distributed between projects. It would be nice of the Log Work dialog didn’t appear each time we click on a cell in the timesheet view.”

We received a number of requests from customers who are asking for even simpler ways to log their work. With this feedback in hand, our aim was to create an even more efficient way for users to log time seamlessly in JIRA, which lead us to the design of the new Worklog Calendar feature.

We strongly encourage users to try out this new feature, which is intended to make logging work even less tedious. We’ve included a feedback button on the Worklog Calendar page, and encourage you to leave your comments and input so we can improve and evolve this feature even further. Please note however that this release is only the first iteration of the Worklog Calendar which will continue to evolve gradually and improve over the upcoming months.

Worklog Calendar

The Worklog Calendar is a new 3-day view of the user timesheet in Tempo. With this calendar view, we’ve enabled users to quickly log their work on JIRA issues by dragging and dropping work items directly onto the calendar canvas.

The calendar canvas is to the left, which displays a 3-day view of how you’ve logged your time: today, yesterday, and the day before. To the right of the canvas are suggestion cards, which can be dragged directly onto the calendar canvas to log your work.

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The new Tempo Timesheets Worklog Calendar

More on Tempo’s Suggestion Cards

Tempo’s new Suggestion Cards will automatically display to the right of the Worklog Calendar canvas to help users both remember and quickly access the most recent tasks they’ve been working on and ultimately suggest to the user what issues they should log their work on.

The cards can easily be moved to a date on the calendar canvas by using the drag-and-drop method. Dropping a Suggestion Card onto the calendar canvas will open a Log Work Form and allow user to log their work.

The Worklog calendar has four suggestion sections to choose from. These sections show JIRA issues from predefined JQL searches. The following suggestion types are:

  1. Assigned to me on these days – Issues assigned to the current user on the selected dates.
  2. Recently Viewed Issues – Issues that current user has viewed recently.
  3. Watched Issues – Issues that current user is watching.
  4. Internal Issues – Internal Issues if configured on the JIRA instance and the current user has the browse permission on the project.

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Suggestion Cards in the Worklog Calendar

Calendar Canvas

The default view in the Calendar Canvas is the current date and the last two days. Users can, however, navigate between days by clicking the navigation arrow buttons.

If a user navigates back a few days, then the Suggestion Cards will change according to the dates selected. Clicking the Today button will take you back to today’s date.

If worklogs have been created in the Worklog Calendar, they will be displayed as Worklog Cards on the canvas.

You can easily edit and delete the worklog cards in the canvas by clicking on them. Users can also shorten or extend the time worked on a JIRA issue by clicking on the bottom of the worklog card and dragging it up and down.


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Date Navigation in Calendar Canvas

Log Work Form

The Log Work Form is displayed either by clicking on an empty spot on the calendar canvas, or by dragging a suggestion on to the canvas. The form has three simple fields to be entered:

  1. Worked – How many hours/minutes are worked.
  2. Remaining – The remaining estimate is displayed on the issue.
  3. Description – The worklog description.


The Log Work form supports Tempo’s Worklog Attributes; if Worklog Attributes have been configured in Tempo, they will appear in the Log Work Form and users will be able to select them.  There are different types of Worklog Attributes that can be configured. In the screenshot below, the types included are Design, Code, Testing, and Documentation. They can also be able to associate work items with a specific account in Tempo Timesheets, if needed, and to distinguish billable from non-billable work as well.

Finally, a progress bar displays above each day, showing logged work versus required work according to the workload and holiday schemes that they have been assigned to in Tempo.

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Log Work Form used in the Worklog Calendar

New Worklog REST API for Worklog Calendar

A new worklog REST API has been created to support the Worklog Calendar. Please note, however, that this API is still in an introductory phase and will continue to be developed. Read more about the new Worklog Rest API here.

This release also includes a number of additional improvements and fixes. Check out the full Tempo Timesheets 7.12 release notes for more information.

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10 Responses

  1. Jan Prokes says:

    Hi there,

    worklog calendar is almost great :-). What I miss a lot is sort of “calendar” behavior with time. You can’t drag and drop items to change starttime, calendar does not change start time when you extend previous spent time on next ones so it enables overlaps of more worklogs. So it’s realy great for companies, where time does not matter (just spent time), but for companies, where you work with exact start time and with no overlap possibility. You can’t work on more then one task at one time, even when you do multitasking, you are not able to work 10 hours within 8 hours, if you do, send me a cv, I’ll hire you :-).

