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Team: A New Section Coming Soon

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Get ready, in the coming weeks we’re releasing a new section in Harvest called Team!

Why the change? We heard from a lot of you that it’s difficult to keep track of your team’s time. There were some burning questions that Harvest just wasn’t great at answering quickly:

  • How do I make sure my team’s putting in time, and that their time is accurate?
  • How do I answer basic questions about my team? For example, did my team track enough time? Or, who’s working way too much and in danger of burning out?

Team will offer some insight. We imagine it as the place you’ll go to review and edit your team’s time, easily see who is and isn’t tracking, and better understand the details of their hours.

Team will also replace your Manage > People section. You’ll still be able to do everything you currently can. We’re simply combining those old administrative features with some more useful and robust reporting to help you better understand your team’s time. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

We’ll slowly release Team to all Harvest accounts in the coming weeks, and you don’t have to do anything to get it. When we release, you’ll simply see Team in your main navigation. And, we’ll be sure you have all the info you need to use and understand your new section.

If you have any questions until then, the best place to chat with us is by email. Just get in touch!

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  • That’s very good news. also very useful

  • Anselm McClain on September 7, 2016

    This looks like an excellent enhancement, thanks – very much looking forward to trying it out. Definitely the kind of thing we will look at regularly to all stay in sync.

  • Agreed. Takes away a lot of manual calculation.

  • Bryan Dolan on September 7, 2016

    Looks great!! Have a question;

    Currently, there is a ‘Project Manager’ account type, who can see all data for projects on which they are designated as a PM.

    In our organisation, all team members have a HR Manager, who isn’t always the same person as the PM managing the project they have been assigned to.

    Ideally, a HR manager could view only the hours of their direct reports.

    It would be great if, in the ‘Basic Info’ page for each team member, a ‘Manager’ could be assigned. This info could then be used to filter a managers view in the Team page.

    Is this a function that could be introduced? It would be super helpful!

  • Will this allow me to simply see how many hours each team member is billing a client. I am not looking for the task-based breakdown like it is now.

  • Nice!

  • Kyahn Williamson on September 7, 2016

    Great addition but does it enable you to set up multiple teams and see a view of a particular department rather than a picture of all of the users in the organisaiton

  • Very nice. Looking forward to this.

  • Matthew Harris on September 7, 2016

    Very excited about this!

  • Very excited to give this a try. As always, thank you Harvest Team! (pun intended)

  • This is great! Will team sync with forecast?

  • Very excited about this. Cannot wait to try it out.

    I mirror Fela’s comment… Does it sync w Forecast?

  • Sergio Tarzia on September 8, 2016

    S E N S A T I O N A L…!

  • Can’t wait! More advanced and visual reporting on projects would also be amazing whenever you guys are ready :) (things like profitable projects, performance of all projects over time, etc.. very useful for us as an agency.)

  • I am very much looking forward to this function.

  • Adam Whitehead on September 8, 2016

    Reading the title I was hopeful this might have included being able to change bill rates within projects and define cost rates per project. Please Harvest, this is a glaring omission that needs to be rectified.

  • Good timing! We were about to jump ship. Today I am running payroll and saw this and am pretty happy as I don’t really want to leave but we are getting bigger and it is getting to time consuming to deal with all of the hoop jumping to see our team. We will hold and keep going with you as we are hopeful for the announced changes!

  • Excellent, also interested to know if will work with forecast… look forward to the roll out!

  • I just hope in this release will be a critical feature we have been asking for is for two rates against each team member (we mainly use subcontractors), bill rate to client and cost rate at project level

  • Kathi Kaiser on September 8, 2016

    Will we be able to set individuals as “billable” vs. “nonbillable”? Currently only tasks have that distinction, but it’d be very helpful to set administrative and sales team members to nonbillable for all tasks.

    • Calina Madden on September 8, 2016

      We don’t plan on making changes to the way you can set up the billable vs nonbillable distinction. Sorry about that, Kathi! Your best bet is to have nonbillable people track time to nonbillable projects or tasks.

  • Stacey Boeke on September 8, 2016

    This is a very exciting feature. Will it be able to allow us to look at department views?

  • Tiffany Schafer on September 8, 2016

    This sounds great! Looking forward to the new features. I am with Kyahn’s comment about being able to set up/separate out multiple teams within one organization. That would be amazing!

  • I think others have asked about this, but I’ll ask it anyways:

    Can we have multiple teams per account?

    I’d like to see statistics by team so – Development, Creative, etc.

  • Magnus Birkenes on September 8, 2016

    Sounds great. Can you please add a one-click “credit note” function a priority next? That is a very, very basic functionality that is somehow missing from this system, to much chagrin to a large number of users. It is actually one of the main gripes with Harvest, according to a number of people I have spoken too. And I agree…

    Please, please add this.

  • Trisha Haszel Kreibich on September 8, 2016

    Awesome!

  • Andrea Budavari on September 8, 2016

    This is very exciting. We are just in the test phase but will be rolling it out to the team very soon. It will be helpful as we are growing and have set up different teams within the department. Can’t wait to take a look.

  • Calina Madden on September 8, 2016

    Thanks for the excitement about Team, everyone! We’re eager to get this out, and can’t wait to share this new section with you!

    Fela, Melinda, Ben: Yep, we’re planning to sync with Forecast! It’ll be fairly simple to start, but we hope to make the integration even more robust as we keep working on Team.

    Bryan, Kyahn, Stacey, Tiffany, Alex, Andrea: : At the moment, on release we don’t think Team will allow you to set up specific teams that you can filter to, or be viewed by other managers. However, this is something we’re very interested in! I’d love to know more details about how you’d like to filter or assign teams. If you’d like to chat, just get in touch here: https://www.getharvest.com/contact

  • Glad to hear it, excited to test out the new feature!

