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Track % increase in Estimation

Sushmita Chakraborty May 16, 2024

Hello Team,


Is there a way to track the overall increase of a project estimation, if i have added extra hours into the project.

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Rustem Shiriiazdanov May 16, 2024

Hi @Sushmita Chakraborty 

Yes, Jira Service Management (as well as Jira Software) can help you track the overall increase in project estimation if you have added extra hours to the project. It depends on a way how you add hours though. Are you just changing original estimate of the issues?


If yes, there are two capabilities:

I. Native Jira approach:

  • First you probably need to create specific custom field:
    Create custom fields to track the original estimate and the updated estimate. Use this field to enter the original estimate (historical) and keep the updated estimate in "original estimate" whenever changes are made.
  • Set Up Automation Rule to update the custom field which on a a trigger, such as Field Value Changed for the estimation field will do the calculations to update. Probably you could also create a field to store increase percentage of a change.
    You may use smart values, like {{issue.customfield_originalEstimate}} - {{issue.customfield_updatedEstimate}} to do calculations
  • Create a dashboard with gadgets such as Issue Statistics or some filter results.
    Configure the gadgets to display the custom fields and the percentage increase.

II. If you are up to Marketplace Solutions, I'd recommend you  for which I am Product Owner. Application allows you to code your own report using Jira issues` history. If you don't have JS code experience, please refer to me, we will deliver simple report for you, and later you will able to amend it yourself. 




Product Owner, Report Builder

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Danut M _StonikByte_
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May 16, 2024

Hi @Sushmita Chakraborty,

A potential solution, without the need to create new custom fields and automation rules, is to use one of gadgets offered by our Great Gadgets app.  More specifically,  you could use one of these two gadgets. They do not display '% increase', but display the actual number at the start / end of project, which help you calculate '% increase'. 

Release Burndown Burnup Chart gadget - its Scope line indicates the total estimation of the items from your release and its evolution along the time 


All you have to do, it to configure this gadget with a filter/JQL that returns the issues from your project. 

You can configure it to show only the Scope line. Hovering the mouse cursor over the line will display the actual numbers.


Similar to this, you could use the Cumulative Flow Diagram gadget, which can display the total estimate along the time. 


Very helpful could be also the WIP Run Chart gadget that can show the total project estimates along time and the trend. 


See also

Hope this helps. 


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