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Calculate number of child issues per status category for an epic

I have added three numeric custom fields to an epic:

  • Derived: ToDo
  • Derived: In Progress
  • Derived: Done

I would like to create automation rules to calculate the total number of issues for each field based on the status category of the derived/child issues. One trigger would be whenever an issue is added/removed to the epic and the other one, when the status of one of the child issues changes.

I played around a bit, but couldn't get it to work. Any ideas?

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nmenere Atlassian Team Sep 13, 2020


In Jira Cloud we have recently introduced a "Lookup issues" action that allows you to lookup issues via JQL and then reference them later in the rule as a smart-value.

With this you could have a rule:

  • When issue created
  • Branch on Epic
    • Lookup issues where jql: "Epic link" = "{{issue.key}}" and statusCategory = new
    • Edit issue - set "Derived:ToDo" to {{lookupIssues.size}}


Does that work for you?


Nick Menere [Atlassian]

That sounds promising, but we are using Jira Server. Will this be available there too?

nmenere Atlassian Team Sep 20, 2020

Unfortunately this is a Cloud only feature with no plan to migrate to the Server.

😞  Server users = 2nd class customers

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