    So, if you put a little bit more effort in that kind of expected behavior of calendar, I would be happy, I belive that not just me.

    Great job so far anyway, hope it will work with starttime properly in next release :-)

    Thanks.

    • Bjarki Bjarki says:

      Hi Jan,

      Thank you so much for your feedback! We’re glad you like the new Worklog Calendar feature. Like we said, this is just the first iteration of the Worklog Calendar and we’ll continue to improve it in the near future. I’ve shared your feedback we our product owner and we will definitely use it.

      If you have any additional feedback on Tempo Timesheets please feel free to contact us. :)

      Please keep your feedback coming because it’s really important to us.

      Best regards,

      Bjarki

    • Steve says:

      +1 for this. When I track time, I think of it not as “I spent 1.5 hours on this task,” but instead, “I started this task at 9:30am and now it’s 11:00am. It would be great if time was able to be represented as actual hours in the day.

      • Bjarki Bjarki says:

        Hi Steve,

        Thanks for your feedback! This is just the first iteration of the Worklog Calendar and we’ll continue to improve it in the near future. I’ve shared your feedback we our product owner and the issue you’re mentioning is an highly requested feature.

        If you have any additional feedback on Tempo Timesheets please feel free to contact us.

        Best regards,
        Bjarki

        • Mike says:

          +1 for this.
          I was looking for a way to get a quick visual summary for a user’s day, i.e. “Worked on ABC-123 from 1pm to 2pm, then ABC-124 from 2pm to 3pm” etc.
          Just so you can see when the user took breaks (didn’t log anything) and to make sure no overlaps happened by accident. Also, you could easily visualize how much time a day you waste by not logging anything.

          The Worklog Calendar is *almost* there, it’s just missing the actual real start/end times like you would expect in a real calendar. It would be great if we could toggle those modes to answer the two questions a) Did I reach 8 hours alltogether? and b) How did I split the worklogs over the course of the day.

          I know the Pause-feature could be a bit tricky here, but you could either color them differently, or for the time being just ignore pauses I think.

          Please, if there is an JIRA issue we can vote on for this feature, post it here/let us know.

          Thanks!

          • Bjarki Bjarki says:

            Hi Mike,

            I’ve shared this feedback with our product owner and this is an feature request that we’re very aware of. We’re working on improving the Worklog Calendar and we will be adding more features to it in the upcoming releases.

            Here’s a feature request which you can vote on: https://tempoplugin.jira.com/browse/TT-2306

            If you have any other ideas for the Worklog Calendar then I strongly encourage you to submit a feature request here.

            Hope this helps

            Best regards,
            Bjarki

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi

    Looks good; the delay between clicking “Log Work” and the grid reloading is painful, so anything that cuts this down is very welcome.

    When will this be available for Cloud customers?

    As an aside, whenever you post about new products or improvements to existing products, can you add a note as to when it will be available for Cloud customers? Far too many times I’ve seen a new product or enhancement, and thought “great!” and then seen that it isn’t available for Cloud, with no mention of when (if ever!) it will be available.

    Thanks

    • Bjarki Bjarki says:

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      Regarding the Cloud releases, we deliver new versions of Tempo Timesheets for JIRA Cloud upgrade to Atlassian. The delivered versions are tested by Atlassian against the next JIRA Cloud versions and upgraded according to Atlassian upgrade schedule.

      Therefore it can sometimes be difficult for us to say when a Cloud version will delivered to the Atlassian Marketplace. It really depends on how long it takes Atlassian to test it. The process is usually takes 2 weeks up to a month. We’re however working with Atlassian to make this process hopefully faster.

      You can watch the Atlassian What´s New page (https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/AOD/What%27s+New) for all upgrade notes.
      Please also watch our Timesheets OnDemand Releases page (https://tempoplugin.jira.com/wiki/display/TT/Timesheets+OnDemand+Releases) for the latest delivered versions, as well as the status history for Tempo on JIRA Cloud upgrades.

      Hope this answers your question

      Best regards,
      Bjarki

  3. Csaba Sári says:

    Hi there,

    is there any solution, to change the order of the displayed internal issues? We set up the proper order of the internal issues on the administration page, but it doesn’t show up on the Worklog calendar in the proper order.

    regards,
    Csaba

    • Jessie Jessie says:

      Hi Csaba,

      Thanks for your feedback! The Worklog Calendar is currently not respecting the configured order. We’ve create a bug for this to be fixed as quickly as possible.

      Kind regards,
      Jessie

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