Telling Manuscript What You’re Working On

The Working On menu allows any Manuscript user to record which cases they’re working on at any given time and to track time. The menu can be found within the “Time Tracking” menu. Manuscript collects this data in timesheets, which you can view or edit at any time by navigating to Time Tracking Edit Timesheet.

Keeping accurate timesheets provides important input to the Evidence-Based Scheduling algorithm (EBS). The more meticulous developers are at entering estimates and keeping accurate timesheets, the better the results will be from EBS.


To make it easy to track your time, Manuscript uses your working schedule (which can be set at Time Tracking > My Working Schedule) to stop the clock automatically whenever you go home and start it again automatically when you come back in the morning. It also stops the clock during lunch breaks, when you’re on vacation, etc., as long as you tell it when these things are going to happen. That way you only need to change the “working on” case when you switch from one case to another. Read more about working schedules.


At any time, you can see and edit your current timesheet, or any previous day’s timesheet, by choosing “Edit Timesheet” from the “Working On” menu. Use this feature to adjust times that were captured incorrectly, add new times, or remove prior times.

If your schedule varies slightly from day to day, don’t worry too much about entering precise times. The EBS algorithm doesn’t depend on getting precise to-the-second data about everything you’re doing.

Who’s Working on a Case

Manuscript displays the person who is currently working on a case when you view that case.  You can also enable the FogBugz News Network feature (Avatar menu > Extra Features) for extended reporting, including a report of the case on which each FogBugz user is currently working (Time Tracking > FNN – Work in Progress).


Check out Timesheet Reports.