Understanding Tempo Automation

Abstract

How does Tempo Automation work for my external calendars, Jira and VS Code

Note

This feature is new and not yet available to all customers.

Tempo’s Activity Feed draws its information from a wide range of providers to create its activity cards, including Google Calendar, Jira, Office 365 Calendar and Visual Studio Code (VS Code). Generally speaking, working in one of these providers will trigger the creation of an activity card. When you’re working in two activity sources at the same time, an algorithm calculates activities from the collected events.

Provider

Tempo Automation: How it works

Google Calendar and Office 365 Calenar

When you sync your calendar with Tempo, your calendar events are automatically transformed into activities which make up your Activity Feed (see Connecting Your External Calendars to My Work). If all the attributes have been completed, you’ll be able to log time with a single click.

  • Changes made to activities in Tempo My Work will not be reflected in your calendar.

Jira

Jira issues show up as activities in your Tempo My Work, when you:

  • Open a Jira issue (an activity is created when you view an issue)

  • Create a Jira issue

  • Edit a Jira issue (e.g., change an assignee or priority)

  • Comment within a Jira issue

  • Transition the Jira issue through the workflow

Tempo will display Jira activities in 15 minute increments.

  • For example, if you work on 3 different Jira issues for a total of 15 mins, Tempo Automation’s algorithm will intelligently display the most relevant ticket (of the 3 Jira issues). If you subsequently delete that activity, it’ll show you the next relevant ticket until you’ve deleted all the activities.

Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

The Activity Feed automatically displays in My Work, the time spent on coding activities and changes made to files in selected git repositories from VS Code. You can easily log time with automated time tracking using the Activity Feed feature.

Events that will trigger an activity to appear in My Work include:

  • Saving your changes

  • Git repository-specific actions (commits/check-ins)

Tempo will display VS Code activities in 15 minute increments.

Managing your Activity Providers

From your Activity settings, you can enable/disable connection to providers, choose which providers' activities you want to see in your Activity Feed and set whether you want to display incomplete activities.

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Connecting to Providers

In your Activity settings, you can connect to a provider to populate your Activity Feed. The currently supported providers are Google Calendar, Office 365 Calendar and Visual Studio Code (VS Code). Since Tempo is embedded in Jira, you don’t have to explicitly connect to it.

For example, if you want to connect to your Office 365 Calendar so that it appears in your Activity Feed:

  1. Go to your Activity Settings and select the Edit icon next to Office 365 Calendar.

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  2. You will be redirected to the Tempo Apps page where you can sign into your Office 365 Calendar. Once you’ve signed into your Office 365 account, you’re all set!

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Filtering activities

Sometimes, you may want to hide all activities from a certain provider without disconnecting from it. You can easily do this from the Providers list by unchecking the ones you want to hide in your Activity feed. Unchecking the providers will not unlink your account, it simply filters which activities are displayed.

For example, as a Support Specialist, you view many Jira issues a day but don’t want to log time on all of them. You also want to hide them from cluttering your Activity feed.

  • To hide all Jira issues, click on Jira-settings-icon.jpg > Settings and uncheck the Jira checkbox.

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Disabling connection to Providers

You may want to completely sign out of a provider instead of just hiding its activities from your Activity Feed. You can unlink that provider by signing out of it. By doing so, you will no longer receive any activities for that provider in your Activity Feed.

To do this, navigate to Activity settings and click on the Edit icon. You can then sign out to no longer view them as activities. Unlinked Providers will have an Inactive tag next to their names. If you change your mind, you can click on the Edit icon again to sign back into the provider.

  • Jira is an exception, because Tempo lives in Jira so it's not possible to unlink the account but it is possible to hide Jira activities by unchecking it from the Providers list.