Introduction To the New Jira Time Tracker

Many of us are using Jira during development and sometimes it is necessary to record our working time spent on resolving a bug or completing a task in Jira. There are a lot of various time trackers but I want to show you a free and easy solution that will help you to track your working time in Jira.

TMetric is a time tracking tool which helps individuals and organizations to be more productive. This time management software provides time tracking, work session monitoring, reporting tools, integrations and much more.

Why is TMetric now called Jira Time Tracker?

Using its rich integration feature TMetric allows you to track your time spent on tasks and projects from Jira and other popular project management platforms such as RedMine, Asana, Trello etc.

With the free version of TMetric you receive detailed analytics (reports) of your working time in Jira during the selected period. You can also see a detailed view of your activities (visited websites and applications) while completing a task/issue in Jira.

Quick feature highlights:

  • Free version
  • Easy to Start
  • Work Day Timeline
  • Easy Task Switching
  • Simple Reports
  • Huge amount of integrations

Preparing to track your work time in Jira

Let's setup TMetric so it can correctly capture your work time from Jira. It is very easy and very fast, don't worry.

Step 1: Create Tmetric account. It will take one minute max.

Step 2: Install Browser extension. Depending on your browser you can install TMetric Chrome plugin, Tmetric FireFox plugin, Tmetric Opera plugin.

Step 3: (optional). After registration you can also install time tracking desktop app so you could track your work activity in details.

Okay. Now you are all set to track issues/tasks time in Jira. Let me show how it works.

Tracking time in Jira. How it works

Before presentation of how it works I may assume you already have an account in Jira and created a project in it.

Let's start from creating an issue.

creating an issue

When the issue is created it is time to start working on it and tracking your time. On a screenshot below I show a window where you can see that below the name of the issue there is a button called Start timer.

button called Start timer

Press it and your working time will start to record in TMetric main dashboard. You can see how it looks on a screenshot below.

Active

As you can see the name of the issue is the same as it was in Jira. It is easy enough to navigate back to Jira only by pressing on Jira issue ID (in our case ID is JCAL-223).

Conclusion

From this short tutorial you now know that tracking time in Jira is very simple. You don't need to dive deeply in specifications and documentation to start using it. And it is also free.

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