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New & Improved Project Status Reports

Coming this week: revamped project status reports for you to keep better track of active projects and estimates, with less clicks and faster performance. Here’s a screenshot of the new active projects report:


There are two new columns: uninvoiced billable hours, and uninvoiced expenses.  So at one glance, you can see the total accumulated hours so far with your active projects, together with outstanding billable hours and expenses.  Each number links to their respective report for more details.

The new estimate report is more involved, and here is a sample screenshot:


On the new estimate report, you can click on each row to see the detailed estimate report for the project (versus having to load the project’s full report).  The above screenshot shows what the screen will look like after a project row is clicked on.

We know that you, our awesome customers, rely on reports to keep track of project status and monitor company’s performance, and we are in the process of re-thinking and re-designing our reports to help you make better and more accurate decisions.  These two new reports will come out later this week, and we plan to continue improving the reports – so let us know what other improvements you’d like to see in Harvest (please leave us a comment or write us via support).

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  • Awesome job guys. This looks promising.

    Being a statistic junkie, I’d love better ways to compare week-over-week, month-over-month, Qtr-over-Qtr, and Year-over-year on any and all metrics. The “Bigger picture”. So I can see the trending, and do things make make preemptive considerations for slow months in the calendar (just an example).

    Also the more visual, the better.

    Great Job Guys! Keep the sweet updates coming.

  • Hooray! Thanks for your customer responsiveness – I know that I and others have asked for these features and I am so happy to see them released. Great job, thanks!

  • Linda Holland on May 12, 2009

    This is great! Being able to set an hourly rate by project will make this even more useful. Your customer service rep told me it was coming soon. When can I look for it?

  • Michael Moore on May 13, 2009

    Very nice enhancement.

    I don’t know how common it is, but I have one client that has me on a X hours per month contract, so the total number of project hours approach doesn’t really work for that situation. It would be great if you could support this type of project in your setup and reporting modules.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Scott Glazebrook on May 14, 2009

    Great enhancement – I thought it was time to send another invoice!

    Unfortunately, I’m getting different values for “Uninvoiced Billable” on the Active Projects Status page than on other pages, though. Is there a refresh that needs to occur?

  • Scott Glazebrook on May 15, 2009

    It works now! Maybe it just needed a little time.

    A really great feature!

  • Most of my projects are based on a number of hours per week or per month. Being able to see the number of hours done versus the number of hours remaining for a project on a weekly or monthly hours basis rather than a project-total hours basis would work much better for me. Another way to know if I am on track would be if it could provide me with statistical trends (e.g., month-over-month) for hours done in each project or even for each task within each project.

  • Might you consider adding a total dollar amount for the uninvoiced billable hours column, to go along with the dollar amount for uninvoiced expenses? It would be a great way to see how much we have outstanding to be billed.

    If it’s that for some people they don’t have dollar amounts associated with projects/tasks, could those be flagged to indicate they don’t apply to the total? For we who do have amounts associated with every task, it would be very helpful.

  • Hello guys, thank you all for the nice feedback and comments. @A.Fruit Yes, being able to compare over time would be a great feature. @linda Project rate is coming soon! @Michael and @LPK We’re still trying to figure out how to keep track of retainer estimates… @Charlie We’d like to put in dollar amounts, but it’s resource intensive (lots of calculations) especially for larger accounts. We’ll figure it out, though!

  • Hi,

    I’m a potential customer. What we really need is a report that we can generate every month that shows every project, where we are against estimates overall and by task. Just like the project status report but it would generate it for all projects to save us all the excel work. Any plans for that? Seems like most pro-serve agencies could use that at the management level.

  • @Mike We’re always looking to serve our professional services agencies better, so consider this noted. We have plans to generally improve reporting for agencies in the near future.

  • Linda Holland on June 18, 2009

    Hi — A few months ago, i was debating Freshbooks vs Harvest. One feature Freshbooks offers is hourly billing rate by project — which is very important to me. Your customer service person assured me that this feature would be available in about a month so I went with Harvest. On May 20, I posted a comment requesting the feature you said it would be “coming soon.”

    I’ve been pleased with Harvest, but I’m still calculating my fees manually since my billing rates are different for each project.

    Please tell me exactly when you will have this feature! Many thanks.

  • @Linda – Customizing your rates by project is completely available within Harvest today–simply set your projects to bill by people and then adjust the billing rate for yourself when you are in that project. This rate is customizable on each project, so effectively it is a custom rate per project. If you have further questions, please feel free to call us at the office: 212.226.4160. You definitely won’t need to calculate any fees manually!

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