The Importance of Focus

Jacks of all trades are masters of none — Tempo narrows focus to deliver better products.

Tempo spent the last year using customer feedback to reshape how we work. The core of these changes is the new cloud platform we’re implementing right now. (Check out our first post in this series for an overview of these efforts).

Let’s take one of the changes mentioned in that first post to discuss further:

We narrowed the focus of our development teams so they can deliver more innovative features.

The importance of focus is nothing new to business.

Quite the opposite, focus on “core business” is a conventional element of success. For example, a software company that uses AWS can devote more time to shipping great software, sooner.

In a similar way, Tempo found opportunities to narrow our focus and thereby improve our products. Most of it comes down to who does what work.

For example, Tempo Timesheets customers have been able to plan time for years. We even added plan approvals a few years ago. However, these features saw no love because we make Tempo Timesheets to track time, not plan it.

Any work our Tempo Timesheets developers do to improve planning in Tempo Timesheets is work they cannot do to improve time tracking in Tempo Timesheets.

After much deliberation, Tempo decided to remove most planning features from Tempo Timesheets Cloud. The change allows our Tempo Timesheets team to concentrate their effort on solutions to time tracking.

Our customers can still plan time for themselves, but that’s the new limit of planning in Tempo Timesheets Cloud. (You can read more about the specific changes here).

There’s a silver lining to this story:

Improvements to planning time in Tempo will continue because we also build Tempo Planner.

Indeed our Tempo Planner team has made some significant enhancements in recent months. Now, customers accustomed to planning in Tempo Timesheets can also enjoy these improvements.

The catch?

These new features only come with Tempo Planner.

The good news is our Tempo Planner team added key resource management features to augment planning time:

  • Capacity reporting
  • Workload overview
  • Demand management

Tempo Planner is a good value because it is the best JIRA-native resource management tool around. It also integrates with Tempo Timesheets and Tempo Budgets to give an end-to-end view of project plans, actuals, and costs.

Give it a spin…

The only way to see whether Tempo Planner can meet your needs is to try it.

We reached out to our current Tempo Timesheets Cloud customers to help get them started. We also started a new webinar series that will provide live demos and Q&A sessions to anyone who wants to learn more about how Tempo Planner works.

Although this change might be inconvenient, we are confident it equips us to build better software.

With our teams focused on their “core business”, they can ship great features faster. In the end, that’s what Tempo is all about.

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6 Responses

  1. Nik says:

    When should we expect to see the new cloud features in the self-hosted version of Tempo?

    • Steinunn says:

      Hi Nik
      Thanks for your question. We don’t have any specific date range yet but for the long term there shouldn’t be much difference between our Cloud and Server offerings. Currently, we still have quite different offerings. But we are in the process of adding the missing features to the Cloud version and then updating the improved features for our self-hosted version of Tempo. With the new Cloud version, we will deliver continuous improvements to the Cloud but less frequent bigger versions to Server.

      Best regards,

  2. Martin says:

    When is the patch planned? I think we need to check our workflows to see if / how to use Tempo planning

  3. trev says:

    Just reposting this question as it seems to have been removed when I posted yesterday. Was just asking if managers will lose the ability to assign time to others in Tempo in our organisation or if we need to add Planner as well when Tempo is updated. We’re using the Jira cloud version.

    • Bjarki Bjarki says:

      Hi Trev,

      Yes, after careful considerations, the Timesheets team has decided to focus their efforts on what they do best: helping teams track their time. Full planning features and plan time approvals will be alongside other resource management features in Tempo Planner, whose team is focused on how to make planning even better then it is today.

      If you have any further question regarding the migration, please don’t hesitate to contact our Help Desk team right here: and they’ll answer you as soon as possible.

      Best regards,

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