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Adding "Original estimate" field to screens (JIRA 3.13)

Desperate for some help. I know we're in the dark ages using JIRA 3.13 Enterprise :-)

I've created a project with all the necessary specific workflows, screens fields, but can't see how I add the time tracking facility. Time tracking is activated for all users. I want to be able to add a time estimate field (and I don't seem to be able to add a sensible one through the admin).

I could revert to adding a numerical field and add the estimate in hours as a workaround, but can't see why I can't add the time tracking fields. Any clues very much appreciated.

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You may have heard the sound of the penny drop. I was looking for "Original estimate" as the field to add. (A bit embarassing, although I felt vindicated when I couldn't find this fact in the help for v3.13 :-)).

Thanks All - much appreciated

Janet Albion Atlassian Team Jul 01, 2013

Glad to hear it is a solved mystery :)

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Janet Albion Atlassian Team Jul 01, 2013

Hi Pete,

Back in JIRA 3.13.x , the Original Estimate and Remaining Estimate is controlled by the "Time Tracking" field. So, you would need to add the "Time Tracking" field into the screen that you want your user to be able to set the Original Estimate or Remaining Estimate.

But first, you would need to enable the Time Tracking feature via Administrations > Time Tracking .

Good luck.


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Not sure with your version of JIRA, but we use time.on plug-in.

So your saying a a piece or world class project management software 

Does not provide the ability to estimate a task and track the time spent on the task and display the time remaining on a task, out of the box.

This in fact is a true statement for JIRA ! wow, is it just me?

Thanks very much James. I was hoping to do this is the vanilla system, but will check this out.

Thanks Janet. I've enabled time tracking, and have the correct permissions. The project has custom workflows and screens, and I can't see how to include the original estimate field in these. It isn't apperaring by default.

Janet Albion Atlassian Team Jul 01, 2013


Please make sure to add the "Time Tracking" field to the correct screen used in the Transition's "Transition View".

In addition to that, if you has time spent on the issue, the Original Estimate won't appear as the Remaining Estimate will shows in the screen.

This is JIRA 4.0's guide, but the Transition View should look something like

The "time tracking" field IS the original estimate - the field has different displays and names depending on where it's being used. You must make sure you have "time tracking" on the screen for "original estimate" to appear.

I added Original Estimate to View screen but it doesn't seem to update the Time Tracking section. I added the field to Edit, the screen comes with two Original Estimates. 

Any inputs?
(Time Tracking is added in the both the screens)

You've got a custom field called "original estimate", and you've added that to the screen.  This is not the same as Jira's "original estimate".

Please see the first sentence in the previous comment, this explains how the estimates work.

Ok, but adding the Time Tracking alone to the view screen doesn't give field Original Estimate like it does in Edit. Am I doing something wrong?

There is a time-tracking panel where the estimate fields appear.  You don't really need to add the field to issue view at all.

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