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Outlook Timesheet: Top Time Tracking Features

July 1st, 2011

Efficient project time tracking requires both development and management teams to be involved in the process. At the same time, not every manager is willing to use the same time tracking tools that your development team does.

The Outlook timesheet software is the tool that your project manager s will have fun working with, as it offers many useful features in the environment familiar to them. MS Outlook supports integration with third-party add-ins, and many companies develop Outlook timesheets for ALM software, e.g. Team Foundation Server plug-ins for Outlook.

When entering time in Outlook timesheet, users only see the work items they are assigned to. This makes their pick lists as short as possible and specific to them, which simplifies reporting and enhances its accuracy and consistency. Outlook timesheet lets users report time from any location via the Web and sometimes even through their Outlook mobile clients, which is great when your project manager goes on a business trip or has a meeting outside of the office.

Here are some other features to look for in the Outlook timesheet software:

    • Automated email reminders for late timesheets, with links that put employees one-click away from their responsibility
    • Multiple timesheet formats, including daily, weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, etc.
    • Timesheet templates that ensure that time is being filled in correctly, including rules for minimum/maximum hours, national holidays, days off, sickness days, etc.
    • Setting the terminology (tasks, work items, projects, etc.) to match your organization’s terms, so when project managers first see the timesheet, they deal with familiar terms

Outlook timesheet is a powerful productivity tool that allows for accurate time tracking and improves the overall workflow in the company. With the widespread adaptation of MS technology, Outlook timesheets are now more user-friendly and intuitive than ever before.

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