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Estimating effort of manual test cases

DPK J Community Leader Jun 30, 2020

We have some manual test cases (sanity and business related) in our system, all of them are stored as issues in Jira.

When we make a release we create test run using these test cases, and few people from QA/BA team execute them.

But we are not able to find a proper way to make estimation of these test run. We need this estimation, so that we can allocate each person proper amount of test cases during release process.

I want some suggestions and ways you all are doing this.



Hello @DPK J Zephyr does support execution level time tracking. In order to use that, you have to provide the original estimate to your testcase i.e jira issue. One you will add them to any cycle, it will become an execution. The created execution will have the property the total estimated time & total logged time. You can use these properties to achieve cycle level estimation rate.

Sample Screenshot:

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Let us know, if you are looking for some other information.


DPK J Community Leader Jun 30, 2020

@Harsh DubeyI think I got rough idea. I'll ask question as soon as I get one.

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Currently, we have no specific custom fields that can serve the purpose you need to on the Test Cases. We have the "Begin Date" and "End Date", that were designed for the Test Plans and Test Executions.
Our suggestion is to create and use a specific custom field on the Test cases, something like "Story Points" from Jira.

Best Regards,

Team Xray

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DPK J Community Leader Jul 10, 2020

Thanks for the update @José Domingues [Xray] 

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AIO Tests for Jira provides an option to record estimated execution effort at time of creating test cases. When test cases are added to a test cycle for execution, the cycle detail page shows the total estimated effort of the cycle which can be used to assign resources at the time of cycle execution. Sample screenshot attached.



In addition to effort details, our cycle detail page is a comprehensive view of all the execution related details - status of execution, cycle details, run details, etc. all in one space.

Here is a link to our documentation -

If you face any issues, please feel free to contact us via


Please note, I work for AIO Support.



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DPK J Community Leader Jul 16, 2020

Super awesome @Noopur Varshney _AIO Tests_ 

I will connect with you on Service Desk.

Hi @DPK J ,

please have a look at this extensive page that details time tracking and the different possibilities with Xray.


The easiest approach is to estimate effort at the Test Execution issue level, similarly to what you do with any issue in Jira.

I woudln't recommend estimating effort at individual test level... as you should have some level of freedom to explore the system and evaluate properly the risks.






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DPK J Community Leader Jul 29, 2020

Thanks @Sergio Freire 

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Well it depends on how much time it takes for the test to execute.


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