As someone who was always responsible for quoting for new work back when we had a consultancy business, having a feature like our new Task Estimates would have really helped me gauge if I was quoting realistically for jobs and, more importantly, if we were making money on these projects.
There can sometimes be a massive gap between the time you quote for and the time you actually end up working….and it’s very rare that it’s in your favor.
We have been planning this new feature for quite a while, and over the last 2 months in particular the amount of requests we received for this just grew and grew. This added to the motivation to push this feature up the Roadmap and to get it rolled out.
You now have the ability to add estimated time to a task. This feature will now really help you become even more organized. It will help you plot out the amount of time a project is going to take, and for those of you that charge and quote by the hour this is going to become a vital tool.
Add estimated time to a task - Teamwork Projects
Now over time you will be able to compare the time you estimated to the actual time you logged on the project.
With this new feature comes some very nice new reporting extras. The new Workload chart and the Extended Task List time report.
Right, so how does this feature work?
When creating tasks you will have the option to add an estimated time. This is available in the new Progress tab. Enter in the hours and minutes you think it will take to complete the task and save.
We also added a quick way to add estimated time to tasks. On the Task page you will notice a plus sign as you place your mouse over tasks. Click this to quickly add estimated time for that task.
 
Add estimated time to a task - Teamwork Projects
Add estimated time to a task - Teamwork Projects
Once you have estimates added to your tasks across your projects you can view our new Workload chart. A lot of you have been looking for this. This new chart shows you the amount of work that you and your team have on across all your projects between certain dates. If a few of you have 20 hours work to do in 8 hours you might need to split the work up a bit!
Workload chart - Teamwork Projects
Workload chart - Teamwork Projects
You can also see from this Workload chart the estimated time versus the actual time logged.
The last report that has changed is the time report on a Task List. If you run this you get a breakdown of the total time estimated, actual logged time and what’s billable across all the tasks.
Time report on a task list - Teamwork Projects
Time report on a task list - Teamwork Projects
We really hope you enjoy this new feature and as always, if you have any feedback, please send it on.