Switching between your project management solution and ITSM tool can be inconvenient and time-consuming. In order to address this, Freshservice has introduced project management feature integrated with the service desk. This enables IT teams to use a single tool to manage their projects in tandem with IT service management processes such as incidents, changes, and assets.
What does it mean?
Most IT projects involve intense planning and a considerable amount of risk. Project management feature in Freshservice will:
- Eliminate the need to juggle between a separate project management solution and your ITSM tool.
- Easily link projects to incident, changes, and assets bringing more visibility into how they are related.
- Ensure on-time delivery of projects by capacitating users to efficiently manage, prioritize and track projects.
- Facilitate seamless collaboration with different teams.
So there's still no way to track time against project tasks? The module looks great in concept but considering that our business revolves around tracking and billing time, this oversight critically limits the module's usefulness to us.
We'll start using it once the time tracking and reporting gets ironed out.
Another thing that I would like to point is that there is no ability to place a project on hold. You either have Open, In Progress, or Closed. We tend to forecast our projects in our organization and prepare all of the tasks that are going to be associated with the project well ahead of the start date. By not having the option to add or adjust status types, organizations such as mine will typically have about 40 open projects since we cannot thoroughly segregate them by statuses. Would be a really nice feature to be able to edit the various fields under Project Management.
I second Peter's post. In evaluating the product, there is a gap in the project module around resource management from the perspective of identifying who is assigned to what, how much time they are spending from a requested vs actual perspective, and there is nothing around financials such as budgeted, actuals, po and invoice tracking, etc. It's a great start for managing small task based projects, but its missing some key elements. Also I can't find any reports around projects so as to build any dashboards or generate executive level reporting, is that coming?
I like the projects feature, but as it's still a new product there's also some room for improvement. I would also like to be able to put in time worked on tasks. And some different ui views for the projects. For the moment, you can only see the all the projects, it would be nice if you could also get a agent view, to see who is working on which projects. A gantt chart view of a project/agent would also be really useful.
The project management is a nice feature.
However since i work alot on projects where can i put my time that i work on the tasks ?
I think this is a must have so you can see at the end how many time a project has taken.
@Deepika any plans to allow agents to input their time worked on a project similar to how time is input into a ticket? Preferably into the project tasks.
Would also be nice to have project tasks separated from ticket tasks on the main Dashboard.
So I love this tool but obviously very early release. Can someone answer these questions?
Absolutely great you've put this tool in with Fresh Service. What feature that would be nice that we use elsewhere is to automate tasks based on a scenario. For example, if a company is spinning up new sites in bulk they're all separate projects but they each would need the same tasks. Would be great if we could create those minimum tasks required as part of the scenerio and then automate the scenerio to add those to the project.
Hi, great work on the projects module. It looks fanatastic and easy to use! One of the most important features in projectmanagement is supplying a report on the workload of the projects department. Before I can start using this feature I need to be able to create instant reports on status of the projects. When will this be implemented??
In my experience tasks are usually listed before they are scheduled, so yes, drop the forced scheduling, its limiting.
Make time optional. Most project tasks is date based, not time based.
Dont limit the scheduling to preset project start/stop dates. Projects are alive, and are constantly evolving and changing.
Give us edit fields, not dropdowns for time and dates, dropdowns in these cases are a huge productivity drain.
Also, give us an option to delete, or at least abandon projects.
Great to see some new features introduced into FreshService. Keep up the work!
We would like to see the ability to limit visibility of individual projects to certain agents or requesters involved with the project. Currently the Roles control option only seem to allow one to view every existing projects, which may not be relevant or even should not have access to.
Thanks for explaining, I can understand why due dates might have to be optional in your case. I will keep you posted on this.
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@Deeika - I spoke to the team about this and we came up with two main reasons.
1 - When you set up a project and know what tasks will be part of the project but don't yet know the due dates. Maybe you need to define all the tasks before you can even work out what the due dates will be on each. Otherwise you'd have to make all tasks on paper and work out the dates, then do data entry into fresh service.
2 - Sometimes you will make a project and work off priorities instead of dates. For example if you have a lot of projects and variability and the dates would constantly change, instead you'd rather define scope and priority and then work through all projects on a priority order.
Thank you for your feedback.
@Todd - We’re glad to hear that your team loves the project management module! Regarding the due dates for tasks, it will be helpful if you could share more information about the nature of projects that are implemented to help me understand why this field is not used.
@Craig - I agree, IT projects can have tasks that need to be delegated to members outside of the IT team (non-agents). To address this concern, we’re introducing a new user type called ‘Collaborator’ who will have all permissions as that of a requester along with a few additional privileges of an agent, one of which is to be a project member. This feature is in the final stages of development and will be shipped soon.
@Sukh - Project tasks are already tied to the FS Calendar. However incorporating projects in the calendar is currently not available - I will keep you posted on this feature. Regarding the association of releases and projects, could you share your use case to help me understand the ask better?
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