Tickets

A ticket is a kind of task that cannot be scheduled in a unitary manner.

This is usually a short-lived activity for a single ticket that gives feedback to the issuer or to keep track of the result.

Tickets management screen

Tickets management screen

It can be globally planned as a general activity, but not unitarily.

For instance, bugs should be managed through tickets :

  • You can not plan bugs before they are registered.

  • You must be able to give a feedback on each bug.

  • You can (or at least should) globally plan bug fixing activity.

Due dates

  • Initial and planned due date allows to define a target date for solving the ticket.

Initial due date

  • If a definition of ticket delay exists for giving ticket type and urgency the date is automatically calculated with this delay.

  • Delays for tickets screen allows to define ticket delay.

Note

Initial due date of the ticket set as read only if it is calculated from the setting of “delays for tickets”

Planned due date

  • Is used to define a target date after evaluation.

  • Automatically initialized to the initial due date.

Monitoring indicator

  • Possibility to define indicators to follow the respect of dates values.

Respect of initial due date/time
Respect of planned due date/time

Product, component and versions fields

  • Allows to identify the product and component relating to the issue.

  • Identifies from which versions, the issue occurs and to which versions a resolution will be applied.

Versions identified

  • A ticket can identify all versions allocated.

  • Possibility to define a main version and the other versions allocated.

  • See: Product concept.

Responsible of product

A responsible can be defined for a product or component.

If a product or component is selected, the responsible defined can be automatically assigned to the ticket.

Note

Ticket responsible from product responsible

This parameter, in Global parameters, allows to define, if the defined responsible is automatically assigned to the ticket.

See: Global Parameters

Section Description

Required fields Required File legend

Field

Description

Id

Unique Id for the ticket.

Required File Name

Short description of the ticket.

Required File Ticket type

Type of ticket.

Required File Project

The project concerned by the ticket.

External reference

External reference of the ticket.

Urgency

Urgency for treatment of the ticket, as requested by the issuer.

Requestor

Contact at the origin of the ticket.

Origin

Element which is the origin of the ticket.

Duplicate ticket

Link to another ticket, to link duplicate tickets.

Context

List of 3 items describing the context of the ticket.

Product

The product for which this ticket has been identified.

Component

The component for which this ticket has been identified.

Original product version

Product versions for which the issue has been identified.

Original comp. version

Component versions for which the issue has been identified.

Description

Complete description of the ticket.

Section Treatment

Required fields Required File legend

Field

Description

Planning activity

Activity where global work for this kind of ticket is planned.

Required File Status

Actual status of the ticket.

Resolution

Ticket resolution.

Regression

Notion of regression can be added.

Responsible

Resource who is responsible for the ticket.

Criticality

Importance of impact on the system, as determined after analysis.

Priority

Priority of treatment.

Initial due date

Initial target date for solving the ticket.

Planned due date

Actual target date for solving the ticket.

Estimated work

Estimated workload needed to treat the ticket.

Real work

Real workload spent to treat the ticket.

Left work

Left workload needed to finish the ticket. Automatically calculated as Estimated – Real Set to zero when ticket is done

In progress

Box checked indicates the ticket is taken over.

Done

Box checked indicates the ticket has been treated.

Solved

Box checked indicates the ticket has been solved.

Closed

Box checked indicates the ticket is archived.

Solved

The box is automatically checked or unchecked, according to the resolution selected

Cancelled

Box checked indicates the ticket is cancelled.

Target product version

Product versions for which a resolution of issue will be delivered.

Target comp. version

Component versions for which a resolution of issue will be delivered.

Result

Complete description of the resolution of the ticket.

Note

Priority

Note

Target product version & Target comp. version

  • The list of values will be filtered depends on the selected value in fields “Product and component”.

  • Click on Add to add a other version, see Multi-version selection.

Button Start/End work

Button start work
  • The start Work / Stop Work button is a clock on / off timer.

  • If the logged in user is a resource, he or she has the option to start working on the ticket.

  • Click the “Start work” button to start timing the processing time on the ticket.

