About Time Tracking Modes

About Time Tracking Modes

Time Tracking and Management site can be configured several ways. All modes provide the same basic functionality:

  • The TTM site allows timesheet users (resources) to track their time, including time spent on individual tasks.
  • Timesheet managers approve timesheets.
  • The Report Center reports resource use, cost information (when available), and timesheet status.

Time Tracking Mode

For basic TTM configuration, configure timesheet reporting periods, select the data sources for timesheet tasks, and add resources. After you add tasks, resources can start to enter time in timesheets and Timesheet Managers can approve time.

For a list of required and optional steps for configuring time tracking, see the Time Tracking Configuration Checklist

Cost Tracking Mode

When cost tracking is enabled, costs can be calculated for work entered for timesheet tasks. Cost tracking is an additional feature that can be added after time tracking is configured.

For a list of steps required to configure cost tracking, see the Cost Tracking Configuration Checklist

Project Management Central (PMC) Integration Mode

If you have Bamboo Project Management Central, your TTM site can use resources from the PM Central Enterprise Resource Pool (ERP) and timesheets can automatically include tasks assigned to a resource in PM Central projects. PM Central integration is available with both time tracking and cost tracking modes.

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About Permissions in TTM

About Permissions in TTM

TTM Configuration Overview

The Time Tracking and Management (TTM) site uses the built-in SharePoint permissions to determine what actions a user can perform, plus some additional configuration to determine who can enter and approve timesheets.

Permissions required to perform basic actions in TTM:

Action Requirements
Save and Submit Timesheets

To save and submit a timesheet, a users account must:

  • Have Contribute permissions in the SharePoint site.
  • Must be in the resource list configured in the Timesheet Entry Web Part:
    • If the Timesheet Entry Web Part is configured to use the local Timesheet Resources list, your user account must have an entry in this list.
    • If the Timesheet Entry Web Part is configured to use the Project Management Central resources list, your account must be in the PM Central ERP or project Resources list.
  • Identify a Primary Timesheet Manager for the user in the configured list
Approve timesheets

To approve and reject timesheets, a user account must:

  • Your account must have the Contribute permission level in the SharePoint site.
  • Your account must be configured as a Primary Timesheet Manager or Secondary Timesheet Manager in the resource list configured in the Timesheet Entry Web Part:
    • If the Timesheet Entry Web Part is configured to use the local Timesheet Resources list, your user account must be listed as a Primary or Secondary Timesheet Manager for at least one resource. You can only approve timesheets for your resources.
    • If the Timesheet Entry Web Part is configured to use the Project Management Central resources list, your account must be configured as a Primary or Secondary Timesheet Manager for at least one resource in the Enterprise Resource Pool. You can only approve timesheets for your resources.

Click the links for information on how to streamline the timesheet approval process:

Access the Time Tracking and Management Control Panel

To access the Time Tracking and Management Control Panel option in the Site Actions menu, an account must have at least the Design permission level in the SharePoint site.

Icon-Warning Users with Design permissions will not have access to all the configuration tools available to users with the Full Control permission. Click here for more information.

NOTE: Administrative pages accessed from the Control Panel can also be accessed directly by browsing to the configuration page in the TimesheetPages library. Any user with the Contribute permission level or above can access these pages. However, they will not see the options. To restrict access to a TTM configuration page, customize the item-level permissions for that page using the Manage Permissions link in the item drop-down menu.

Access the Report Center

To view TTM reports in the Report Center through the Time Tracking and Management Control Panel or from the left navigation/quick launch, your account must be a member of:

  • Owners
  • Report Center Administrators
  • Report Center Members

Users with the Contribute permission who are not members of one of the above groups will be able to access the Report page, however, they will not be able to see any options or data.

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TTM Configuration Overview

How to Modify KPI Settings

How to Modify KPI Settings

Some of PM Central’s lists feature the Bamboo KPI Column. This is a custom column type that evaluates the contents of a column in another list (e.g., Sum, Count, etc.), compares the results against a set of criteria, and displays the value and an icon indicating which of three categories the value falls in.

For example, in the project Site, the Project Info section uses Bamboo KPI Columns to indicate the current health of the project. One of these columns, Issue Status, looks at the project’s Issues list and counts the number of items displayed in the Overdue Issues view.

  • If there are no items in that view, a green icon is displayed.
  • If there are between one and five issues, a yellow icon is displayed.
  • If there are more than five issues, a red icon is displayed.

To modify the settings for the KPI custom columns:

  1. Navigate to the list containing the KPI column you want to update, such as the Project Health List.
  2. From the List Tools tab on the top ribbon, select List.
  3. Select List Settings from the right side of the ribbon.

  4. Select the column you want to customize under Columns.

  5. Under Additional Column Settings, modify the settings as desired, such as choosing the list, the view, how the column values are evaluated, what the criteria for the values are, and how the KPI is displayed (type of icon, whether to include values, etc.).

  6. Click OK.

About File Share Library Timer Jobs

About File Share Library Timer Jobs

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Monitoring Bamboo File Share Timer Jobs

The status of File Share Library timer jobs can be monitored in SharePoint Central Administration. In the Monitoring section, click Check job status. Use the links in the Timer Links section of the Quick Launch to check job definitions, job history, or currently running jobs.

Understanding the Timer Jobs from Bamboo

Bamboo File Share Master Job

When File Share Library is installed, the Bamboo File Share Master Job is added to the Web application(s) selected during installation. This job runs every two minutes, and monitors the Web application for new, updated, and deleted File Share Libraries. The Master Job creates, updates, or deletes secondary timer jobs for individual File Share Libraries. The secondary jobs are responsible for synchronizing the individual File Share Library with its connected network file share. There is one Bamboo File Share Master Job per Web application.

Bamboo File Share Library Sync Job for Library in Site

When a File Share Library is configured to continuously synchronize files or when a one-time sync is requested, the File Share Master Job creates a secondary timer job for the synchronization activity. This job triggers synchronization of the File Share Library with its connected network file share. The Web application will contain as many of these jobs as there are File Share Libraries configured for synchronization. If a File Share Library is configured for continuous synchronization, there will be a timer job definition with a schedule that matches the frequency configured in the File Share Library Settings.

Bamboo File Share Library Content Import Job for List/Item in Site

If the File Share Library Sync Job detects items in the File Share Library that are marked for import, a Content Import Job is created to import the items from the network file share to the File Share Library. This one-time job is created only when the Sync Job requests it.

About Community Central Forum Icons

About Community Central Forum Icons

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