Our time clock starts when an employee sits down and starts working on a project and whether that project is hourly based or fixed bid we document all work completed. Recording is done via our own desktop and web based application and every employee records their tasks in .15 minute increments.
Of course sometimes it’s a pain.
This is true especially for a developer whose either deeply focused on the project at hand and chooses not to record during the day or has put in a really long day and just wants to drive home, kick back and drink a beer.
Regardless, time tracking is a necessary evil.
If we don’t keep accurate tabs on our time, the business could either be losing money without us knowing it on a project going way over budget or even worse a client could be accidentally over billed for hours that we “estimated” instead accurately documented. And that sucks!