Time Tracking

Learn more about seamless Time Tracking and its configuration.
Why seamless? There are no extra steps required to start your timers! Simply drag a task to your working column and the timer will start itself, and as soon as you're done - it will stop automatically.

An overview of Time Tracking capabilities

Kanban Tool revolutionized how great teams track time. Meet seamless Time Tracking!
Why seamless? You no longer need to click any button to start your timers. Simply drag a task to your working column and the timer will start itself automatically. It’s that simple! You can finally get deeper insight into how your team spends time without any effort.

To start the timer, simply right-click on a task and select Start Timer, or drag it to an appropriate, working-type column. For more information regarding the configuration of seamless Time Tracking - triggered by card movement click here.

The Time Tracking will display on the right side of your board in the side-panel, under the My Work for today. Upon starting any timer a task will enter the My Work for today feed on the right, and you will see an ongoing timer. You can pause and start your cards manually in this side-panel. A check mark button will indicate that a task is done and it will remove the card from the feed.

The Time Tracking Close-Up

In My Work for today you will find the following information:

  • Task name - click on the name to open your task.
  • Timer - running or paused. When you click on it, a detailed list of all your time entries will drop down. You can edit the time by pressing a timer entry or remove it by pressing the bin icon.
  • Card color - to easily notice what type of card you are working on.

Your work flow and time tracking efforts can be evaluated with the Time Report. To view it, go to Tools - Time Report, and access Summary Report and Detailed Report of your time entries. Click here to learn more about the Time Report.

Seamless Time Tracking is available with the Enterprise service plan only.

Time Tracking configuration

Configuring the Time Tracking is quite easy, it only requires a few modifications of your board settings.

To set it up, go to Settings - Board editor and edit the Lane types for each column.
3 lane types will trigger action for your timers.

  • Queue / Waiting - idle columns in which the timer will pause
  • In progress - a working column in which the timer will start
  • Done - pulling cards into this column will stop the timer and remove it from the My Work list.

The columns for which you should set a lane type are the “doing” and “done” ones. Setting a lane type for them will let Time Tracking run seamlessly - without any additional actions on your part. All you will need to do is move cards through the process and the timer will start and stop itself.

You can apply the In Progress lane type to your “doing” column from the board editor: Time tracking - lane type

Then modify your “done” column in the same fashion, setting its type to Done.

Set all remaining columns to Queue / Waiting if you wish for tasks to pause upon entering them.
You’re now ready to use Kanban Tool’s seamless Time Tracking!

Note, that you can always start timers manually too, regardless of a task location - just right-click it and select “Start timer”. Or, drag the task to an appropriate column for the timer to start.

How do I edit my time spent?

Forgot to turn off the timer? Need to add an entry for when you were away from the office and forgot to track time with the mobile app? There are two ways to do that.

  1. The My Work for today widget, available on the right side of the board view, displays all recent timers.
    Click on a timer to expand a list of all records for a given task. You can remove any of the time records with the bin icon or edit any of them by clicking on it.
    A date picker window will pop up letting you set the date and the timer’s start and end hours.
    Note: If a task has not been timed by you yet, it will not be listed under My Work. To add a time entry to it, right-click the task and choose Add to My Work, then press play on it, so that the timer starts. After that, edit the entry, as described above. Editing the time spent

  2. You can also edit your timers in the Detailed view of the Time Report. In there you will be able to see all Time Tracking entries.
    If you are an Account Owner you can modify and remove any entries by clicking the icons to the right of each row.
    If you are a regular user, you will be able to edit and remove your entries only. Editing Time Spent in Time Report

My Work for today Widget

My Work widget allows you to display your upcoming tasks across multiple boards in one place.
From there you can sort them by your preference - day plan. You can open tasks from the widget and work on them without moving between different boards.

Please note that My Work widget is available for Enterprise plan users only.

  1. The widget is displayed on the right-hand side of your Kanban board. Task Queue View

  2. To add tasks to the My Work list, right-click a task and select “Add To My Work”.
    Also, when someone else assigns a task to you, it will appear on this list. To sort tasks by your preference, just use drag and drop. My Work for Today - Add to My Work

  3. The timer on a task starts right when you move the task to an In Progress type of column, or when you right-click on it and select Start Timer.
    Once you’ve completed a task and moved it to a Done type of column, the timer will stop automatically and the task will then disappear from the My Work widget. You can pause it at any time. Measuring Time on Task

  4. My Work widget also allows displaying the subtotal amounts of time spent on each task.
    This is accessible after clicking the time elapsed record - it opens a list of all subtotals.
    They are also available to view in Time Report - just make sure to open the Detailed Report view. Show Subtotals for my Time Entry

  5. The name of the task will appear in bold fonts when a new comment has been made in the task.

  6. If someone assigns a checklist item to you, a task to which this checklist belongs will be added to My Work widget - and will appear in bold, so that you know there’s been a new activity that concerns you.

Access your Time Reports

What’s Time Tracking for without reports, right? We have two kinds of reports for you: a Summary Report - with a view of important statistics and summaries of the workflow, and a Detailed Report, showing a detailed list of all your records.

Furthermore, you can export your reports to a PDF file and print them out or simply save it to a CSV file. The printer and export buttons are located just below the bar graph in the case of Summary Report and on top of the list in the Detailed Report.

The Summary Report will give you all the significant information about your team’s activity. Summary report with swimlanes

You can filter the report by:

  1. Boards - select boards for which the reports should be generated. You can select as many boards as you want.
  2. Time interval - press the arrows to move your statistics by weeks. Click on the small calendar icon to set your custom time interval.
  3. Users - check the users whose records you want to see in your reports.
  4. Task types - choose the task types that you want to take into consideration.
  5. Tags - filter your reports by tags.
  6. Swimlanes - filter your reports by swimlanes

Bar stats in time report

  • The bar metric will display the total time spent each day on your chosen tasks. Each bar is a separate day and the height indicates the time spent. Summary report - time tracking

  • The Breakdown Chart will display a pie chart according to your filters. You can group it by users, tasks, current card type, boards, swimlanes, or stages. Those can be further grouped by the same attributes. If you click on an item in the left-hand side list, a list of secondary items will expand. All of that can be sorted by name or duration.
    Grouping by column (stage) is of particular value to your knowledge about the process - with it, you can easily tell in which stage the team is spending the most time. Great information, if you’re considering what specialists you need to hire more of. Time Report Sorted by Column

  • Keep in mind that you can click on each element of a Breakdown Chart to view a more detailed bar graph.

  • The Detailed Report will display a detailed list of all your timers. Time tracking detailed report

  • You can filter the results in the same way you were able to filter the Summary Report. In the top left, you will see a sum of time spent, number of tasks, and the total number of entries. Every time you start and pause the timer, you are creating a new entry.

  • Also here, you can edit your entries. If you are an Account Owner you can modify and remove any entry, by clicking the icons at the right end of each row. If you are just a regular user, you will be able to edit or remove your entries only. Click here to learn more.

  • It’s possible to access the Time Report directly via a customized URL. Please use the chain link icon below your Report to copy the URL. By changing data inside it (timeframe, report type, users, card types, swimlanes, and board IDs) you can generate a custom report outside of Kanban Tool GUI. Time Report URL

Why are there diagonal lines moving across some tasks?

This is a result of a running timer-indicating feature, which will show these diagonal animations for every task on the board that is currently being timed. Diagonal Lines Moving Across Some Cards

This goes for both the task you and the other team members are timing.
To learn more about using the Time Tracking, please visit this page.