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JIRA: Restricting the original estimate field once it is set by a certain project role

Deleted user May 11, 2017

Is it possible to restrict users so they are not able to edit the original estimate. Instead they can edit the remaining estimate and log time against an issue?



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Hey Guys,

@Anthony Martin @Quentin Schneider @Sascha Klement @MobileJira 


This is very simple.

In every project, we have the Screen Scheme, where there are 3 operations named like 'Create Operation, Edit, and View' where we have to select the default screen for each operation.

If we remove the Time Tracking field from the Edit Operations Screen, there ends the matter, No one can edit the field. Still, they can log efforts if we do such!

Pardon me If my solution doesn't work for you.

It worked for me, and I'm daily using this scenario.


Thank you Akba,

Does this scenario allows you to set the estimate field after issue creation ?

@Quentin Schneider 

I could explain you better via a meet If it is okay for you!

You can reach me out at my Whatsapp Number +919493710073



Very much appreciate your reply on this.  If I'm understanding correctly, this solution would result in "hiding" the Original Estimate field, as in - it would no longer be visible directly as a field.

We need the field to be visible, just not editable, as would be sensible for an "original estimate".  

Is that correct or am I missing something?

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@Anthony Martin 

Yes, Anthony, we can see that field on the screen but cannot edit that values.

Thanks for your response.!! :)

Kindof pointless to have an "original estimate" field if it can be edited....  This really needs to be a thing.

This would be a good thing for reporting and planning. Still nothing in sight?

Novembre 2020, still waiting :(

A work around would be to add a custom field and populate it with the original estimate when it is entered for the first time. The custom field can be a non editable field which can be populated thru automation. This will help you capture if the estimation was modified or not and still have the original estimate recorded.   

Hi Sanooj Kumar,

Can you help me with details how to achieve your solution. I mean the step by step process to create custom field to populate the value of Original Estimate - First entry.

I can be reached at my Whatsapp Number +919849620109

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Deleted user Feb 11, 2020

Has anyone found a solution for this?

Is it possible to restrict users so they are not able to edit the original estimate?

Deleted user May 10, 2019

Unfortunately I still not been able to find a solution for cloud. Server instances could use Time Tracking's Legacy Mode, Lucas Lima of Atlassian provided the server solution to a similar question. 

right ok thank you and i have to clear more doubts about i will ask you soon. 

Try to use scrip runner - behaviour plug-in

have any sample idea

I'm also struggling with the sprints due to same issue, Team members editing the original time estimated while sprint planning easily.. & I'm loosing the track of Original Estimated Hrs. ! this very basic things to have ! ! :(

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No, JIRA does not have "field level security" that would allow you to prevent specific fields from changing. 

Deleted user May 12, 2017

Hi Nic,

That is a shame. Would have been good to have the original estimate uneditable once a sprint had started and the remaining estimate was the only field editable during that time. 

I will look for an existing feature request ticket, if there is not one I will create one. 





did you find any resolutions of this issue? Some add-ons?



Deleted user Nov 01, 2017

Hi Dmitrii,


Unfortunately not. I have not been able to find a plugin that offers this functionality either. 

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