Entering time for a work item

In the work item editor, you can enter the number of hours per day that you spend on a work item. You can associate each work item with one or more time codes, which categorize work. For example, you might categorize your work by using these time codes: development, review, and testing. You can add or delete time codes in the project area editor.

Before you begin

To enter time for a work item, you must be the owner of the work item.

About this task

By default, this feature is available in the Formal Project Management process template. If you are using the Scrum process template, you can enable this feature by customizing the template. For more information about customizing the template, see Adding formal project management features to a process template.

By default, the Time Tracking tab is available for the Defect, Task, and Risk Action work item types only.


  1. Open the work item.
  2. Click the Time Tracking tab.
  3. Select the week to enter time for. By default, the current week is displayed.
  4. Click Add.
  5. From the Add Time entry menu, select a time code. You can choose from a list of predefined time codes.
  6. From the project area editor, you can add, edit, or delete a time code. To edit a time tracking entry, select the row that contains the entry and click Edit.
  7. Edit the hours, click OK, and save the work item.
  8. In the day fields, enter the number of hours that you worked on the work item for each day and click OK. The Week Total field displays the total number of hours that are entered for the week. The Total field displays the total number of hours that are entered for the work item. To delete a time code entry, select the row and click Delete.
    Note: You can delete unsaved time entries. If all values are set to 0, you can also delete saved time entries. By default, the value in the Work Item Total field on the Time Tracking tab is synchronized with the value in the Time Spent field on the Overview tab.

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