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.
Once a ticket reaches the last column, it will be auto-archived after a few days (7 by default).
You can change that delay or turn auto-archive off via Main settings window:
You can access the archived tickets list via the List View. You can also un-archive them at any point.
Ticket View contains ticket details and also a Notes and Files area for communicating with your team.
If you need to split a ticket into multiple actions, you can add a list of Tasks to it:
Tasks list is shared with other users and they can edit it if they have the rights to edit the ticket. Some tips:
Note: Tasks list is not visible to External Users.
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.
Dashboard View is similar to List View inside projects, but it shows tickets across all projects, not just one.
Project Info is the first of the four settings pages that let you customize each project.
You can add and customize each stage of your workflow.
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.
You can add custom fields to your tickets, re-arrange them, define the required ones, list the choices and the default values and more!
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.
With Automation you can trigger email notifications on certain conditions, track tickets that are being ignored, color them or assign to people, and so on.
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 does not exist in this account anymore) — the rule is placed on hold automatically.
When adding/editing a rule, you have a set of conditions (triggers) to choose from:
When a rule condition for a ticket is met, it triggers the rule action for that ticket.
You have a set of automated actions to choose from:
Normally, a rule can be triggered by a ticket just once, and then it stops checking that ticket. But if the ticket has been modified, or the rule was modified — it can lead to re-triggering of the rule for this ticket again, if those changes are related to this rule. For example, a rule triggered by a ticket missing the deadline will be re-triggered by the same ticket, if that ticket deadline was modified and then later was missed again.
When creating a rule (not when editing it later), for many conditions you can select the "apply to existing tickets as well" or " apply to existing tickets retrospectively " flag to the action. It will trigger the rule for existing tickets as well, not just for the new tickets and tickets modified in the future.
Rules are executed from the security level of the rule creator. If that user does not exist, the rule is placed on hold, but can be reactivated by another user who unpauses it.
Rules are created on a project level. Only people that can edit project settings can edit its rules.
The right panel shows the Automation logs — when each rule was triggered and how many tickets were affected.
Automation is a powerful feature and can help you streamline your workflow, especially when combining multiple rules in one 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 "chain" multiple rules together to create more powerful automations.
Filter tickets by multiple fields and generate ticket and project level stats.
With an extended set of filters you can slice and dice your data in any way to generate custom reports. For example, the Dates range filter will display only tickets that have at least one day between their creation and "required by" dates that is within the selected date range.
Notes can also be included in the report, making it easy to create a hard copy of your tickets.
You can show/hide extra columns that contain ticket fields and stats (like ticket closing time, difference between closing and "required by" dates, and time spent in each column).
Project level stats show the overall progress and metrics like the average ticket closing time.
The report can be exported to CSV/Excel or printed out.
Generate Cumulative/Burndown and Bottleneck graphs, filter tickets by dates and people and export them into CSV/Excel.
If you have a small screen or just want to see more smartQ content at once, you can now use Full Screen (Shift + F) or Zen Mode (Shift + Z).