Engineering features built into the timesheet and across the app.
Engineering companies care about deliverables, milestones, and ship dates. Many of them also care about employee utilization percentages and effective billing rates. But mostly, they want to make sure their projects are on time and under budget. Time is a very important factor to engineering and development companies. So it's important that their timesheet meets those requirements.
Multiple Projects Engineers typically work on multiple projects at once. They need to multitask and apply talent to a multitude of challenges every day. That means they need a timesheet that displays only projects assigned to them, and allows them to manually enter hours plus click quick tasks as they start and stop tasks. Switching tasks quickly is an important factor.
Task Assignments It's important that your timesheet only display tasks that are assigned to you (or your workgroup). Seeing everything is too much clutter. It's also too much clutter to see tasks that you won't work on for another three months. Task relevancy is paramount. You can click filter choices that reduce the list considerably. This lets you zoom through the tasks at hand, mark them as complete, and move on. Nobody has time for searching a timesheet for the tasks they should be working on. Let the computer do that!
Assign Projects By Skill Every engineer has skills they can apply to company efforts. Simply enter these skills into the employee profile and they become available for assigning engineers to projects by their skills. You can see which engineers have available hours to work on the job. It can also help to find resource allocation for a certain type of engineer.
Forum Messaging Communication and collaboration are built into this timesheet. Each project task has a forum topic built in. Simply click the "Message" link and enter comments and questions for each task. Other engineers can reply with answers.
Resource Allocation How do you know when an engineer is available to work? Is a certain employee over-worked or under-worked? Do they have too much on their plate or just about right. Resource allocation answers those questions. It displays a graphical chart with assigned tasks over the coming weeks and months. You simply find the low spots and fill them in.
Employee Availability This is much like resource allocation. It's the inverse, in fact. If a person is allocated, he is generally not available for new work. This graph displays bars for time periods when employees are available for new work. You can search for them by skill or person. Employees get an email notification when they are assigned to new jobs.
Task Percent Warnings Need to keep that engineering project moving along? Want to stop "task camping" where employees sit on one task because it is comfortable and the upcoming ones are not? Task percent warnings tell the employee when the task is nearly complete. Errors stop time input completely. These measures help keep the project moving along.
Project Improvement The point of all these measures is to improve projects. Learn how long certain types of projects take. Improve delivery dates. Trim fat. And get better at project scheduling and estimates. Engineering companies know this, and trust this timesheet to aid them in their efforts.