Visualizing Tracked Time and Estimating Forward

| January 31st, 2008 | ,

Visualizing Tracked Time

When we track our time accurately and efficiently, we establish a wealth of data for analyzing past efforts and estimating forward. But we need a way to visualize this data to gain any insight from it. Tracking our time in a web-based project management application like Intervals gives us a distinct advantage in this area. We can see where our time is going.

The Weekly Trends report in Intervals is crucial for identifying patterns. This report reveals the busiest seasons of the year, where your time was spent, and if you are trending upwards or downwards. Visualizing these trends aids in scheduling work, adjusting hourly rates, and calculating break-even points; all components of running a small business. In our experience, visualizing our tracked time in this way reinforces the predict-track-learn methodology.

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John is a co-founder, web designer and developer at Pelago. His blog posts are inspired by everyday encounters with designers, developers, creatives and small businesses in general. John is an avid reader and road cyclist.
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Michael is a co-founder and product architect at Pelago. His contributions stem from experiences managing the development process behind web sites and web-based applications such as Intervals. Michael drives a 1990 Volkswagen Carat with a rebuilt 2.4 liter engine from GoWesty.
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