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Team Is Here!

team graphs

This week, we begin rolling out our new Team section!

Since our last announcement, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our work. And we can’t wait for you to see it! A few things up front:

  • You don’t need to do anything to get Team. It’ll simply show up in your main navigation within the next few days.
  • Team replaces the People section, under Manage. You’ll have all the same features you’re used to, plus more.
  • Team is only visible to administrators for now.

Why Team?

As we launch, we wanted to give you some insight into why we built Team. There’s an age-old question in time tracking: How do I know my team is tracking, and how do I know they tracked accurately?

Two things need to happen to answer this question.

First, it needs to be easy for your team to enter time. Harvest has a lot of features to help with that: timesheet reminders, Android and iPhone apps, desktop apps, and integrations galore.

But secondly, it should be easy to review timesheets, so you can ensure tracking is happening. And it should be breezy to edit those timesheets, so you can fix mistakes.

Team Has the Answers

This second point is where Harvest used to fall short:

  • It was cumbersome to see who wasn’t tracking time.
  • There wasn’t a clear way to understand if the time your team tracked was enough, too little, or too much.
  • And lastly, editing a teammate’s time could be time consuming!

With Team, you’ll have answers! In your new Team section:

  • You’ll see at a glance who is and isn’t tracking time for the week. This makes it simple to ensure your team’s putting in their hours.
  • You’ll be able to track capacity! That’s the total hours per week a person is available to work. This is key to understanding if someone is tracking enough time or too much (and are in danger of burning out!). Forecast users, you should be familiar with capacity already. We’ll sync your capacity between Forecast and Harvest!
  • And, you can edit a person’s time in the same place where you review it. This’ll make correcting mistakes a snap!

What We’re Excited About

The first time you go to Team, you’ll see an introduction to get acquainted with the new features I mentioned above—capacity and in-line editing.

So for this blog post, I wanted to share how Team has changed my own Harvest experience while managing some of our recent projects. I’ve been using Team internally for the past few weeks, and one of my favorite features is the ability to see who’s over capacity.

capacity overview

While we worked on Team, I noticed the over-capacity graph pop up for our front-end developer, Pez. And it was enough to prompt me to check in with him, just to make sure he wasn’t overwhelmed. Turns out he was fine! But this check-in was something I wouldn’t have easily known to do before. The change in Harvest is small, but the benefit to our team feels really good.

I also love the project breakdown on each person’s page. During our recent Invoices work, these project breakdowns helped me understand what else our developers had on their plates. And knowing this gave me a deeper understanding of their workload (or a clue that they might have been tracking to the wrong project!).

Project breakdown

To the Future

There’s so much we’re excited about, but for now we’ll let Team speak for itself.

We’re also thinking ahead. A few things we’ve been considering for the future: how to filter your team, a tighter integration with Forecast, and how best to share Team with project managers.

For now, we hope you enjoy Team and all it has to offer today! And as always, we’ll be on hand to help you with the transition. If you have any questions or feedback, just get in touch!

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  • Amazing!!!! Want it right now ;-)

    • Calina Madden on October 18, 2016

      If you refresh your Harvest page, Neyl, you should see Team now! ;)

  • Thanks Calina! ;-)

  • How do I see the “Team” functionality?

    • Calina Madden on October 18, 2016

      We’re rolling out gradually, Reba, so everyone should see Team within the coming days. But I just added it to your account, so you should see it now!

  • So cool! Our team is growing and I’m really looking forward to finally checking it out!

  • Lars Eriksson on October 18, 2016

    Please add it here too :)

  • Thanks for all the hard work you put into this new functionality. Can’t wait to use it.

    Cheers!

  • Are you guys considering a dashboard with this info to display on a TV/monitor? It would be great if it showed the real time tracking of tasks too ;-) #justanidea

  • Yes! Looking forward to this. Is there a hard date on the rollout being complete?

    • Hi DJ, there isn’t a hard date, we’re rolling out over the next couple of weeks, but I’ve added it to your account!

  • Can’t wait for this!

  • Ooh ooh please, can I get in on this a little early? Very excited to use this :D

  • Love it! Great new feature and makes it easy to see who is logging time and who is over capacity. One thing that would make it perfect ….if only it had the daily billable dollar amount as well as the billable hours…..

  • Would LOVE to get in on this action ASAP :D Can’t wait!

