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updating the remaining estimate of parent issue

Is there a way how to automate updating the remaining estimate of parent issue when work log is created on subtask?

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Mykenna Cepek Community Leader Feb 03, 2022

This thread explores how you might go about that.

(Tip: using the community search, in this case for "automation remaining", can help uncover answers more quickly.)

But I really suggest you consider this question first: Do you really want to automate that?

I see the biggest value of the Remaining Estimate field to be having a human re-evaluate that whenever time is logged. Why? Because usually the Original Estimate is wrong.

Having been a developer, and having had to estimate my work, and then log my time, we know this to be true empirically. Any Original Estimates is a guess based on incomplete information.

Consider this... If I thought a Story was going to take me 3 hours, but it only takes me 1 hour, I would log time for 1 hour, set the Remaining Estimate to zero, and transition the issue onward.

Do you really want to bake into your process that instead the issue will get auto-set to "2 hours remaining" after logging that first hour? How many of your remote employees might see that as an opportunity to watch a few more episodes of their favorite show, instead of working on something else? My point is: that's a bad process.

If you really don't care about Remaining Estimate, maybe don't use it at all?

Curt Holley Community Leader Feb 03, 2022

What @Mykenna Cepek said.

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