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Time Estimation and Time Tracking Questions

Hi all,

My company has asked me to set up a Jira Scrum project a certain way, and I wanted to hear how you would suggest the best way to do it is.

This is what they want:

- Estimation (in time units) to be given to Sub-Tasks.

- That Estimation should roll up to User Stories, and from User Stories to Epics. They ideally want Epic estimations to roll up to components.

- All process bars (Epics, user stories by subtasks etc.) should be based on time remaining/time completed. At the moment we do not need real time tracking, so time remaining = the original estimate of all open child issues, and time completed = original estimate of closed child issues. 

What is the best way to implement the above?

What we have so far are multiple automations that do the work.

One makes the original estimate of a story = sum of original estimate of all it's subtasks every time a child issue is updated (by using the smart value {{#=}}{{issue.subtasks.original estimate.sum}}/60{{/}} on the parent). We have not found a way to make this work for Epics. 

The other automation adds a work log with the original estimate as time spent when an issue is completed, and then sets the remaining estimate to be 0. 

Overall, this works. 

The issue is, it can't possibly be right to use Jira this way. For example, the complexity of everything means things fail often, every time things happen a bit differently than we expected. 

One more comment - I am aware, and have made the administration aware that the reason this is not simple is that this is not the best practice according to Jira (time estimating on Sub-Tasks instead of stories, and even time estimating instead of using story points). They are aware of this, but still think that for our company at this point in time it is the best way to do things. They expect such a high-functioning software like Jira to be able to accommodate this not-so-crazy way of working. 

I would love to hear any suggestions to make this work in a better, more efficient way. 

Thank you!

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