Project Management Features

Projects are the containers for all of the work that is tracked in Projectory. Projects have one or more associated activities (e.g. Analysis, Documentation, or Development) and are associated with one or more teams. Members of teams have access to all projects associated with teams that they belong to.

Careful definition of projects can allow you to track planned vs. unplanned work and derive good metrics about the overall effort expended across your development teams. For example, defining bug fixes as a project available to all development teams lets you determine how much effort your teams are putting into maintenance as opposed to new development.

Activities are high-level categories that define the sort of work that is associated with projects. Since activities are defined outside of projects, and should be applicable across multiple projects, these are not necessarily the line items that you would find on a project plan. Activities are best understood as descriptions of general classes of work. For example, "Release Management" and "Unit Testing" are apppropriate activities, but "Release version 1.3 to production" and "Test view/edit/delete interfaces for client records" are too specific.

Work Entries
Individual users enter the hours spent on various activities across their active projects by completing a work entry. The work entry form lists all projects and project activities associated with teams to which the user belongs. Users enter the time spent on each activity and may add comments if desired.

The work entry form makes it easy to move between days in a given week, or forward and backward in time. The form only displays one day at a time, however, so it's most efficient if developers enter their work entries daily. This has the added benefit of ensuring that the information entered is more recent and therefore more accurate.

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