The Task Details side panel gives you instant access to task details and information, providing better context and visibility. The side panel consists of several sections that allow you to view and/or edit task information:
- Time & Fees
You can expand or collapse each section individually, depending on whether it contains information relevant to your workflow. Kantata OX will remember which sections were expanded/collapsed and which section you were in the next time you open the side panel.
To access the Task Details side panel, click on the title of a task from nearly anywhere in Kantata OX or click the side panel icon (“ ”) in the Task Tracker.
The header is anchored to the top of the side panel and is always visible, displaying key information such as the task type, title, status, and priority. If you access the Task Details side panel from an area outside of the Task Tracker, the name of the project from which the task originates is displayed at the top of the header. Click on the name to go to the project workspace.
There are navigational breadcrumbs at the top of the header showing the source task and a drop-down menu of related subtasks (if any). This allows you to quickly navigate through a group of tasks.
Use the tabs just below the Task Details header to quickly jump to the associated section. The numbers in parentheses to the right of some tabs indicate the current count of Activity posts, Checklists, Proofs, and Files associated with the task.
In this section, you can write task descriptions, add tags, and classify task participants as followers or assignees depending on their roles and responsibilities.
- Description—Use this field for commenting, planning, or documenting the steps required to complete the task. You can use Kantata's markdown formatting or the toolbar below the field to add bold, italics, underline, bullet lists, numbered lists, hyperlinks, and emoji.
Note: The Description field has a 5,000 character limit.
- Tags—Use this field to identify specific keywords or topics and facilitate searches via filter options in the global Tasks list.
- Assignees—Use this field to assign the members for which you track time and expenses against. Each task can have multiple assignees and have the ability to change the task status.
- Followers—Use this field to add individual observers who want to monitor the progress of a task but are not responsible for completing the work. Followers on a task will receive task update notifications as if they were assigned to it. You can see the tasks you’re following by selecting Your Followed Tasks in the Tasks section of the left navigation or by filtering using the Followers column in the global Tasks list.
Note: A user cannot be a follower if they are already an assignee on the task.
The Activity section allows you to post task updates and upload files directly to the task. This helps project participants know that an attachment is for a specific task.
This section displays all the Task Custom Fields (arranged alphanumerically) previously created by Account Administrators in Settings > Custom Fields.
Task Custom Fields are viewable only if the field's Read Permissions are equal to (or greater than) the member's Project-level permissions. For example, a Task Custom Field with Read Permissions set to View / Edit Time & Expenses can be viewed by members with View Time and Expenses access all the way up to Project Administrator.
Read or Write Permissions are managed by Account Administrators.
With checklists, you can organize, clarify, and keep track of the steps needed to complete a task. You can add multiple checklist items to a task that can be checked off as they are completed.
Checklists can help reduce the total number of tasks needed to complete a project and drive consistency in task completion. For example, if the same four steps are required to complete each task in a project, add those steps as checklist items to make sure they get done.
Time & Fees
(Premier & Enterprise)
This section allows you to set the task budget, change the billing type and billable utilization target, add or edit billable hours, add time, or view time entries for the task at hand. Progress meters will increase as time is tracked, allowing you to monitor the progress of the task before sending an invoice. This helps you maintain your visibility into invoiced amounts.
- Bill as—Select if the task has a Fixed Fee (i.e. the task has a set price) or Time & Materials (i.e. the task is billed hourly) billing type.
- Add Time—Click this to open the Time & Expenses tab in the main project with the task title entered in advance in order to quickly track time.
- View Rolled-Up Details / View Task Details—Toggle between the Time & Fees task details and a rolled-up progress meter that displays the budget burn (i.e., billable time multiplied by bill rate against the task budget) for both Fixed Fee and Time & Materials tasks.
- View Entries—Opens the Time & Expenses tab of the project with the appropriate task selected.
(Premier & Enterprise)
This section makes it easy for those with Edit Financials or higher project permissions to set up a task-level resource plan where you can schedule hours for resources on a week-by-week basis. This helps you estimate your resource needs and gives you a better feel for an individual's contributions to a task.
The financial information available in the Scheduling section provides an estimated budget based on your resource plan by calculating how many hours your team will spend on each task. For more information, please see our Planned Budget help article.
In this section, you can:
- View a summary of the estimated budget, time, and performance of a task.
- See the actual time and billable revenue tracked against a task.
- Locate hours and fees scheduled or projected into the future.
- Add, edit, or modify scheduled hours or future committed hours.
- Assign or remove members from the task.
- View the total hours scheduled for all team members assigned to the task.
The Summary area in the Scheduling section provides you with a summary of the task's estimated budget and time, calculated using scheduled hours and actual fees. For more information, please see our Project Completion Estimates article.
- Calculated from—The dates included in the calculation. Although the default is today's date, it can be adjusted to any date to change the boundary between actual fees and EAC. For example, if today's date is March 13th, it will calculate actual fees through March 13th and use ETC to get EAC for March 14th and after.
