A User Tracking tab was introduced to Cerebro recently.

It enables a bird’s eye overview to determine whether or not your colleagues are busy, and if they are, on which tasks are they working at the moment.

In the top line you can filter users belonging to a particular group or type of activity. You can also select corresponding task status.

Users and tasks they work on will be displayed at the lower table. By default table has names and user avatars, names and icons of tasks, as well as the current status and progress. Task settings view can be configured in a convenient way, enabling and disabling columns (by right-clicking on the column header).

The most important thing is the Switching Time column.

It shows the date and time when the user changed the status of the task (in other words, task is “in progress,” or “done, waiting for comments “). If X is displayed in this column, it means the user is currently free.

But it should be clarified that “free” does not necessarily mean that the user has “nothing to do”. It only means that he so far never switched the status of any task, which he was assigned to as the performer. Basically, he never reported anything or did not take anything to work. How to interpret this information is up to you.

Apart from the obvious way this task is used – gathering data on employee sctions – it can be used as a quick filter.

For example, after selectiong status on the top line, that says “work is done, waiting for comments” (in our example – Pending Review), we will immediately see whose works require supervisor comments, and how long they are in this status.

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