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Interface Update: Manage Project

The Manage Project screen is one of the most complicated screen in Harvest.  There’s a lot of information you need to configure: project name, what client it belongs to, the tasks and people on the project, along with rates and estimates.  We have completely revamped how the entire page looks – while preserving all the functionality so that it is much easier and faster now for you to create and edit projects.

Some highlights:

  • We have improved the Create Project flow into two simple forms: first you enter the basic details of a project, and then configure the tasks and people on the project.
  • You can now archive a project right on the project listing, which makes archiving multiple projects a lot faster.
  • When you create a project, you’ll notice that after the Project Code field, Harvest now shows you what your last project code is, and what the last project code is for the client.
  • You can now outright make a project non-billable, which will then automatically mark all the tasks on the project as non-billable.
  • There is a bigger and more generous text box for you to enter in project notes (which will show up on the complete project report for administrators to see).

And we’re not done!  We’re still improving this section and in the following weeks you will find these two new features:

  • Ability to estimate by people hours.
  • Project costs for fixed-fee projects.

What other types of improvements would you like to see for creating or editing projects?  Please get in touch via our support form, or leave us a message below.

As always: we hope you find the new improvements helpful, and thank you for using Harvest!

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  • I stumbled upon that earlier today and thought, “whoa, this is new!” Nicely done! And thank you!

  • These updates are great.

    One comment I’d make about archiving projects is: since it’s a 2-click procedure, it’d be nice if the confirmation was aligned-right. Then the “Yes” button would be a closer proximity.

    That sounds nit-picky, but what you’ve done is really great, it just got me thinking.

  • Nice work guys, thanks!

  • It’d be great to have a space to add estimates of project hard costs (i.e. non time-related expenses).

  • It would be great to see a rollup of the number of hours that are estimated in projects but not yet used up – just a sum at the end would be perfect.

    Also, not projects related, but I would love a one-click archive from the clients summary page, like on the projects summary.

  • Noticed this just a few minutes ago, before even seeing this blog post. It was a huge difference, much appreciated. The flow from item to item is greatly improved, making the experience of adding new projects a much tighter one.

    I’ll look forward to the estimating of fixed-rate projects. Thanks a ton.

  • I am anxiously awaiting the “Project costs for fixed-fee projects” that Harvest mentioned above. Thank you for making your service better!

  • I just noticed that the timers show a started time. That’s GREAT! I think that will be helpful, especially when I forget to shut off a timer and need to figure out the appropriate time.


  • Can the project notes be available to add/edit/view to project managers also?

  • Jesper Pedersen on December 13, 2008

    Love the improvements.

    I would like to second Stelios on the issue with project managers being able to at least view the notes, as this would support our workflow tremendeous.

    Keep up the good work!

  • I really like the new Projects management interface; is there any way that we could get a checkbox for each task to mark when it’s complete? This would be a HUGE help for me and my team, and doesn’t need to necessarily tie into anything else (for the time being) — just a checkbox so I can see if they’ve completed their assigned task.

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