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Getting Started with Tempo Timesheets: Fine-Tune With Additional Features (3/3)

Getting used to new software can be a daunting task. To make this process easier, we’ve put together a three-part series of blog posts to help with the transition, and to help you optimize your set-up and use of Tempo Timesheets. This post, the third and last in the series, walks you through the steps of enable Additional Features to fine-tune Tempo Timesheets. These include things that you’ll need to consider when getting started.

First you’ll need to start by accessing your Tempo Administration setting. You do that by clicking the Administration icon, located in the top right corner of your JIRA instance, and selection Add-ons. (Note that the you’ll need to be a JIRA Administrator in order to be able to configure Tempo Timesheets).

Next, on the Add-ons page, locate Tempo Timesheets section from the left navigation. In the screenshot below, we’ve outlined the steps you’ll need follow, and further instructions are below it on executing each step.

Step 1: Labs (Experimental Features)

Starting with Tempo 7.1, users can see some early features in our labs that we want to demonstrate and solicit feedback from our customers. Some of these features will graduate from the labs and take on different shapes and forms.

Lab features are enabled in the Global Configuration, and include enabling Account PDF exports, planned time approvals, and our new Agile Timesheet.

Step 2: Internal Issues

In the configuration of Internal Issues an issue can be selected from existing JIRA issues as an internal issue. An internal issue requires no remaining estimate and is easily accessible when logging work from the timesheet view.

Internal issues can be used for common issues within the team such as vacation time, sick time, or team meetings, so your teams can track time on non-billable issues.

Step 3: Period Management

Periods are used in Tempo Timesheets to control if users can "Log Work" on an issue on a certain date and in the "Approval Processes".

Periods are managed separately for Team Members and Team Leaders.

Step 4: Worklog Validation

This function helps administrators to find out why a user can’t Log Work or Edit Worklogs on a specific date.

Step 5: Gadgets for Dashboards

Managing Gadgets for the Dashboard can’t be done through the Administration section, unlike the other steps we’ve gone through so far.

Tempo ships with several gadgets that can be added to JIRA dashboards and in Confluence. In addition, you can use them in the JIRA Activity Stream Gadget for Tempo Activities. When viewing your JIRA dashboard in the top right corner, you can Add Gadget as show below.

And that’s it! Be sure to check out our blog for more information on setting up Tempo Timesheets and getting the best out of this product.