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At the moment we have a spreadsheet (in 8pt font) as big as small horse, full of ideas for Time Doctor in 2011. Obviously we can’t (or don’t want to) try and implement all of these ideas at once, if at all.
Some of the feature suggestions are already underway, while others are on the back burner while we finish off some of the more important tasks at hand (namely, making sure that Time Doctor is bug free and water tight). For instance, we’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes code re-factoring to try and make things run more smoothly.
Anyhow, our feedback forum is live (powered by User Voice). Please vote, or post your suggestions so other people can vote on them. We’re providing Time Doctor free of charge, so it would be great if you can give a little back – a few minutes of your time is all that we ask.
Please visit http://feedback.timedoctor.com
From today you should start seeing the new Time Doctor Dashboard in your account. If you don’t see it live in the next few days please contact our support team.
So what’s new?
The biggest change is the ability to view and assign tasks for each of your team members. Select a team member and you can easily view the hours worked, the current top priorities and any recently completed tasks (as well as the task they are currently working on).
If you have a new task, or a change to an existing task, you can now make changes from the dashboard which will update each team members desktop Task Manager. Assigning tasks directly like this has many advantages – primarily that it saves time by avoiding email. As we roll out new design features for the desktop app, users will be able to see when new tasks have been assigned and by who.
From the new dashboard, managers can also see which team members are online, who’s on a break and also view and edit the tasks for users who aren’t online (tasks will sync with the server as soon as they start work).
This is just one of many new features we’ll be launching in the next few months. Next up, time tracking for clients and projects, and a time usage tab which will show you exactly how your staff are spending time on the computer.