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Adding a timer to a JIRA ticket

We have a Software project board (so not a support board) and would like monitor how long a ticket stays in a certain kanban status, in particular we  would like to then notify the assigned resource when the ticket has been in the status for x amount of time. Or as a minimum show the timer when viewing the ticket on the board. 

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Jack Community Leader Jul 19, 2021

Hi James,

This is an area where Jura is lacking to be honest. You can consider an app ad on like this one - time-in-status-for-jira-cloud . Note, I have no direct experience with this app and there may be others in the marketplace to consider as well. An out-of-the-box solution though pretty ugly would be to create a custom time in status date field and when the issue enters the status then record the date using automation and then have another automation rule that runs daily to check how long the issue has been in that status and notify the user if appropriate.

Thanks Jack for the input. On the automation rule which runs daily  to check how long the issues has been in a certain status, could you help me on this as I have looked at automation to try and do this but couldn't find a suitable automation trigger. 

Jack Community Leader Jul 19, 2021

There are a number of posts in the community that deal with automation and due dates so you might want to search for that. However I would also recommend familiarizing yourself with this article - smart-values-date-and-time-functions 

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Daniel Ebers Community Leader Jul 21, 2021

Hi @James Hill

adding to what Jack said two idea come to mind...

1.) when using a board you could utilize the "Days in column" function, it puts a graphical representation into the card showing when one is open for a pretty huge amount of time (not a directly timer, though - I am afraid)...


2.) with JQL you can get some additional insights, again, unfortunately not a timer in this meaning...

project = DEMO AND status = Open AND NOT status CHANGED AFTER -30d

This should show issues of status "Open" in Project "Demo" where the status has not been changed the last 30 days.

Also (but this was already touched by Jack perfectly) the one or another App could be of help.
You can test some from Marketplace without having to pay for them upfront.


Hi @James Hill ,

As an alternative, you can try Status Time app developed by our team. It provides reports on how much time passed in each status.

Once you enter your working calendar into the app, it takes your working schedule into account too. That is, "In Progress" time of an issue opened on Friday at 5 PM and closed on Monday at 9 AM, will be a few hours rather than 3 days. It has various other reports like assignee time, status entry dates, average/sum reports by any field(eg. average in progress time by project, average cycle time by issue creation month). And all these are available as gadgets on the dashboard too.

Here is the online demo link, you can see it in action and try.

If you are looking for a free solution, you can try the limited version Status Time Free. Hope it helps

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Hello @James Hill

Our team at OBSS built Time in Status app for this exact need. It is available for Jira Server, Cloud, and Data Center.

Time in Status allows you to see how much time each issue spent on each status or assigned to each assignee. You can also combine statuses into consolidated columns to see metrics like Ticket Age, Resolution Time, Cycle Time, or Lead Time

You can calculate averages and sums of those durations grouped by the issue fields you select. (For example, see the total InProgress time per Epic or average Resolution Time per issue type). 

tisCloud_StatusDuration_LeadTime_with Estimates.png  tisCloud_StatusDuration_LeadTime_Average.png  tisCloud_StatusDuration_LeadTime_Chart.png

The app calculates its reports using already existing Jira issue histories so when you install the app, you don't need to add anything to your issue workflows and you can get reports on your past issues as well.

Time in Status reports can be accessed through its own reporting page, dashboard gadgets, and issue view screen tabs. All these options can provide both calculated data tables and charts.

Using Time in Status you can:

  • See how much time each issue spent on each status, assignee, user group and also see dates of status transitions.
  • Calculate averages and sums of those durations grouped by issue fields you select. (For example, see average InProgress time per project and per issue type.)
  • Export your data as XLS, XLSX, or CSV.
  • Access data via REST API. (for integrations)
  • Visualize data with various chart types.
  • See Time in Status reports on Jira Dashboard gadgets


Hi @James Hill 

You can also try out our plugin,

Agile Tools : Epic Tree & Time in Status 

The add-on provides the time spent in each status for the entire lifecycle of the issue. You can also extract the transitions history of the issue. Along with various Issue stats reports, you get additional features like Epic Hierarchy, Links Hierarchy & Worklogs Report to track the project's progress. The main features are as below

  • More than 8 types of Time in Status Reports. Excel Export available for all status reports.
    • Time in Status
    • Time with Assignee
    • Time in Status with Assignee
    • Time with Assignee per Status
    • Status/Assignee Count
    • Multiple Transition Reports
    • Avg Time reports
  • Epic Hierarchy / Sum Up (Standard Jira Hierarchy Epic -> Story -> SubTask)
  • Link Hierarchy / Sum Up (Hierarchy based on your issue link, upto 10 level deep)
  • Worklogs Report


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