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Tracking Work Hours

Last post 09:06 pm January 26, 2023 by Daniel Wilhite
3 replies
05:09 pm January 26, 2023

Hello, is there a way to track what the team is working on. My team usually puts an avg of 3hrs / day out of an 8 hour day. I was trying to figure out a way to account for the other 5 hrs as the capacity is low. We use Azure devops 

08:11 pm January 26, 2023

What the Developers should be working on is a Done finished increment which meets a Sprint Goal. It's up to them to monitor their own progress towards their commitments. Various techniques exist for doing so such as burn-down and burn-up charts. 

Are they having difficulty with this? It's more important that they can account for their commitments than hours and capacity.

08:18 pm January 26, 2023

Incidentally, I'll hazard a guess as to where the other 5 hours are going. The company has not stopped doing anything to start doing Scrum. That's the usual reason.

09:06 pm January 26, 2023

Is the team delivering usable, valuable increments each Sprint?  If so, why do you need to know the hours that they are putting in?  In my experience, you start asking people to log their hours, you will find that they are doing the same amount of work even if they are logging extra hours.  

As @Ian said, the other 5 hours are probably being used in status meetings, planning meetings, mandatory training, meetings to plan other meetings, etc.  The usual stuff that happens at companies that haven't fully embraced the concept of the Scrum framework.  

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