Task Page

This page lets you view a task and update its details.

Details

A task is an item of work for an issue, possibly assigned to a particular user. To learn more about tasks, see Ketura Tour Step 3: Tasks.

This tab lets you view and edit the details of an issue’s task.

To update the task’s details:
  • Update the form. The Summary and Expected work remaining fields must be completed to update the task’s details.
  • Click the Apply button.
To mark the task as complete
  • Click the Mark As Complete button.
To abandon changes before you have applied them:
  • Click the Reset button. The fields will be restored to their previous values.

Description of form fields

Issue The issue to which the task belongs. Followed in square brackets by severity, state and topic (as a link if you have permission to view the topic).
Task summary A summary of the task.
Assigned To The user to which the task is assigned to, or <unassigned> if the task is not assigned to a user.
Planned Work The planned work of the task.
Work Done The sum total of the work done on this task. This value is derived from user’s work journals.
Expected Work Remaining The estimate of the expected work remaining for the task, typically made by the person to whom the task is assigned.
Variance

The difference between the planned work and the expected total work (which is sum of work done + expected work remaining).

The value shows the difference in the task assignee’s and project manager’s estimates of work required to complete the task.

The variance is shown in red if the duration is longer than the project manager expected, or green if it is shorter or the same as expected.

% Complete
(Expected Work)

The ratio, expressed as a percentage, of the work done to the expected total work (which is sum of work done + expected work remaining).

This column displays the task assignee’s estimate of the progress towards completing the task.

Description An optional full description of the task.

Work Journal Section

This tab shows a historical record of the work effort spent on the task. Each work journal entry represents a period of time a user spent on the task.

The cost information provided by Ketura is calculated on the current hourly cost of users. Consequently, any changes in a user’s hourly cost over the duration of a task are not taken into account.

To create a new work entry for this task:
  • Click the New Entry in Your Work Journal for This Task link that can be found on the top left of this tab.
To view your work journal:
  • Click the Your Work Journal link that can be found on the top left of this tab.
To change the sort order of the work journal:
  • Click the Start Date column heading link. Each time you do this, the order in which work journal entries are sorted will be reversed.

Description of table columns

User The id of the user who created the work journal entry (as a link if you have permissions to view the user).
Start Date The date on which the work recorded by the work journal entry starts.
Start Time The time on which the work recorded by the work journal entry starts. Times are displayed to the nearest minute, although Ketura records them in its database to the nearest second.
End Time The time on which the work recorded by the work journal entry ends. This is typically on the same date as the start date, but might be on the following day if the entry’s duration means that the entry spans midnight. Times are displayed to the nearest minute, although Ketura records them in its database to the nearest second.
Duration The duration of the work recorded by the work journal entry. This is the difference between the start and end times.
Cost The cost of the user’s time recorded by the entry. This is calculated by multiplying the duration of the work recorded in the work journal entry by the relevant user’s hourly cost.

For help working with tables, see Tutorial 1: The Basics of Working with Ketura.