  • The start time is then displayed under the button and the button changes name.

Button start work
  • Once the work is done, press the “stop work” button.

  • The spend time will automatically be converted as real work.

  • It’ll be transferred on planning activity if it is set.

  • A decrease in “left work” on activity will be carried out.

  • if the ticket goes into a paused state then the work started with the start work button will be stopped.

Important

Closing the application or starting work on another ticket will automatically stop the current ongoing work.

Button Dispatch

This button allows to dispatch ticket.

Dialog box - Dispatch work
  • Click on Add to add a line.

Button Show periods

You can calculate the time spent between the start of processing, which corresponds to the receipt of the ticket and the end of processing of a ticket, that is to say when it goes to the done state, with the possibility of subtracting waiting periods thanks to the “paused” state macro.

The passages from an active macro-state to a non-active macro-state (paused or done), are recorded thanks to the start and end dates of each period. This table is updated automatically with calculation of the duration in working hours and the duration in calendar hours when the end date of the period is entered.

Dialog box - Status period

Status period

Planning activity

Planning activity field allows to link the ticket with a planning activity.

If the global parameter limit Planning Activity to those with flag is set to yes then:

  • You must check the “Planning activity” box on the activity to be linked.

  • It will then be visible in the planning activities list of your ticket.

  • Work on the ticket will be included in this activity.

  • After saving the option, new fields are displayed.

  • You can see the number of tickets linked to this activity and time information corresponding to all of these tickets.

Planning activity news fields

New fields displayed after saving the Planning activity option

  • Click on button icon search to open a popup which will display the details of these tickets.

List of tickets linked to the activity

List of tickets linked to the activity

Real work

Put the real work from tickets to the resource timesheet.

  • When a resource has entered the real work on the ticket and the ticket is linked to a planning activity.

  • The resource is automatically assigned to this activity.

  • Real work set on tickets is automatically set in resource timesheet.

Timesheet

Imputations real work on related tickets.

  • The tickets are very dependent on the planning activity.

  • The time indicated by the resources will be decremented to that planned for the activity.

Multi-version selection

In the version fields, it’s possible to set several versions.

  • Click on Add to add a other version.

  • Click on Delete to delete a version.

Priority value calculation

Priority value is automatically calculated from Urgency and Criticality values.

Priority, Urgency and Criticality values are defined in lists of values screens. See: Priorities, Urgencies and Criticalities screens.

In the previous screens, a name of value is set with numeric value.

Priority numeric value is determined by a simple equation as follows:

Default values

  • Default values are determined.

  • You can change its values while respecting the equation defined above.

mailbox for tickets

ProjeQtOr offers to save tickets from e-mail directly in the application.

Receive email from ticket screen

Receive email from ticket screen

Description section

This section allows you to enter the parameters of your mailbox.

Required field Required File legend

Field

Description

Id

Unique Id for the ticket.

Required File Name

Short description of the ticket.

Required File Project

name of the project to which the ticket is attached.

Required File IMAP host

Name of your IMAP host.

Required File IMAP User

Mail of the IMAP user.

Required File IMAP Password

IMAP user account password entered.

You can create new mailboxes for tickets on projects and for each type of ticket configured in ProjeQtOr.

IMAP Host

The address must be an IMAP connection string.

Example to connect to the GMAIL input area, the host must be

{imap.gmail.com:143}INBOX

No protocol is required

If the certificates are self-signed then you can test to add novalidate-cert in your address

{imap.gmail.com:143/novalidate-cert}INBOX

Security constraints

  • Mails from any source (may lead to spam) Allow you to receive emails from anyone and therefore can cause spam

  • Only mails from known users Can only receive emails saved in your ProjeQtOr application

  • Only mails from known users allocated to the project Only allows you to receive emails saved in your ProjeQtOr application and which are assigned to the project selected in the settings of your mailbox

Processed emails

  • mark e-mail as read All emails that are authenticated and correct according to the constraints set, are accepted and marked as read.

