Time Tracking Guide for Development Teams

Simple time tracking tips that can grow and improve your business.

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Tracking time is essential for growth in competitive markets

Time is a resource like any other and should be optimized. The best way to do that is to track it and find room for improvement. This guide will show you how to take that approach.

Everything you need from developer time management software

Time tracker for developers

Using advanced software to track time, activity, and progress throughout the week significantly boosts your productivity levels. With Clockify, you'll be able to focus on your work without worrying about clocking-in, inputting timesheet data, and dealing with your time entries.

Super simple time tracking

Start the timer with one click. If you forgot to start the timer, you can add time manually after you finish your tasks. Track time from your browser, or via extension/desktop/mobile.

You can also track time inside Trello, Jira, Github, or some other web app.

Clockify is available for: AndroidiOSMacWindowsLinux

Web extensions for: ChromeFirefoxEdge

Task timer apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android

Visual reports

Clockify breaks down all the data and helps you answer the question — "How much time do I really spend on projects?" — by showing you summaries of your time usage. With it, you can gain valuable insights into your productivity and habits, and improve your time management skills.

Developer productivity time report

Manage projects and monitor progress

Create tasks and assign them to team members so they can track time. Estimate how long each task should take and use graphs and charts to check their daily progress.

Developer project status report

Export data

You can use the time you've tracked for payroll. Simply track time using Clockify and then export the data and send it to your clients or managers. Or, you can get the data out of Clockify as PDF, CSV, Excel, or via open API.

Excel export of track time and productivity

How does developer time tracking work?

Tracking time with Clockify is incredibly easy and intuitive, and the next couple of steps will surely be enough to get you started with the app.

Step 1

Create an account

First, you'll have to sign up to start using Clockify and invite your team. It's free for an unlimited number of people, regardless of the plan you're on.

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Step 2

Set up projects

You can use Clockify to:

  • Create projects
  • Categorize them by clients
  • Create tasks on projects

Then, all you have to do is choose a project/task, write an optional description of what you're doing, and start the timer.

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Step 3

Track time

Track time you spend on activities with a single click using a timer. If you forget to start the timer, you can always enter the time manually with all the other time entries.

Step 4

Install the desktop app

You can track time in the browser, or via desktop and mobile app (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux). Desktop apps come packed with useful time tracking features like reminders, idle detection, and more.. Agency time tracking apps

Step 5

Track time inside other apps

Install the web extensions and a timer button will appear in the web apps you use so you can track time more easily. Clockify works with over 80 project and task management tools, such as Jira, Trello, Github, Gitlab, Azure, etc.

Time tracking integration for developers Jira Time tracking integration for developers github Time tracking integration for developers Trello
Step 6

Set hourly rates

Set hourly rate for each project. All you have to do is mark time entries as billable and Clockify will automatically calculate the billable amount.

Step 7

Export reports

You can run an online report and break down time tracking data however you need. When the time comes, export the report as PDF, Excel, or CSV, or share a link to the report with others.

Download PDF samples: SummaryDetailedWeekly

PDF time exports

Perfect for all types of developers

Software developers • Web developers • Frontend and backend developers • Developers working on open-source projects • Freelance developers • Consultant developers • Web designers • Individual developers • Development teams

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