    • I’ve added your account to the early access list, if you refresh your Harvest account you should see the team section!

  • Please can I see it too? Thanks! :)

  • This new feature is exactly what we need! I’m spending today overhauling our firm’s Harvest tracking system, and if you could add Team to our account it would be extremely helpful. Thanks!

    • Really glad to hear this is what you need Ross, I’ll happily add it to your account to help you out!
      If you refresh your Harvest page, you should see Team now.

  • Team sounds interesting. When will it be available on my Harvest?

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Tom, I’ve just turned it on for your account, so you should see the new section now!

  • I would love it if you can activate Team on our account too! I’ve been dying to see this in Harvest so our team is more aware

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Vivianne, great to hear this will be useful to you! I’ve turned on Team for your account, so you should see it now.

  • Looks good, can’t wait

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Carl, I’ve turned the section on for your account. If you refresh the page you should see it now!

  • This great and will allow me to be more proactive instead of reactive hopefully – looking forward to trying it!

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Sian, you can try it now! :) I’ve turned it on for your account.

  • Very cool, can’t wait :)

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Thomas, I’ve turned Team on for your account. If you refresh the page you should see the new section.

  • WOW! Can’t wait!

  • Awesome and super helpful!

  • Awesome! Can we (pretty) pleeease have the new Team features?

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Tom, I’ve turned the section on for your account, so you should see it now. :)

  • Judy Anker on October 19, 2016

    This sounds very good, will the details from the current ‘People’ automatically transfer to Team when it’s set up or will we have to do this manually?

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Judy, you don’t need to do anything manually. Everything will move to Team automatically and everyone’s profile details will remain the same. :)

  • Awesome! Look forward to it!

  • Cannot wait for this feature! …answer to our prayers!! WANT WANT WANT!

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Anna, just turned it on for your account! Just refresh the page and you should see it.

  • Amazingly fast customer service! Thanks Israel! Going to have a play right now

  • Judy Anker on October 19, 2016

    That’s great thanks Israel and thank you for your very quick response.

  • I am really exited about this feature for my team! That’s exactly what I need! Can’t wait!

  • Neil Parbrook on October 19, 2016

    This is going to be great.

    How long till we can start using it?

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Neil, I’ve turned Team on for your account, so you can start using it now!

  • No more counting up hours totals! Yes! Nice work Harvest team. We’ve been awaiting this feature. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

  • Sounds great, looking forward to seeing it in action!

  • Can you enable it in my account?

    Thanks!

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Sure! It’s enabled now. Just refresh the page and you should see it in your account.

  • ` First, it needs to be easy for your team to enter time `

    But yet, still no API – The API that exists its unable to add hours to a specific project if you are not administrator. – Which is really a shame, I really would like to make a console integration. Integration with wakatime, and lot of other stuff – But that you need to be admin to see projects is really a dealbreaker.

    • Lorenzo Planas on October 19, 2016

      Hi Martin, we do recommend using a separate administrator user for API requests. Can you drop us a line at support@harvestapp.com with some details of what you’re looking to build? We’ll be happy to help with any roadblocks.

  • Yeah! Waiting for the menu item to pop-up though..

    • Israel Alonso on October 19, 2016

      Hi Alonzo, I’ve turned Team on for your account, so you should see it now!

  • Looking forward to trying this out!

  • Michael Davies on October 19, 2016

    I would love to have the team feature enabled on my account

  • Can you enable it for our account too?

  • Exciting! When will it be ready to use?

  • This is fantastic! Looking forward to using it!! Thanks, Harvest!

  • Hope you can enable it for our account too!

  • Nice! Thank you so much!

  • I see it. Thank you Pez!

  • Can’t wait to get this. Have been looking forward to this since the first blogpost about it. I’m stoked to be able to talk to people about why overtime is a bad thing (most of the time)

    Roll it out faster! :)

  • Being able to filter the Team list by Department would be amazing!

  • Thank you Pez and congrats on rolling it out! The simple design and organization of time is well executed. You’ve saved me hours of review, editing time sheets, and running reports!

    Thank you, thank you and a big congrats to the whole team!

  • Can you roll it out to us?

  • Alex Collins on October 19, 2016

    Hey, any chance you could sneak it to us? Cheers

  • I look forward to all of your updates. Can I get on the “early signup” train too? ;)

  • Lyndsay Neer on October 19, 2016

    Awesoome! Can you roll it out to us.

