Torch Budget Enhancements – User Specific Budgets and View/Edit Tasks

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Torch Project Management's budgets have been enhanced with two new features: User specific budgets and the ability to view tasks. Now when you start digging into what a specific user is doing, you can set a budget for them on a particular project or category (it defaults to the budget for the project/category before you set it). This is separate from the budgets on the category/project itself, however, you set it the same way, just click the edit button next to the line.

You can also now view the tasks by just clicking on the red task count:

Once the pop-up is open you can complete the event, pin the event, e-mail the pinned users or open the event. This pop-up is available as you dig into a project, category, user, etc. So you can be very specific about what you are looking at.

Show Incomplete Tasks in Budgets (in Torch)

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

When you are viewing budgets in Torch Project Management, you now see the number of incomplete tasks next to each item:

On project and categories you see the total number of tasks (bottom half of the screen). However, as you drill down through the people you see tasks that they have pinned (top half of the screen). This allows you to not only see the progress of the project but also detect under/over usage of certain employees.

Visualizing Torch Budget Data Any Way You Want

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

One of the great things about Torch Project Management being a Google Visualization Data Source is that people see their information in a way that works for them.

Let's say I'm responsible for three employees: Joe, Ben and Jane. Let's also assume I'm a visual person and prefer charts to numbers. Well, I could get pie charts showing what projects my team is involved in (I did this visualization in iGoogle, but I could do it any enlivenment that supported Google Gadgets):

But, what if I'm not responsible for people but a particular project. Well, here I just want to keep an eye on all of the projects (showing the numbers instead of a chart of some kind) and showing a detail view on one particular project:

But if neither of these work for you, that's ok, you can use any visualization you want. How do you visualize your data?

Time Reports in Torch Budgets

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

You can now see time usage information in the budget section of Torch Project Management:

Also, by expanding categories under the project, you can see the time usage for a particular category.

See Budget Information even when Offline

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

You can now see the latest budget information about your active projects in Torch from the offline mobile version. Just click the budgets button:

iPhone Offline Mode 1

iPhone Offline Budgets

A timer was also added to the application (and it keeps time even when the app is closed):

Timer

Torch Project Management Budgets

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

You can now monitor Torch Project Management budgets under the Dashboard tab:

Budgets for categories and projects are automatically populated if you created your categories from an accepted bid. However, you can edit any budget (either for a category or the project) at any time.

The amount used is calculated by taking the sum invoiced time, sum of the expenses, and estimating the uninvoiced time by multiplying the hours by the default hourly rate of the user.

There is also a Google Visualization API Data feed of this information (so you can embed it into any supported container, such as iGoogle).