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I Want to confine User to use Epic if its LoE should be more than 40 Hrs

I have to configure Epic in a way so that if its total Level of Effort needed is less than 40 hrs ,then it should not allow User to create Epic in JIRA Software.

Is ther any way we can put a check on this or some validation soit allows USer to submit Epic when its LoE is greater than 40 Hrs.

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Hi @Ambrish Dwivedi 

What problem you are trying to solve by enforcing that test on level of effort (LOE)?

This seems more like a knowledge and education issue for people creating the issues, explaining how you are using epics and other issue types, and how to size LOE, rather than a Jira enforcement issue.

Or perhaps it is a work intake challenge, where people are asked to estimate LOE in hours.  Are the people creating these epics doing the work to deliver them?  If not, why would the epic-creator be estimating in effort hours, rather than something coarser like sizes: small, medium, large, or unknown?  Then allow the team to validate that forecast at refinement before start of work.

Best regards,


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Hello @Ambrish Dwivedi

Thank you for reaching out.

Unfortunately, there are no workflow validators that can require a specific time estimation to be set in a Jira issue in order to create it. We have a feature request created to implement this improvement:

Transition Validator to check if a field has a valid value 

Feel free to vote and watch the suggestion to increase its priority and also receive notifications about any updates.

As a workaround today, you can try one of the following options:

1 - Create an automation rule that will close the ticket if it has less than 40 hours of estimation:

Screen Shot 2020-12-15 at 20.18.32.png

This will not prevent the issue creation but will prevent the issue from being counted in your reports and let the user know why it was closed.

2 - Use a third-party app, as Jira Workflow Toolbox 

Let us know if you have any questions.

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