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General Tab

The General tab of the report designer is where you select the main entity (Topic) on which to focus the report, as well as the output style (Type). You can't move to a different tab in the report designer until you enter a Topic, Type, and Title. 

  • (Required) Topic describes what the report is generally about: specific entities such as projects, tasks, issues, portfolios, and resources, or more complex reports that show time series data, portfolio-project relationships, and resource planning. Note that currently the more complex reports are not yet supported (and are not shown in the Topic droplist).
  • (Optional) Specialty fields provide internal scaffolding to support broader-themed reports, such as Scoring, Permissions, Audit History, and KPI (Audit History and KPI not currently supported). Specialty fields do not apply to all Topics, and as such the menu will only appear and have values when appropriate. See What is Specialty? below.
  • (Required) Type is the specific output style, such as List, Pie, Bar, Heatmap, to name a few. NOTE: For financial summary and financial entries reports, the List: Time Series works best (avoid the Crosstab).
  • (Required) Title is how the report is referred to on the Reports List page(s) - it is not the title of the report on the rendered output. The Title has a max character limit of 80, and is not required to be unique.
  • (Optional) You can optionally enter a report Description

You must select a Topic and a Type, and sometimes a Specialty (see below); each report can produce one output type. It is very easy to change the Topic and/or Type while you are configuring the report, so no need to worry about whether you picked correctly - you can always change it. If you want to see a Topic with various Types, simply copy the report and choose a different Type.

After you enter the required values you can move to any of the other tabs by clicking Data, Display, Variable Settings, or Team.

What is a Specialty?

The Specialty menu is kind of like Hamburger Helper for reports. There are some things that you'll want to report on that cannot be derived directly from an entity such as a project or a request. The Specialty menu includes some helper code in support of these scenarios. For example, there are currently two helpers: one for Scoring, and one for Permissions (with KPI and Audit to follow soon). If you want to build a scoring report for projects, you'll pick the Topic > Project and Specialty > Scoring. Specialty values are provided for relevant Topics only; there is a None item, so you can always turn off the Specialty if you decide you want to build a traditional report that requires no helper.

See Speciality Reports for more information.

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