  • We are looking forward to it too. Could you add us?

  • OK. Since everyone else is asking, I will pile on, too. Can you please add Team for our Admins?

  • Could we have this turned on for use as well?

  • Can you add it to my account too?

  • Karl Heinz Brehme on October 19, 2016

    Great, please let me in too :)

  • Samee Rafiuddin on October 19, 2016

    Have been looking forward to this since your blog post! Can we get in on this early rollout :)

  • Hi, if you can put us in too, that would be great. Thanks.

  • We already have had an issue where someone was accidently adding time to someone else’s account without noticing. Is there a way to turn this feature off?

    • Calina Madden on October 19, 2016

      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble, Tyler! Team can’t be turned off. However, I wanted to mention that the Team section doesn’t allow anyone to enter new time, so if you had an issue with someone adding new time time, it may be related to something else. If you have further questions, it’s best to email us so we can dig into the details and help you more quickly! https://www.getharvest.com/contact

  • Hi Calina,

    Can you add it to our account as well?

    Thanks!

  • Me me me! Please add us as well :)

  • us as well please?!

  • Add us to the list.. was trying to be patient.. but

  • I am really looking forward to this release since the first announcement about the team section! When can i expect it in my account?

  • Henrik Andersson on October 20, 2016

    Great! But I cant see the new function yet? Is it possible to add it?

  • Interesting! Would love to test drive this feature as well :)

  • Nice it is !! I would like to know the Capacity i.e. 35 derived? As we work daily 8 hours for 6 days which is 48 hrs/ week. Can you please let me know how to change the capacity? Thanks.

    • Hi Vivek,

      The capacity is set company wide, or per person within the company. To change the company wide default, head to Settings > Edit Preferences and select a new Default Capacity from the dropdown.

      To set an individuals capacity, open their profile page by clicking their row in Team and choose Edit Profile in the top right, then from the Basic Info tab, choose a new Capacity from the dropdown and click Update Info.

      If you have any other questions, can you please write into support?

  • Would love to try this straight away if possible? Thank you!

    • Israel Alonso on October 20, 2016

      You can try it now! I’ve just added you to the early access list.

  • Hello, you could activate the module? Thank you!!

  • Hi, can you activate it for us please. Sounds great by the way.

  • Hey guys,

    it woud be great if you could activate it for us since this is something we’er desperately in need for! Thank you so much!

    Tobi

    • Israel Alonso on October 20, 2016

      Hi Tobias, you’re in! You should see Team in your account now.

  • Great new feature!

    Request: allow new entries to be created for a specific day in the week overview of a team member. Or perhaps make the date clickable and link it to the specific date in the timesheets.

  • That sounds so very cool! Can’t wait! We have 100+ full time staff that will all benefit from his feature!

  • Hey guys,

    Are you please able to enable this on our account? At the moment we use a separate application for this so would be great to have everything all in one place!

    Many thanks,

    Emma

    • Calina Madden on October 20, 2016

      Sure, I just added your account, Emma! Hope you find it useful!

  • Hi – is it possible to log ‘days’ rather than ‘hours’ with harvest….. we bill on days rather than hours (we can figure it out but it would be nice if Harvest did this for us? Thanks

  • Hey Harvest Team!

    The new update looks like it should be very beneficial. Can’t wait to utilize it with my team and see how it can help.

  • Karen Clough on October 20, 2016

    Looks really cool! Will you notify me when it has been rolled out to my account? I want to make it work for out two teams here.

    • Calina Madden on October 20, 2016

      Yep! It looks like Team is already on for your account, Karen!

  • Really looking forward to checking and testing this out.

  • This sounds awesome! How to we enable it Calina?

  • Looking forward to checking it out, always dig the new features!

    • Calina Madden on October 20, 2016

      Glad to hear it, Rick! You should see Team in your account now!

  • lisa rogerson on October 20, 2016

    I can’t wait to try it!!!! please. :)

  • Katie Stewart on October 20, 2016

    Hi Harvest,
    I would love to see the team functionality too please.

  • We cant wait to try out this feature

  • Me too!Been refreshing like crazy the last few days waiting for it activate.

    • Lorenzo Planas on October 21, 2016

      No more refreshing needed! It’s now active in your account.

