Doing weekly status report where you need to account for your time
Being on time and prepared for meetings
Retaining and sharing knowledge on problems you've solved
Reducing interuptions by tracking
Difficulty of accurately tracking your time
Staying focused when you get interupted
Easily updating your todo list and selecting what to work on
Keywords Time tracking, Alarms, Status reports,Preventing Lateness
Use Cases See keywords
Solution The original name I came up with was called PET which was an accronym Planning, Estimating, Tracking. I wanted to use time tracking to assist with estimating. One of the main reasons for working a lot of overtime is poor estimating.
I dislike doing weekly status reports which I had to account for each hour I worked. The first big idea I had was that I could keep a todo list on a computer and use the list to track my time. By going to my todo list and selection an item, logging the date/time of this action I could better track my time.
I then developed an Alarm system that would notify me. I came up with the idea of prep and travel alarms. These two alarms would be settable, which would notify me to start prepping for a task and when to leave to arrive at the meeting on time. In addition, the system would track your time automatically once you accepted the alarm.
The system was also set up to minimize screen real-estate used by the application and keep you focused on what you were working on via the "Button Bar". The Button Bar was an On Top window that would show what you are currently working on and how long you've been working on the task.
Each Button could be set up to perform time saving functions.
Business model Never developed
VB3 - current version
Foxpro - first version
Marketing and sales Never Marketed
Competition I don't think anyone ever came up with a similar product. But some tools that use
Team Sole developer
Projections and milestones Project currently lives on in Listi.net
Status and timeline This software isn't compatible with 64 bit CPUs or Windows 7.
I am currently working on a version that runs in Microsoft Excel.
I use the software every day and it is very useful to manage all the things you need to do as a software developer. Software does have an exeuctable which is embedded in a zip file that can be dowloaded here (3 Mb).
First version was developed using Microsoft FoxPro
Second version was developed using Microsoft VB3 2/4/2003
Current version in Microsoft Excel is currently under development.