New format for time estimates on tasks
We are happy to announce that we have significantly improved the format in which time estimates are displayed in the the Tasks application in an effort to have a common format for time tracking records:
- Entering time estimates in hours: updated from the X.Y hours (X hours and Y tenth of an hour) to the hh:mm:ss format,
- Entering time estimates in 2 different time measuring units, hours and days with the use of the unit conversion rate to convert between the two,
- IMPORTANT NOTICE: please note that it is therefore crucial that you set your conversion rate between hours to days carefully,
- Forcing the use of a particular time unit.
Entering time estimates on tasks in hours: new format hh:mm:ss
Many of you have requested that we have a common format for both time estimates and time records for the amount of time spent. Using decimals when entering or managing time duration is not easy.
We have therefore switched to the new hh:mm:ss format:
Switching to the new format: 0.2 h is now displayed as 0h12. 2 tenths of an hour = 12 minutes
Recording time estimates in 2 different units (Converting days in hh:mm:ss)
With this latest update, GroupCamp now records time estimates in both time units hours (h) and days (d) by using the conversion rate defined in your account.
This update has the following benefits:
- You can change your time unit during the lifetime of a project without ‘losing’ your previous time estimates,
- In the Tasks view of the Dashboard, you can sum up time estimates in projects using hours with time estimates in projects using days as the measuring unit. This allows you to correctly view the workload of a user across all his or her projects.
How does the conversion work? If your conversion rate is set to 1 day = 8 hours of work, then if you have entered a 30 minutes time estimate, the recorded time in days is 0.062 days and is displayed [0.06 d] in applications displaying the time estimates in days (0.062 = 30 / (8 x 60) then rounded to 0.06 and recorded as such).
It is therefore crucial that your conversion rate be properly set. Please note that you should also avoid changing the conversion rate. All recorded time estimates would not be updated. Only the new records for time estimates would use the new conversion rate. The conversion rate is also used by applications Timelog and Timesheet.
Setting the Days/Hours conversion rate
To set the conversion rate, go to the Global settings application. Please note that you need to be authorized for this particular action (you need to be either the Owner or an Administrator with the right privilege as defines in the Roles and Privileges application).
Forcing a time measuring unit in the account
In the Global settings application, you can foce a time unit to be used in all your projects for time tracking in general including Timelog and Timesheet.
The choice of the time measuring unit may depend on your project cycle and industry or on local labor regulations.
If the time unit is not forced (as set by the unchecked option above), the time measuring unit for each project can be set differently for different projects and for entering records in Timesheet application in the Dashboard.
We hope you enjoy those new features.