Work log : Track your users’ activity

Work log provides detailed data on your team’s activity. With Work log, you can use filters to find specific data and dig into the details of activity for your team or a specific user. 

Team leads, managers, and scrum masters can use this data to view patterns in activity. Over time, these patterns can help you track alignment and spot opportunities for guidance.

What can you do with the Work log?

If you’re the team leader, you can:

  • View a user’s or team’s activity data.

  • Get an overview of where users are on their projects.

  • Understand a contributor’s typical work pattern and identify breaks in that pattern

  • Understand what typical work patterns are for each role in your engineering org (i.e. full time developer, product manager, junior or senior developer, QA, etc.) 

What is activity?

Activity includes comments, commits, pull requests, work on tickets, and more. Each activity corresponds to an icon. You can find the activity key below the Work log filter. 

How do I find the data I need?

Work log has four tools to help you find the data you need. Use the tools to narrow down your data search and quickly find the information you are looking for. 

  1. Use the top filter to sort by User or team, search by user and team, include or exclude nested teams, search and narrow by repo, select a time period, and choose to display weekends.

  2. Use the Work log filter to view data by the overall picture, by repo, by team, or by user. You can also sort by name and by activity (low-to-high or high-to-low). Additionally, you can show all work types or choose a specific work type, such as code commits. 

  3. Move between weeks using Prev | Today| Next. 

  4. Use the search tool to find a specific project or issue. Search a keyword to highlight commits, PRs, or tickets with that keyword. Here, you can also select how many rows to view and move between pages. 

Once you’ve applied your filters, you’ll be able to view the activity data you seek. Each activity is represented by an icon. Use the icon key to see which activity corresponds to which icon.

How do I view my user’s activity?

Here, we’ll discuss the user activity data. Filter By user and you’ll see the individuals and their activity. This high-level overview helps you spot patterns and trends within your users’ activity. 

Hover over an icon to view detailed information about that activity. When you click on the icon, a menu will appear. This menu provides the ID number and additional functionality, like accessing your git host. Pin these activities across to take a deeper look into the activity.

Use the user menu to dive deeper into the user’s activity. From this menu, you can view specific details. Additionally, you can open the user activity in another report by clicking Filter by user in...

You can view data details for a single day

Now that you have viewed data across teams, you might want to dig deeper into that data for a specific day. 

To view team data for a specific day:

  1. Set View filter to By team

  2. Find the team you want to view 

  3. Hover over an activity area for an engineer and click on the black space outside of the icons. Click in the black space around the data icons.

You should arrive on a page that looks like this:

On this page, you can view activity details for different days. Use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the page to move through each activity in sequence. 

This page allows you to understand your engineers’ work without interrupting their flow state. Use this view to spot patterns and understand how your engineers typically move through their day. 


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