  • delete e-mail from imap mail box All emails that are not properly authenticated and that do not meet the set constraints are permanently deleted from the IMAP box.

Rejected emails

  • do not modify e-mail An email is rejected when it does not meet the criteria for setting up your mailbox. Do not modify the email is an option that will not trigger either deletion or marking. The rejected email remains unread.

  • mark e-mail as read The rejected email is marked as read.

  • delete e-mail from imap mail box The rejected email is permanently deleted from the IMAP box.

Other contraints

  • Include attachments Indicates whether or not you allow your users to attach attachments.

  • Sort order

    In case of several mailboxes on a single project, the order of tru of the boxes is important since it is always in ascending order that the mailboxes manage incoming tickets.

    Voir: Management of several mailboxes

  • Allow up to maximum weight allowed for receiving emails.

    Warning

    Maximum weight

    There is no weight limit in ProjeQtOr but probably your mail server.

    Most of the time emails are blocked beyond 5 to 10 MB

Treatment

Required fields Required File legend

Field

Description

Required File Ticket type

Type of ticket for which emails will be sent.

Responsible

Name of the person who will work on the default ticket.

Planning activity

Name of the planning activity on which the tickets will be decremented. The parent activity must belong to the same project.

Required File Limit of tickets / hour

Maximum number of emails per hour allowed.

Last input date

Date of last ticket received

Last input ticket

Display the name of the last ticket received

Total input tickets

Total number of the tickets since the mailbox creation

Warning

Cron must be launched for tickets to be processed in ProjeQtOr. If you do not receive a ticket, try to stop the cron so that it can restart with a refresh of the code.

Some fields can be decisive for the reception of your emails.

Limit of tickets / hour

  • This limit allows you to restrict the reception of emails by hour.

    If the number of tickets received is much higher than your limitation then the probability of spam is to be considered or you have incorrectly evaluated the number of tickets to be processed.

  • When the maximum number of tickets is reached then the mailbox freezes

    Only manual intervention by the administrator can unlock it

    Its role will consist in reassessing the number of tickets to allow their receipt

  • If the maximum number of tickets per hour has been reached then you have a rejection message on the history line: rejected ticket: ticket limit per hour

History of ticket created

You can choose the number of tickets to display in the history by filling in the “history to display” field

Required fields Required File legend

Field

Description

Required File Email adresse

address of the ticket sender

Date

date of receipt of the ticket

Result

Indicates whether the ticket has been processed or rejected

Replies from Email

The processing of incoming mailboxes is adapted to simplify their use. The use of the mailbox for new tickets is the same for replies.

The reference of the element from which the email is sent is added in the subject of the email.

In the procedure for determining the origin of an incoming email, ProjeQtOr searches for the reference in the subject of the email.

  • If it is not found, ProjeQtOr considers it a new request to be integrated as a new ticket.

  • If the reference is found in the subject of the incoming email, then the reply is inserted on the element, like a note.

Management of processed emails

In the global parameters you can determine, upon receipt of the email, whether you want to mark it as read or delete it.

Receipt of multi-project tickets

You will be able to receive all tickets from different customers on a single IMAP box.

  • You define several configurations on the same IMAP box with constraints on the existence of the sender and its assignment to the project concerned.

  • You define a configuration on the IMAP box that has no constraint or just a constraint on the existence of the sender

  • You set the order in which configurations are processed to ensure that the most permissive configuration is processed last.

Important

Be careful, you will have to be careful to have a “final” configuration that will mark as read or delete emails that are not correctly processed. Otherwise, the IMAP box will keep an increasing amount of emails that will be reprocessed (and rejected) by all configurations on each sequenced cycle of reading IMAP boxes. This will not be controlled by the system.

multi-box example on a single project

BOX 1 Security constraints : only emails from known users allocated to the project processed email: Mark email as read Rejected email: do not modify email

BOX 2 Security constraints : only emails from known users processed email: Mark email as read Rejected email: do not modify e-mail

BOX 3 Security constraints : emails from any source (may lead to spam) processed email: Mark email as read Rejected email: delete e-mail from imap mail box

  • An email from a known individual assigned to the project will be processed by box 1

  • An email from an individual known as a user in ProjeQtOr will be processed by box 2.