- Budgeted—The budgeted/estimated hours and fees for this task.
- Actual—The actual hours and fees that have been tracked towards this task, including its percentage in relation to what was budgeted.
- Not Yet Worked—Future scheduled hours/fees for your members.
- Estimate At Completion (EAC)—The total of hours/fees that have already been tracked plus Not Yet Worked (i.e. future scheduled hours).
- Variance—What is budgeted for the task minus the EAC (Estimate at Completion), which determines the performance of this task. If the variance is positive, it means that the task is healthy (i.e., the task is scheduled and/or budgeted correctly). If the variance is negative, it means that the task is expected to be completed over the time and budget allotted for this activity.
A negative variance may be due to a variety of factors, such as:
- More hours have been worked than were budgeted for.
- The time required to complete the task was underestimated.
- There is an error associated with the time tracked against the task (e.g., time may be incorrectly scheduled or tracked against this task).
- Members with mismatched skill levels and titles may be tracking time towards the task, resulting in higher bill rates.
The Resourcing area of the Scheduling section displays the total number of Scheduled Hours and Projected Budget for the task so you can compare the future scheduled hours to the actual time tracked against the task. This gives you an estimate of how many hours the task will take and what the budget should be.
To suggest a budget (i.e., Projected Budget), Kantata OX uses the applied bill rate of a resource and multiplies it by the hours scheduled to complete the task. When you create a resource schedule, the bill rate is locked-in. To update the calculation using an assignee's most recent bill rate, select the Refresh Rate option found in the Actions menu. If Rate Cards are enabled for your account, the bill rate that is used will be the bill rate effective during or closest to the projected hours. Projected budgets are not shown for non-billable tasks.
The week-by-week, task-level Resource Planning area will indicate when resources are scheduled at capacity, over capacity, under capacity, available, unavailable, out of range, or have time off. If you want to jump to a specific time, click the Calendar icon (“ ”) and select a day, or use the forward (“ ”) and back (“ ”) arrows to scroll through dates.
Click + Add Resource to add a resource from your pool of project participants. This option won't appear if you run out of eligible project participants. Every resource you add from here will also be added as an Assignee in the task Details section above.
Once you start scheduling hours, the Scheduled Hours and Projected Budget for your task will update based on your changes. Scheduling task hours helps you to estimate when and for how long you’ll need certain resources. You'll want to start by either building your resource plan in the project Task Tracker or by applying a template to a project and mapping resource placeholders to your project resources. Scheduled hours for your resources can be pre-populated if created from Resource Estimates in Templates.
Use the Actions (“ ”) menu to select one of the following resource-specific options:
- Clear All Scheduled Hours—Removes all of the resource's scheduled time for this task, including hours scheduled in the past.
- Clear Only Future Scheduled Hours—Remove all of the resource's future scheduled time for this task. Once your project is in motion, you may find that some resources are completing tasks ahead of schedule. When this happens, you’ll want to use this option so that resources can be freed up and utilized for other projects.
- Refresh Rate—Updates the calculation to use the current rate for a particular assignee.
- Unassign—Removes the resource as a task Assignee. In turn, it also removes all of their scheduled time for this task.
Total Scheduled Time (“ ”)—Clicking on this icon causes a row to appear below the resource row which totals their scheduled hours (including time off) across all projects and task assignments for the week. To see where a member's capacity is being allocated, click on a daily hour tally in the row.
Resource Shaping (“ ”)—Use this tool to turn estimated hours into scheduled hours and build a resource schedule based on availability and work capacity. For more about distributing scheduled hours over the duration of a task, please see our Resource Shaping Tool article.
Align scheduled time (“ ”)—This option only appears if you have the Sync Resource Schedules With Project Dates setting enabled in General Settings. This is used to realign Scheduled Hours for team members if they get out of sync with the task Start Date by aligning the hours to the earliest start date and shifting the existing hours accordingly.
If the Sync Resource Schedules with Project Dates account setting is enabled, the Cascade Changes option in the Task Tracker controls whether your resource's Scheduled Hours are automatically adjusted when task dates are changed in the Task Tracker table or Task Details side panel. However, if the Cascade Changes option is turned off and you shift the task dates, you'll need to manually realign the team member's Scheduled Hours by clicking Align Scheduled Time.
This section allows you to create a proof by uploading files (JPEG, PNG, and PDF) from your computer or dragging and dropping your source files into the drop zone. Team members can then provide feedback directly on uploaded files. This saves time during the review, feedback sharing, and approval process and eliminates the need for external tools or to keep track of files or conversations over email.
To learn more, see our Kantata Proofing article.
This section displays all the files uploaded to the task via the Activity section, when they were uploaded, who uploaded them, the file size, and an icon that represents the file type. From here, you can view, download, and delete them.