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Understanding the status rings for a better project overview

Ticketeer aims to give your a complete overview of your project status with just a quick glance at the board. The status rings play a big part in this and they quickly tell you where to focus your attention.

As soon as a task gets a checkbox, a budget or reported time a status ring shows up on the task in the board. If only one of the aforementioned conditions are met the ring won’t tell you much. But when more than one of these conditions are met, the ring will try to tell you things! This short guide will give you a better understanding of exactly what the ring is telling you.

So what do the status rings mean?

The example below shows three rings with different colors that tell you a lot about the progress and status of a task.

Effort completed

The light blue meter in example A indicates the progress. The progress is calculated as a percentage of the checked boxes total effort in relation to the total effort of all check-boxes in the task. In this example half the effort value of the task has been checked. This could for example mean one of two check-boxes with the same effort have been checked. But it could also mean that two check-boxes with effort 1 are checked and one checkbox with effort 2 remains.

Budget spent

The turquoise, orange and red meters shown in examples B and C all represent the percentage of the budget spent.
The turquoise part is the percent of budget spent that is the same or lower than the effort completed. As a tasks budget ideally is spent at a similar rate as the effort is completed, a solid turquoise meter means good news.

The orange meter is also part of the budget spent. This part indicates how far past the completed effort the spent budget has reached. This could be an early warning that the budget might overshoot. In example B 50% of the effort has been completed (as indicated by the light blue meter) while 75% of the budget has been spent. The orange meter therefore indicates a 25% difference between the budget spent and the effort completed.

The red meter; which is also part of the percent of budget spent, indicates that the budget has been depleted and by how much it’s been overshot. In example C the budget has been overshot by 25%. So if the budget for the task was 4 hours that means 5 hours have been reported.

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