Clean and Dirty Hours. What’s the Benefit

Every issue tracker has its own advantages and disadvantages. But in process of developing, each of them is oriented to make our life easier.
Today we gonna talk about such possibility as clean and dirty hours. What’s that and what’s that thing for. Following it’s name you may guess that clean hours means something combined with an appropriate thing, something that has nothing superfluous. And you a right. Clean hours undermine itself to count just that time, which you really use while working on different type of tasks.
Why you need it, and how could it help you?

The answer is extremely simple. Writing down clean hours means better understanding of how much time you really need to do that type of task. So, later if somebody else gonna do that, or even you’ll get the same task, you might plan your work better. This function helps you with further planning and understanding of real time needed to do your work better.

At the same time, you need to count all the time you spent, working on the task. That’s what we called “dirty hours”. For better understanding, here is a simple example.
Imagine, you must make a cake for birthday party. And you need just an hour to put together all the ingredients mix it and put to the oven. That’s clean hours.
But firstly, you need to find out the recipe, buy ingredients and prepare all the instruments you’ll use, while baking. That’s called dirty hours. As a rule, you get your salary for dirty hours. In other words for the whole time you’ve spent while working and searching for information which you need to get a better result. It’s quite useful function, that gonna simplify your way of planning and putting down your working hours.

So, we got understanding what’s that, and now lets talk about how it works, especially in Riter. 
First of all, you need to create a new story, where you’ll have to name the project you are working on. Then, look right. There is a place to put down time, like that:

On the right part you need to write down the approximate time you’ll need for that task. Later, you can change that proceeding from evaluation of how much time you’ve spent doing just the exact task.
The left part is counted automatically. That means you don’t need to put there anything. When you’ll put your “time intervals”, which are responsible for the whole time you use to do your task and to look for different information (for instance to fulfill your project), the left part gonna fill up, based on the amount of time you’ve spent working on the task, and sum up all the intervals. Thus, you get all the spent time, summed up on the left side of the table.

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Originally published at riter.co

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