Here is how the CA PPM timesheet "Populate" button works:
A new timesheet will be empty until the user clicks the Populate button.
It is necessary to click the "Populate" button in order to auto-populate timesheet with project plan information.
Prior to PPM 15.1, when the Populate button is clicked, it reviews what is set in both
1. Administration > Project Management > Timesheet Options > Default time entry options > Auto-populate
2. Administration > Project Management > Timesheet Options > Default time entry options > Populate Time Range
The Administration > Project Management > Timesheet Options > Default time entry options > Auto-populate
is a radio button group that provides 3 options:
The misconception is that this option completely disables the auto-populate functionality
or removes the button for the user. The option does not turn off the "auto-populate" feature.
The 'Populate' button will still appear for new timesheets to allow the end user to 'populate' the new timesheet with task assignments with a date range within the time period that have non-zero ETC --- open task assignments waiting for work to be done.
In this context, 'OFF' indicates that the 'populate' action will not do the other two types of population to 'copy' task assignments and / or 'actual' units from previous periods , as provided in the following options.
|2."Copy time from previous timesheet"|
This is an additive option which performs what is included above in option 1 (OFF),
plus it adds the additional items from the previous timesheet period.
|3."Copy time from previous timesheet and include actuals (actuals not copied for incidents)"|
This is an additive option which performs what is included above in option 1 and option 2,
b. Users can completely start over to discard unwanted timesheet changes and repopulate the timesheet, they can
c. Users can still manually add time entries.
Starting in 15.1,
The radio buttons have been replaced with the following checkboxes:
-Populate assigned tasks
-Copy time entries from previous timesheet
Refer to Submit a Timesheet - CA PPM - 15.1 - CA Technologies Documentation for details.
Refer to the article for additional information regarding the behind-the-scenes logic that takes place:
Timesheet Population (What determines tasks appearing on a timesheet)?
The copy function will not just do a simple copy from a previous time period. It also looks at the project plan, hence the ability to perform project management in real-time.
Direct copy of timesheet entries from previous timesheet
Populate Button on Timesheet - Change behavior to Copy Time Entries from previous Timesheet
Customers have full control of the CA PPM Application folder, which contains the business logic.
In cases where the files have been modified, we do not support these customizations and will ask that these customizations be reverted back to the stock logic.