  • Does this introduce new data into harvest? And if so, will that data be available via the API?

    • Calina Madden on September 12, 2016

      With our current plans, Team would to allow you to track how many hours per week each person is available to work–that’d be new to Harvest. I’m sorry, but we’re not yet sure if this will be available via our API when we launch.

  • Can’t wait !

  • How soon?

    • Calina Madden on September 12, 2016

      We hope to launch within the next several weeks, Danilo! Sorry I can’t offer a firm date, but it’s difficult for us to estimate, and I wouldn’t want to promise a date we couldn’t meet! We’ll be sure to have additional announcements when we know for sure.

  • Will this upgrade reflect actual % utilization when more than 40 hours per week are billed? Right now utilization is capped at 100% even when more than 40 hours are logged in a week. For example, if someone bills 44 hours, will this new feature allow the actual utilization to show as 110%? Thanks

    • Calina Madden on September 12, 2016

      We don’t yet have specific plans to make the change you mentioned, Jordan. However, in Team, you’ll be able to easily see how much each person is available to work each week, and whether or not they’ve met that capacity.

  • A lot of good questions from Sep 7-8, any chance you can answer them? Curious myself.

  • Looks good. I know this is a feature request, but it would be great if the bars could optionally show average start and end times. As a distributed team we sometimes have a hard time knowing when the team is actually on.

  • CAN’T WAIT! We’re growing by leaps and bounds and looks like Harvest is too!

  • You guys can’t put in a “Reimbursable” flag for expenses in over 2 years yet you overhaul the team section? Just add the flag already! Is there an official way to request a feature so that we can see how long it has been since you haven’t implemented it or maybe people can vote on the features? I pay for Harvest more than I pay for Google Apps, twice as much in fact, and it’s starting to look less like a good value the more I use it. I used to love the simplicity and the attentiveness of the team but that’s getting old.

    • Calina Madden on September 14, 2016

      I’m sorry you feel this way, Tolga! The best way to request features is by email, since it allows us to chat in more detail about what you’re looking for, and to understand why. At the moment, we don’t have near-term plans to implement reimbursable expenses, but I’ve made note for the team that you’ve asked for it.

  • What a cool feature. We here at “Teem” will benefit largely from it.

  • We don’t have teams, we only have projects so I feel like this offers absolutely no assistance whatsoever for PMs to track how their PROJECT is doing in terms of how people have marked(or not) their hours, right?

    • Calina Madden on September 14, 2016

      Team will help you understand if people in your account are tracking enough time, and what they’re tracking to. It could be useful for you, but it’ll depend on the specifics of what you’re trying to do. Feel free to email if you’d like to chat more in detail about it!

  • Calina, thanks for your response. I have already emailed you guys several times since I have become a client. I’m not sure how long it’s been but guessing about 2 years. There was never a “We’ll get that on our feature backlog” but instead kept getting a “yea, that’s not on our plan right now” response. Just curious as to how your product managers come up with the plan as apparently it does not involve client input but instead what they think clients need.

    There are three main reasons i can think of right now for companies to track expenses: 1. accounting, 2. billing (this is why you guys have the Is Billable flag) and 3. reimbursement. Any business that’s more than just a 1-person company will eventually have to worry about reimbursing their employees their expenses, at least some of them. E.g. some expenses might be on company card and do not need reimbursing while some might need to be reimbursed or some employees have company card while some don’t. Simply duplicating each task, one with “Reimbursable” in the name and one with “Non-reimbursable” is not a good solution, is error prone, and is costing me a lot of pain and productivity loss. I cannot possibly be the only client you guys have that needs this.

    Now, if I was asking for something complicated, I’d understand. But adding a simple boolean flag would (I should say “should”) really only take a single developer a few hours in most systems. I know, because my company does software for a living. So I still cannot understand why, over years, this has been so hard to get into the product.

    Sorry that I’m hijacking your post here, but I would say I am a pretty disgruntled client, considering I pay more to Harvest, a relatively simple application, than some other much more complicated systems I use, yet simple requests are ignored for a long time. It’s only a matter of time before something else comes along that will earn my business. You guys are lucky for now you’re in a market space full of dinosaurs.

    Feel free to email me if you’d rather carry the rest of this conversation through email.

  • *Tonga*

    I don’t work for Harvest, but I do work in technology and we build platforms and software just like Harvest & Forecast.

    I felt the need to write to you and comment because I’m sure Harvest will be too polite to.

    Harvest are trying to create something that appeals to the masses across industries and verticals but somehow remains simple and usable. It’s no easy feat and they’ve done an incredible job so far.

    Unlike traditional customer service models, getting disgruntled isn’t going to get you the feature(s) that you want. Things work differently in software. In this instance features & the selection of work will be driven by demand, directional fit for business, user testing, insights from data and likely a desire to link Harvest & Forecast closer together. Obviously Harvest have made the decision to add a very large section/feature rather than bloat other sections of their platform. I think it’s a great idea.

    And lastly, Harvest is a complex system. Just coz it doesn’t do everything you want it to and it’s a one stop shop, doesn’t mean it’s not complex.

    Additionally, it’s so complex that’s why there are little competition… It’s very very hard to build what Harvest have managed to do.

    Sounds like some of the feature(s) you are after are actually financial systems/tools… some of which Harvest links up to seamlessly.

  • Any update on this?

    • Calina Madden on September 26, 2016

      We’re still putting the finishing touches on Team, but we should be launching within the next few weeks!

  • Are we there yet? I think you guys teased us too early! Hanging for this update!!!

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