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Timesheet Report

This report shows you how users allocated spent time for a collection of issues in a calendar-based spreadsheet. You can show totals per user or per issue on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

When the report is calculated, you can switch between two views that show spent time per user or per issue. In per issue view, you can click an issue ID to open the selected issue in single issue view.

Settings

The report settings provide a series of progressive filters. These filters limit the report to include only issues that belong to a specific project and match a query.

For this report, the most important settings are probably the period and scale. Your choices here depend on how you want to monitor your teams activity.

  • If, for example, you track activity on a week-to-week basis, you can create a single report that shows work for Last week and set the Scale to Days. Every time you open the report, you see a summary of activity for the previous week.

  • To track activity on a monthly basis, set the Period to Last month and set the Scale to Weeks.

There are a few limitations to the number of columns and grouped rows that are supported in the calculated report.

  • The report cannot display more than 365 columns of data. The number of columns is determined by the combination of Period and Scale. As a result, it's not possible to set a fixed period larger than one year and present this data on a daily scale, show more than eight years of data on a weekly scale, and so on.

  • The report doesn't support more than 50 groupings. If the value that you use for the Group by setting contains more than 50 values, you'll need to use other settings (like Projects and Issue filter) to exclude some of these values.

Use the following settings to configure this report:

Setting

Description

Report name

The name of the report.

Projects

The projects for which the report is calculated. The projects that are visible in the list are displayed based on your Read Project Basic access permissions.

Issue filter

The Issue filter and Projects settings let you narrow the scope of your report to receive more precise results. The input field supports the same syntax and auto-completion that are available in the search box.

Work author

Filters issues to show only issues that contain work items that were added by one or more work authors.

Work type

Filters issues to show only issues that contain work items that match one or more work types.

Period

The time frame for which issues are displayed on the report. Issues that contain work items with work dates that are included in this date range are shown on the report.

Work item attributes

Filters issues to include issues based on the values that are assigned to work items for the selected attributes.

When used, additional settings are shown for each attribute. Use these settings to further filter issues where the work items store only the selected values. When unset, the report will include issues that contain any value, including empty values.

The values for these attributes are not displayed in the report. However, the values are included in the dataset that is exported when you download the report in CSV or XLSX format.

Group by

Determines which attribute or custom field is used to group values in the report. When you select one or more projects for the Projects setting, the grouping options are restricted to the attributes and custom fields that are common to all of the selected projects. The following options are available:

  • The Work author, Work type, and Work author and date options group issues based on values that are stored in work items. You can also group work items based on the values stored for custom work item attributes.

  • Other options let you group results by Project or Parent issue.

  • For custom fields, you can only group by fields that store single values. You can group by values from fields that store data as a string, integer, date, period, float, enum[1], user[1], ownedField[1], state[1], version[1], or build[1] data type.

The following options are not available for grouping data on the report:

  • The time report doesn't let you group by any fields that store multiple values, for example, enum[*] field types. These fields are not displayed in the Group by list. This ensures that work items are not duplicated in the report.

  • You can't group by a field that stores data as text, date and time, group[1] or group[*].

Can view and use

Sets the visibility for the report. By default, the report is visible to its owner only.

To share the report with other users, select a group or project team from the list.

Can edit

Determines who has permission to view and edit the report settings.

To let other users update the report settings, select a group or project team from the list.

Avoiding Duplicated Estimations and Spent Time

When the time tracking feature is active in a project, estimations and spent time for parent tasks are aggregates of the values that are stored in their subtasks. If you generate a report that includes parent tasks and their subtasks, the values for estimations and spent time are counted twice. As a result, the calculations on the report are inflated.

To avoid this problem and generate accurate reports, use the Issue filter setting to remove either the parent tasks or the subtask. For best results, exclude subtasks and enable the collect total spent time from subtasks of issues that match the filter option.

To exclude subtasks from the report, add has: -{Subtask of} to the filter.

For additional information about the relationship between subtasks and their parent issues, see Synchronization Between Tasks and Subtasks.

Example

A report with the following settings displays the amount of spent time that is stored in issues for the YouTrack Release Management project. The report shows activity for a fixed period with one column for each day. Entries are grouped by work type.

Setting

Value

Projects

YouTrack Release Management

Issue filter

<no query>

Period

Fixed period

Group by

Work type

Scale

Days

Here's how the data is presented when shown per user:

Timesheet report presentation per user

Here's the same data as shown per issue:

Timesheet report presentation per issue
Last modified: 22 November 2022