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How to use smartQ

Interface Overview

Board View

This the main screen that displays tickets placed in columns which represent steps of a defined process. You move tickets from left to right as they go through those stages, until they reach the final one.

Board View
Board View

Ticket View

Ticket View contains ticket details and also a Notes and Files area for communicating with your team.

Ticket View

If you need to split a ticket into multiple actions, you can add a list of Tasks to it:

Ticket Tasks

Tasks list is shared with other users and they can edit it if they have the rights to edit the ticket. Some tips:

  • You can rearrange the tasks order with drag-and-drop
  • Press Enter for quick task save
  • You can hide closed tasks to save space
  • Total number of tasks and the number of tasks completed for each ticket is displayed in Board and List views
  • To add multiple tasks at the same time just type all of them together (or paste them in), each one in a separate line (use CTRL+Enter or Shift+Enter for a line break)

Note: Tasks list is not visible to External Users.

List View

List View is an alternative to Board View and shows your tickets in a flat list style. The Notes and Files area is also included, and you can also see all the communications across all the tickets - latest on the top.

List View

Dashboard View

Dashboard View is similar to List View inside projects, but it shows tickets across all projects, not just one.

Dashboard View

Project Settings — Info

Project Info is the first of the four settings pages that let you customize each project.

Project Info

Project Settings — Workflow Designer

You can add and customize each stage of your workflow.

Project Workflow Designer

Project Settings — Team Roles

For each project you can define the Team Roles, assign people to them, and define their access rights. You can even define default access rights that will apply to all the other people that are not included in any roles.

Project Team Roles

Project Settings — Ticket Form Designer

You can add custom fields to your tickets, re-arrange them, define the required ones, list the choices and the default values and more!

Project Ticket Designer

Project Settings — Automation

Automation allows you to create a set of rules for each project. Each rule is a pair of a condition and an action — when a ticket fits the condition, it triggers the action.

Automation

By default each project has one default Rule — coloring red tickets with expired deadlines. You can add/edit/delete rules, change their order and pause them. When a rule can not be triggered due to problematic conditions or actions (for example, a condition about moving a ticket to a stage that does not exist anymore, or an email notification that has to be sent to a user that is not in this account anymore) — the rule is placed on hold automatically.

The right panel shows the Automation logs — when each rule was triggered and how many tickets where affected.

This feature has full functionality only on PRO accounts.
Automation Condition

When adding/editing a rule, you have a set of conditions (triggers) to choose from:

  • Ticket Created — triggers the action when a new ticket is created.
  • Moved to Stage — triggers the action when a ticket is moved to a specific stage or stages.
  • Moved to Project — triggers the action when a ticket is moved into this project.
  • No Ticket Activity — triggers the action when there is no activity in a ticket for more than X days/months (any ticket edits, moving it between stages or posting notes into it).
  • Time Spent in a Stage — triggers the action when a ticket spends more than X days/months in a specific stage or stages.
  • Name, Description fields — triggers the action when this field contains certain words
  • Tags field — triggers the action when this field contains certain tags
  • Required by field — triggers the action when the ticket deadline is reached, or is about to be reached, or is not set at all. The action is triggered once per day, at a certain time. It does not trigger on closed tickets (the ones located in the last column).
  • Assigned to field — triggers the action when a certain person or people are assigned to the ticket, or when there is nobody assigned to the ticket.
Automation Action

When a rule condition for a ticket is met, it triggers the rule action on that ticket.

You have a set of automated actions to choose from:

  • Apply ticket color — changes the ticket color (not overwriting an existing ticket color by default)
  • Email — sends an email notification to the ticket creator, ticket team or specific people (multiple tickets are grouped into one email)
  • Add Tag — adds tags to the ticket

The same rule applies to a specific ticket just once, unless the rule condition is modified.

When creating a rule (not when editing it later), for many conditions you can select the "apply to existing tickets as well" flag to the action. It will trigger the rule for existing tickets as well, not just to the new tickets and tickets modified in the future.

Automation is a powerful feature and can help you streamline your workflow, especially when combining multiple ones in a project. In this case the order of the rules may change the outcome, so make sure you place your rules in a correct order. You can trigger email notifications on certain conditions, track tickets that are being ignored, visually mark certain tickets with specific colors or tags and so on.

Project Performance Report

Generate Cumulative/Burndown and Bottleneck graphs, filter tickets by dates and people and export them into CSV (Excel).

Project Performance Report