  • Awesome! Even though I fly solo, I’ll still get some good use out of it.

  • Hi, we are growing and need to group or staff in several “teams”, will this be available? Or can I somehow filter on “department”?

    Thanks for a great tool!

    • Calina Madden on October 21, 2016

      Hi Mikael–Filtering is a feature we’re currently considering. We’re not yet sure if or how we would implement it, but it’s at the top of our minds.

  • Hi – Can you please turn this on for us admins at V4 Development?

  • This would be a great feature to organize my team, I would like to see how it works!

  • Hi can we have it at affinitybridge pls? Was just about to try to build this stuff in Klipfolio, you might be saving me

  • Great, thank you!

  • Calina Madden on October 21, 2016

    Hi everyone! Team is now out to 100% of Harvest accounts, so all admins should see it now!

  • Cool! Cant wait!!

  • Rachel Chance on October 24, 2016

    It would be great to be able to send the email reminder from Team so that for week’s people haven’t tracked you can pop them the reminder, rather than just from the Timesheets/Approval area.

  • Before, when employees were managed through Manage –> People, you could easily add/remove Projects from each employee’s list. Has that feature disappeared with Team? I can’t find this in the new setup…

    • Calina Madden on October 24, 2016

      It’s still there, Kim! Head to Team, then click on a person. From their team page, click Edit Profile in the top right, and you’ll see all the old features from Manage > People.

  • Hi there! Will project managers be able to use Team as well? Or just Admins?

    • Calina Madden on October 24, 2016

      Right now only admins. But, we’re thinking about opening up to PMs as well! Stay tuned. :)

  • and following on Jessica’s suggestion, can individual users see their own page? great place for them to see their progress hitting their time goals for the week

    • Calina Madden on October 24, 2016

      That’s something we were considering, Mack. We can’t make any promises, but I’ve noted this for the team here!

  • Great feature. I was about bit too quick setting the team-capacity. Can I edit it somewhere?

    • Calina Madden on October 24, 2016

      Yep! Head to Settings. Then scroll down the page and click the green Edit Preferences button. In the Default Capacity section, just choose your new default capacity.

      This will change everyone who’s currently using the default, but it won’t change those people for whom you’ve overridden the default.

      You can also override the default capacity per person via their profile.

  • Lori Davis on October 24, 2016

    I think this would be great for us!

  • Willem Pirquin on October 25, 2016

    Even when working solo, team is quite interesting! It could by made even more interesting by showing the last 4 weeks instead of just your current week (only when you are working solo), so it gives you a better insight in how your workload is spread over your last month.

    Keep up the good work!

  • This is great!! Is there a possibility in the future of linking Forecast with Team so we can see a comparison of what people have and should have worked on?

    • Calina Madden on October 25, 2016

      Yep, we’d like to make the Harvest-Forecast integration more robust! We can’t make a promise about when, but it’s definitely on our minds.

  • Emil Muthu on October 25, 2016

    Hey,
    Could you please add it to our / my account also

  • Kayla Long on October 26, 2016

    Team would definitely be more beneficial to us if we could have managers track their individual teams, as they are the ones who better know if the time is being charged to projects correctly.

  • Morgan Martin-Skerm on October 26, 2016

    I vote for filter by date range so I can view timesheets for a pay period (fortnight).

  • Great work, love it!

    One thing, i’m not very happy when the hour bar turns completely red when someone works *even a little more* than the capacity. It makes the overview too messy. Can you turn it off?

  • Carl Steward on November 17, 2016

    Hi

    Why only a week view? Couldn’t you use your existing date selection interface that allows more options? Month would be great for me. And why not allow custom date ranges, and then you make everyone happy!

    Each page of Harvest seems to have it’s own different way of selecting dates. Why not make them all the same? The Report date select is the best: Week, Semimonthly, Month, Quarter, Fiscal, Year, Custom.

    Cheers
    Carl

    • Calina Madden on November 17, 2016

      Good question, Carl! Timeframes are something I agree could be useful, and I’d love to pick your brain about how you’d calculate your capacity for other timeframes. I’ll follow up by email!

  • +1 for Carls commen! Ability to change between different time frames would make the team section even more usefull. I guess the existing ones would be fine, especially a monthly and a yearly view would help a lot.
    Best
    Michael

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