RE: Project time tracking application

Subject: RE: Project time tracking application
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Technical Writer" <tekwrytr -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 11:32:45 -0500

Very interesting that you should mention this. I'd been looking for
something similar, and I scoured my own e-mail archives and the list
archives yesterday because I thought the discussion had come up in the
past year or so. I found a reference to Personal Time Manager (PTM
1.4.5, from SourceForge, IIRC). That's what I've been using for the past
couple of years. Light and minimalist and no real complaints. I did not
find the application that I seemed to recall had been more recently
used, tested, and lauded. Unfortunately, I didn't bookmark it and
couldn't recall the exact name.

But I also checked to see what was new and perhaps more feature rich.
After checking out the reviews and sites such as Google, Wikipedia,
Snapfiles, Gizmo Richards "Best Free Software" series, and the like, I
ended up downloading Time Sheet
(http://www.timesheetsmts.com/freesoftware.htm), Toggl
(http://www.toggl.com/), and Grindstone 2
(http://www.epiforge.com/Grindstone2/) for potential testing. Of the
three, Grindstone seemed easiest, lightest, and most appealing to my
needs. I installed that this morning, and I'm very much liking what I
see so far. It looks like it will be easy for reporting -- and I could
easily tie to rates, even variable rates, if I were using during my off
hours to bill a freelance client. The application can be carted around
on a stick, too, and tasks ported back and forth between home and work.

I had to chuckle when I stepped away from my desk for 11 minutes and 22
seconds this morning and was greeted by a message when I hit the first
keystroke upon my return. The application promptly asked what I'd been
doing, if I wanted to assign the time to a task, or "Nothing that
concerns you, Grindstone."

HTH,
Jim

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Subject: Project time tracking application


I work on multiple development projects that are billed separately. What
software (or method) have you found works best for tracking how much
time is spent on which project? Suggestions or experiences would be
greaty appreciated.

Thanks



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