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How can my team track time on tasks and aggregate that time to an Epic?

My team is using the Kanban Board as we trial Jira for our Task Management tool. We are working to get in the habit of tracking time so that we can get a better idea of how much time we are spending on various different projects and support tasks. We are utilizing Epics to bucket all of our work with Tasks containing the meat of what we are doing. We have noticed that while we can track time spent on issues, that time is not getting aggregated up to its parent Epic. Is there any way to ensure this happens? 

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Hello @Amy Kilbury 

Welcome to the community.

That is not a built in feature of JIRA Cloud.

You can find apps that you can add to JIRA Cloud to do that for you. An internet search for "jira cloud sum time for epic" will provide you with links to some of the apps in the Marketplace.

Alternately you might be able to add a custom field to your Epics and then use the Automation feature to aggregate the data each time work is logged. You would have to consider how to handle the case of a work log being changed or deleted also.

Chiming in on the recommendations of others concerning 3rd party apps, we use 

Worklogs - Time Tracking and Reports

It is pretty straight forward to use, and not terribly expensive. We are using it to generate reports for exactly this use case - rolling up time at the Epic level.

Hi @Amy Kilbury 

If you would be interested in a ready made solution, You may want to try out our plugin,

Agile Tools : Epic Tree & Time in Status 

You can get all the issues under the Epic , with its complete hierarchy and their progress based on time tracking

Key features of Epic Hierarchy:

  • Epic Sum up - Roll up for Time estimates and Story Points
  • Excel like editing for key fields
  • Excel export of hierarchy data. Progress % on "remaining estimate" or "original estimates"
  • Support for custom names for Epic & Story fields
  • Epic Tree on Issue Screen
  • Custom field roll up

Along with Epic Sum, you also get 2 other important functionalities within the same plugin, Links Hierarchy and Multiple Time in Status reports (to track your issues).


Epic Hierarchy.PNG

Hi @Amy Kilbury ,


this is quite common feature in the worklogs related apps from the marketplace. Please try them and use the one that is the most convenient for you:

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