Efficiently tracking the time logged by users on tasks and projects is a critical aspect of project management in Jira. While Jira offers some native capabilities for time tracking, they may not always meet the detailed requirements of project managers and teams. This article will guide you through the process of viewing all logged time by users in Jira, utilizing both Jira's native features and the "Simple Timesheet and Worklog Dashboard Item" available in the "Simple Custom Reports, Charts & Time in Status for Jira" app from the Atlassian Marketplace.
Using Jira's Native Time Tracking Features
Jira's built-in time tracking functionality allows users to log work on issues, which can be viewed in the issue details. However, aggregating this data across multiple issues or users isn't straightforward within Jira's default setup. You can view work logs on individual issues, but for a comprehensive view across the project or multiple projects, additional steps or tools are required.
Enhancing Time Tracking with "Simple Timesheet and Worklog Dashboard Item"
For a more consolidated view of time logs, the "Simple Timesheet and Worklog Dashboard Item" gadget, part of the "Simple Custom Reports, Charts & Time in Status for Jira" app, is an excellent solution. This gadget simplifies the process of viewing and analyzing logged time across various projects and users.
Installing the "Simple Custom Reports, Charts & Time in Status for Jira" App
Access the Atlassian Marketplace: Visit the Simple Custom Reports, Charts & Time in Status for Jira page.
Choose Hosting Type: Select the version suitable for your Jira instance (Cloud, Server, or Data Center).
Install the App: Click on "Get it now" or "Try it free" to add the app to your Jira.
Adding the "Simple Timesheet and Worklog Dashboard Item" Gadget to Your Jira Dashboard
Open Your Dashboard: Click on 'Dashboards' in the top menu bar of Jira.
Select Your Dashboard: Choose the dashboard where you wish to add the new gadget.
Enter Edit Mode: Click on 'Edit' to modify the dashboard settings.
Add the Gadget: Select 'Add Gadget' to open the Gadget Directory.
Locate the Gadget: Search for the "Simple Timesheet and Worklog Dashboard Item" in the directory.
Configure the Gadget: After adding it, configure the gadget to display the desired data, such as specifying users, projects, or timeframes.
Save Your Changes: Ensure to save your dashboard after adding and configuring the gadget.
Benefits of Using the Dashboard Gadget
This gadget offers several advantages:
Comprehensive Overview: Get a full picture of time logged by all users across projects.
Customization: Tailor the gadget to show information relevant to your specific needs.
Easy Access: Quickly view logged time without navigating through multiple issues or projects.
While Jira's native features provide basic time tracking capabilities, they fall short in offering a comprehensive and user-friendly overview of all logged time by users. The "Simple Timesheet and Worklog Dashboard Item" from the "Simple Custom Reports, Charts & Time in Status for Jira" app fills this gap, offering a more integrated and efficient way to view time logs. By following the steps outlined above, you can enhance your Jira dashboard with this powerful gadget, thereby improving your project management and time-tracking capabilities.