Entering time for a work item in the web client

In the work item editor, you can record 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 against 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 for which to enter the time.
  2. Click the Time Tracking tab.
  3. Select a week to enter time for. By default, the current week is selected.
  4. Click Add: Time entry row.
  5. From the Time code menu, select a time code.
    By default, some time codes are defined as enumerations for the process template. You can add, edit, or delete time codes.
  6. In the day fields, enter the number of hours that you worked on the work item for each day.
    The Week Total field displays the total number of hours that are entered for a week. The Work Item Total field displays the total number of hours that are entered for the work item. To delete a specific time code, click the Delete icon Delete in the Actions column.
    Note: You can delete unsaved time entries. If all values are set to 0, you can also delete saved time entries.
  7. Click Save. 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.