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User Story's tend to progress in our sprint backlog even if sub tasks have not yet been completed


We've had this issue happen repeatedly. 

We work with 4 columns: "to do", "in progress", "in review", "Done".

The dev team continually moves forward the User Story's without having worked on all of the sub tasks that are still pending. 

I am trying to find a way to automate this process by requesting the following:

  • If sub task moves to in progress, US can also move to in progress
  • If sub task moves to in review, US can also move to in review
  • If sub task moves to done, US can also move to done

Has anyone encountered this before? Can it be automated in Jira; maybe even reduced to a simpler automation task?


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Ismael Jimoh Community Leader Mar 24, 2021

Hi @Jean-William 

You can achieve this using a sub-task blocking condition in your workflow conditions section see below:
Screenshot 2021-03-24 at 13.04.09.png

You can then set what status the sub-task must be in for the user to be able to move to the next status see:
Screenshot 2021-03-24 at 13.04.23.png
I have the add-on scriptrunner installed on my instance and though I doubt it provides this feature, it would be good to check if you have the same condition I highlighted in the first image.


Hello Ismael,

Thank you for your prompt reply. 

Very useful, and I can now add in the "sub task blocking condition". 


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