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Looking for a task tracking / timer tool that works with TFS

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  • We've just converted to TFS at work and now we are asked to track how much time we spend on a task.

    At this point it is all manual, we basically enter how much time we think its going to take, then manually update the time spent as we work on the task.

    In theory that is all great but there are so many interruptions throughout the day that it becomes very difficult to track exactly how much time your spending on a task.

    What I'm looking for is a tool that can basically download your tasks and then I can just pick a task, hit a start button and have it automatically keep track of my time spent.  If I'm interrupted I can then just press a "pause" button, and then "resume" when I get back to that task.  

    Is there anything like that out there?

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:57 PM

Answers

  • Nothing out of the box available in VS 2010. 

    If you are using VS 2011 you can take advantage of the task suspend and resume functionality which would be closest to what you are trying to do. You can basically assign a task to in progress, start working on it and when interrupted suspend the task, this not only allows you to set something else to in progress and start working on that but also allows you to save the settings of ur visual studio such as quick watch, break point settings, etc when you suspend the task. Read more about this on msdn... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/hh440470 

    You can however look at this free time tracking clock that lets you manually create the tasks and use the stop watch against those tasks to track your time. This desktop application also allows you to export the records to a xml, csv, etc. Read more here... http://timer.vertabase.com/ 

    HTH
    Cheers, Tarun


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    Tarun Arora

    Blog: http://geekswithblogs.net/TarunArora  Subscribe in a reader

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:12 PM

All replies

  • Nothing out of the box available in VS 2010. 

    If you are using VS 2011 you can take advantage of the task suspend and resume functionality which would be closest to what you are trying to do. You can basically assign a task to in progress, start working on it and when interrupted suspend the task, this not only allows you to set something else to in progress and start working on that but also allows you to save the settings of ur visual studio such as quick watch, break point settings, etc when you suspend the task. Read more about this on msdn... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/hh440470 

    You can however look at this free time tracking clock that lets you manually create the tasks and use the stop watch against those tasks to track your time. This desktop application also allows you to export the records to a xml, csv, etc. Read more here... http://timer.vertabase.com/ 

    HTH
    Cheers, Tarun


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help.

    Tarun Arora

    Blog: http://geekswithblogs.net/TarunArora  Subscribe in a reader

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:12 PM
  • Hi Adrian, 

    Thanks for your post.

    Sorry for any inconvenience, as Tarun said, there’s no that out of box available in VS 2010. But Tarun provided us the better suggestions, you can try to take them.

    For this scenario, I suggest you submit it as a suggestion to User Voice site at: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio. Microsoft engineers will evaluate them seriously.


    John Qiao [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    Monday, March 12, 2012 3:30 AM
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  • There is one interesting tool on codeplex: https://tfstracker.codeplex.com/
    Monday, December 16, 2013 8:21 PM
  • Hi,

    Try out Replicon Software, it has good features and user-friendly functionalities. You can use it to download your tasks, to make instant payments and track time spent on different tasks accurately. This software could handle a lot more tasks than just invoicing and it has made many of the difficult tasks very easy.

    There are a lot of benefits you could get from this time recording application. It has been one of the most helpful applications we’re using in our office. I’m sure you’d love its functionalities and multi-language features. Visit ( Replion.com ) website to know more details of this tool.

    Thanks!

    Monday, December 23, 2013 8:54 AM