JetBrains YouTrack’s approach to time tracking is organized around three main categories: estimation, work items, and spent time.
A work item is an entry that describes a piece of work done on a task. It includes information about the author, date, duration, and type of work, and it also has an optional comment field. For example, a work item could describe 4 hours of development that you did yesterday. Work items are added to issues, and one issue can have many work items with different authors, types, and durations.
An issue’s “Spent time” field contains the sum of the durations of all the work items logged for that issue.
- Custom attributes for work itemsYouTrack now allows to create custom attributes for work items. Users can use them, for example, to specify where work took place – allowing them to calculate travel expenses properly – or to select overtime rates or mark spent time as billable. Users can give the custom attributes whatever names they want and manage them separately for each project.
- Timesheets for workgroupsT
imesheets are here to help you manage time tracking activities. Whether users are interested in a specific user or a whole project, they will always be able to see the overall time spent – all presented on one page. In YouTrack 2022.2, JetBrains has introduced one more tab to the Timesheets page – workgroups. This tab is particularly useful for efficiently tracking time spent for cross-functional matrix teams and ad hoc task forces. Users can create as many groups as they need by combining their teammates and existing YouTrack groups and teams.
- Built-in option to import from Google Sheets
JetBrains has added support for importing issue data from Google Sheets. This means users can effectively import issues from any tracker that exports data in a compatible format, including CSV and XLSX. They can also use the ability to import from Google Sheets as a tool for importing issues in bulk.
- Color formatting for your issues and articlesWhich color is the “new black”? Users decide! Use the new selectors in the rich text editor to change the color of the text or to highlight it. It’s now easier than ever to direct the attention of users to the most important parts of the announcement or feature request. As a bonus, JetBrains has added an option to edit images right from the rich text editor. It lets users crop, highlight, draw, and blur images to make issues and articles more descriptive.