How can we exclude traffic that is being generated by our own development team from being counted in Google Analytics traffic reports? We need to exclude a list of specific users. Please advice!
There are a number of ways to filter specific users out of Google Analytics:
You can create an advanced filter (Analytics Settings > Filter Manager > Add New Filter)
Here's a screenshot of the filter you'd have for your first example.
In the second example, you'd replace the form fields with
/task=(.*);taskupdates and /task=;taskupdates