  • An email from an individual who is not assigned to the project and who is not a known user of ProjeQtOr will not be processed by box 1 and 2. It will be processed directly by box 3.

Management of tokens on ticket

You can define and integrate tokens on tickets that you can track on your customer contracts.

The use of this feature is configurable and must be activated in the modules management to have access to it.

A new screen for the definition of tokens will be accessible via the financial part incomes menu.

Token definition

The objective is to define all types of tokens likely to be ordered by your client.

Token definition screen

Token definition screen

You set values for a token.

Duration

Value of the token in days or hours (depending on the time recording unit in global parameters)

Amount

Monetary value of the token in € (depending on the currency recording unit in global parameters)

Splittable token

Defines if the token can be divisible, if half tokens can be entered

Surcharge situations

Enter situations of increase that may apply to tokens, such as night work, or even during days normally not worked

Warning

When a token has been used on a ticket, it becomes impossible to modify it.

Similarly, it is not possible to delete or modify the coefficient for a mark-up situation used on a line of work

Token on the client contract

On the client contract, we will add a table with order management functions.

  • Click on Add to add tokens to the order

Add work token command

Add work token command

  • Select the token type from those defined on the project or its parent projects.

  • Entering the ordered quantity of tokens

  • Added a descriptive comment

Management of ordered tokens

Management of ordered tokens

When you have entered the order, the table will indicate:

In the tokens ordered section

  • The type of tokens ordered and its description

  • The total amount of tokens ordered

  • the total duration to which the number of tokens corresponds

  • The total amount to which the number of tokens ordered corresponds

In the tokens used part

  • The total number of tokens used without surcharges

  • The total number of tokens used with markup

  • the total duration of the tokens used with and without surcharges

  • The total cost of tokens used taking into account markups

In the remaining tokens part

  • Display of the remaining duration of the tokens (duration ordered - duration used)

  • Display of the number of remaining tokens (amount ordered - amount used)

The Total Line, sums the numbers, amounts and durations (ordered, completed, remaining) for all types of tokens in the contract

Token on tickets

When you create a ticket on the project where the tokens have been defined then you will be able to select these tokens when dispatching the job.

Dispatch work with selection of tokens

Dispatch work with selection of tokens

Click on Token to open the pop-up.

The start date and time are automatically filled in with the current dates and times.

  • Select the resource working on the ticket

  • Add the workload for this ticket

  • Select the token corresponding to the need of the ticket

  • Determine if a markup type applies to this ticket

  • The quantity of tokens (without decimal if the token is not divisible)

  • The mark-up rule, to be chosen from the rules defined on the token

  • The number of increased tokens calculated by applying the increase rule

  • If the billable box is checked then the tokens will not be counted on the customer contract.

Warning

The “Mark-up situations” are descriptive and may or may not be related to the time of execution. There will therefore be no automatic determination of the increase situation according to the day or time of the entry of the time spent.

synchronize an activity and a ticket

You can sync tickets with activities. So when you enable this option, all tickets are synced like this:

  • We attach the activity as a planning activity of the ticket

  • We link the activity with the ticket

  • The ticket is entered as the origin of the activity

  • We modify the state of the element which has the least advanced state to pass it to the state of its binomial (the most advanced).

  • The other data is not synchronized (a gap may then exist if the ticket is attached to an existing activity).

Synchronization of tickets with activities

Synchronization of tickets with activities

You activate the option directly on the project. More flexible solution that will allow great flexibility according to potentially different behaviors depending on the project.

This is a one-time link to avoid recursive updates. A ticket is synchronized with a single activity and an activity will be synchronized with a single ticket (unique pair).

Synchronization functionality set on a project is not inherited to subprojects.

Deleting a synced item

Click on define synchronization to open the pop-up.

