Update 11-10-2016: Since we published this blog post, we’ve heard significant feedback that expanding project manager permissions in Team has the potential to expose sensitive information many of our customers need to continue to restrict. We’re currently reconsidering our permissions change, and will update this blog post as soon as we have more news. In the meantime, only administrators have access to Team, and our permissions remain unchanged.
Our new Team section has been live for a few weeks. So far, only administrators have been able to see it.
This means project managers are missing out on useful Team info—like the quick and easy glimpse at who’s working on what, when, and how much.
Soon, project managers won’t have to miss out anymore! Within the next couple of weeks, we’ll open Team to project managers.
When we release Team to project managers, they’ll be able to see some time-related info they currently can’t. Here’re the details.
What will project managers see in their Team section?
Project managers will be able to see this info in their Team section:
- All the people on projects they manage.
- All the time tracked by these people (including time on projects the PM does not manage).
What will project managers NOT see in their Team section?
- Project managers will not see any billable rates or cost rates in Team.
- They will not see any money-related information in Team, like fee-based budgets, billable amounts, or invoiced amounts.
- They will not see a person who is not on a project they manage.
- They will not be able to edit time entries for other people.
- They will not be able to add, edit, archive, or delete anybody.
- They will not see anyone’s profile page (it looks like this, and contains the person’s name, email, rates, etc).
A side note: if your project managers can currently see rates, invoices, or fee-based budgets in other parts of Harvest, they’ll still be able to.
How does this differ from what project managers see today?
Currently, project managers can see only time tracked to projects they manage.
For example, T.J. may have worked 1 hour on my project and 60 hours on another manager’s project. I won’t see those 60 hours, because they’re for a project I don’t manage.
With this upcoming change, project managers will be able see the full timesheet for people on projects they manage. This means a PM may see time tracked to projects they don’t manage. But, they’ll only see this time if it’s been tracked by a person on a project they do manage.
Why the change?
We think it’s important for a project manager to get the full story about their team’s work. Take the above example, where T.J. worked 1 hour on my project and 60 on another manager’s project.
Previously, I wouldn’t know that T.J. worked a 61-hour week. And I’d be stumped as to why my project wasn’t done, or maybe frustrated at T.J.’s lack of motivation.
But in reality, maybe T.J. just tracked time to the wrong project! Or, maybe he really is spread too thin and is stressed about his workload. The problem might not be with his work, but with scheduling—which is beyond his control!
Our permissions changes should make these problems obvious and easy to catch. Your team’s time will be more accurate, and you’ll have a better picture of their day-to-day. We think this kind of transparency is going to be hugely beneficial to understanding your team’s work, and catching those time tracking mistakes.
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We believe this upcoming permissions change will make Harvest all the more useful for all you project managers out there! We’ll release this change within a few weeks, to give some time to prepare for it.
If you think this change is going to be problematic for you, or you have any questions, please let us know!