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Log Work should only ask for estimation and not for the time spent within GreenHopper

JIRA and GreenHopper requires to set the 'Time spent' and 'Remaining Estimate' during a 'Log Work'. The prefered agile way in Scrum is to only track the remaining estimate and do not waste time in thinking about the question how much time should I log for ISSUE-4711. I was not able to find a way to shift this and only track the remaining estimate.

Is there any way to do this?

I also know that I will lose informations if we do not track the 'Time Spent' but this is okay for us.

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The remaining estimate can be tracked via the hours burndown chart. For this to be accurate the remaining time should be cleared to zero when an issues is closed. Alternatively a post function can be added which does this automatically and this will be reflected in the burndown.

Ok, 2 cents about: "only track the remaining estimate". This is totally bogus (I know, I know, scrum teams do not want to actually disclose how much wasted time there's in a project, and I understand why). This is where agile looses in front of traditional methods (well, I also have to say that actually I never saw a self-organizing team - some people are just born leaders and that's immediately seen in any team). Please split the theoretical scrum from the practical one.

That being said "how much time should I log" is a question about team discipline. It is good & important info. Keep track of it. It's just sane ;)

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