Definition of synchronization

Definition of synchronization

When activating the function on a project, a pop-up window will be displayed allowing to define:

  • The status of the ticket automatically generating the activity

  • The type of ticket concerned (optional, to allow all types of tickets to be covered)

  • The type of activity to create

  • An option to automatically trigger the attachment of the activity as a ticket schedule activity

  • An option to sync existing tickets

Treatment of the existing: Synchronize existing tickets

When this option is selected, all unclosed tickets whose status is greater than or equal to the trigger status and whose type is the one specified will be synchronized with an activity.

  • If the ticket is already synced with an activity, nothing happens. This is the case of reactivating a previously deactivated rule.

  • If the ticket is attached to an open planning activity, the ticket is synchronized with this activity.

  • If the ticket originates from one and only one unclosed activity, it is synchronized with this activity. Otherwise we will create a new activity that will be synchronized with the ticket.

In all cases of research of the activity to be attached, we make sure that it is not already synchronized with another ticket and that it does not originate from another ticket

When a Ticket or Activity item is edited and synced to a pair, changes to some fields carry over to their pair:

  • Name

  • Project

  • State

  • Responsible

  • Product

  • Component

  • Target product version

  • Target component version

The project

When you change the project of a ticket attached to a planning activity, a consistency check prevents you from making this modification since the two elements must be linked on the same project.

In case of synchronization, the control is ignored and you can change the project on one of the two elements, the modification will be passed on to the other.

  • If a ticket changes project or type before its triggered state, it is not synced.

    It is then subject to the new project or new type rule.

    A check is carried out to find out if the ticket is not already in the trigger state for the new project or the new type and to trigger the synchronization in this case.

  • If a ticket changes project or type after its triggered state, it’s already synced. He continues to be synchronized with his partner according to the rule of his original project, whether his new project has a synchronization rule or not.

    The change of project of the ticket can also come directly from a modification on the ticket or from a modification of its binomial activity.

    The rule is always the same: pair synchronization is maintained.

The states and the workflow

On certain status changes, certain fields may become mandatory and these fields are not necessarily synchronized. Like the description or the result.

In this case, these fields - not synchronized - are automatically filled in if they are in the element being modified.

If, despite everything, there are still invalid checks for the element to be synchronized, the update is globally rejected with an explicit message.

For example, closing a ticket associated with an activity on which there is still work to do should not be done.

In order for status changes to be consistent, the workflows between the ticket and the related activity should be the same to avoid inconsistencies in status changes.

A mechanism will still make it possible to override the rules of the workflow for the element which will change state automatically.

Essential, especially when creating the activity, which must be created directly in the same state as the ticket, but which will also be applied later.

For example, if an activity has moved into a state that does not belong to the ticket’s workflow, the state change is made to keep synchronization.

Warning: This can lead to placing the ticket in a state from which it can no longer exit (because it is outside its workflow). In this case, only the change of state of the activity can unlock the ticket.

The same case can be produced on the activity which would be blocked following the change of state of the ticket.

Workload

Attaching the activity as the Ticket’s Schedule Activity will impact the load:

  • The charge charged in real time to the ticket is recorded in the actual costs of the activity

  • The charge charged in real time on the ticket is automatically decremented in the remaining charges of the activity

In the case of synchronized items, you can only enter actual load on the ticket.

This charge will then be properly accounted for on the activity via the Planning Activity mechanism.

Deleting a synced item

When a Ticket or Activity item is deleted and synced to a pair, a confirmation message is displayed to the user.

In this case, the associated item is not deleted, but the synchronization is deleted.

deactivation of the function

In case of deactivation of the function at the project level, a check is carried out and alerts the user if there are tickets synchronized with activities.

  • If there are synchronizations in progress, a pop-up window opens to display the number of existing pairs, distinguishing the number of closed and unclosed.

  • If the number of existing pairs is not zero, you can select the existing links that must be kept or deleted.
    • In case the links are deleted, the function is completely disabled

    • In case the links are not deleted, the function is disabled only for tickets not yet synchronized. Tickets already synced remain synced.

There is then no longer any way to delete the synchronization (except to delete one of the elements of the pair).

Vote on ticket

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