How to put in an estimate field for Subtasks?

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Learn to plan and estimate for scrum teams

I don't see how I can add that from the settings? I can see the Task one but not the Subtask one

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It's the same principle, the sub-tasks are just another issue type.

However, you do need to be a little thoughtful when estimating sub-tasks.  If you're going to estimate on sub-tasks, you will find it best to not estimate at story level as soon as a sub-task has an estimate.

Thanks Nic, yes we are estimating on sub-task level so we need the Estimates field. I enabled Time Tracking and the estimate field in Story is enabled, but the Sub-task still doesn't get the Estimate field, can you elaborate how you enable that?



You need to check that the "time tracking" field is enabled in the field configuration for the sub-task type and that the field is on the screens that you are using for the sub-task types.

Hi Nic, thanks for the pointer, got it; however, there's no options to set it to estimate as Story Points? I've configured it to use Story Point for estimation in "Board->configure->estimation" and set "Time Tracking to None" because I just want to count all estimates in story point when I move the sub task to done.

So how do I put in estimates as Story Point for sub-tasks??


Right, well, story points don't roll up to the parent issues at all, so you do need to be careful with those.

The estimation can be set on the board in the general configuration - you should have the option of estimates or a drop-down list of all number fields (including story points)

See the first diagram on 

How can you set the Estimate for a Sub-Task type if:

  • Estimate can only be turned on Scrum board
  • Scrum board does not show Sub-Task

Adding the Time Tracking field didn't help, the "Where is my field?" helper tells me that the field should be on the screen I'm viewing, but it is not there. When viewing a Task, the field is there.

I don't think your questions make sense, please re-read the original answer and comments, as they directly contradict your statements, as does the way JIRA works.

I have the same issue, the only way I can add an estimate to a sub task is when it is in an active sprint. Thats the only place the estimate field get exposed for edit

No further information on this? I have the same issue as Philip. If you add subtasks to stories while they are in the backlog, it is literally impossible to estimate them. When you navigate to the page that is like[subtaskidentifier] there is no estimate field there.

And since you can't see subtasks on the Backlog view like you can on the Active Sprints view, you can't do it there either.

Same answer - when doing Scrum, don't estimate on sub-tasks.

After looking at this, I agree it is not a good idea to put estimates on subtasks

Dennis Guse Community Champion Apr 30, 2017

That's kind of an ideological thing (should I be allowed to work in an agile team and estimate their tasks also on sub-level) enabling the effort estimation also on subtasks would be nice to have for me - but using Tasks and linking them is also an option. 

I have been evaluating this tool to recommend this for my organization who recently started scrum. But I am confused since slicing a task into minute level and time tracking it is the basic and effective method of scrum. This gives a picture on where the developer is stuck (on which sub task) and the scrum master can facilitate him on a better way.

The estimates of subtasks should rollup to show the storie's estimation. I am not sure whethere I am missing to find that option to enable estimates for subtasks.

The option is there, as described above.  But it won't help you with Scrum - JIRA Software ignores estimates on sub-tasks, so you'll end up with some very odd looking numbers.

I seem to have found a really weird solution to this.  If you go into Edit view for a Sub-task, you can click the ellipses on the upper right-hand corner and select "Log Work."  There, you can set the Remaining Estimate, but you have to put time in Time Spent, which is strange.  I just put 1 minute to appease the system.


If you want Tasks to be categorized by story, as I do, it seems that Sub-Tasks in JIRA are what I'd normally term "Tasks," so I guess this is the way to go?  Hope this is helpful.

Ooof, I should caveat this: This does indeed assign that estimated time, but it does not chance the original estimate field, just remaining estimate.  If anyone knows how to change that original field, that info would be greatly appreciated!

I have exactly the same issue. Everybody claims there should be an estimate field for sub-task but I cannot manage to find one.

The default is that it is not there. 

As an admin, you can adjust the field configuration and/or screens so that it does appear on sub-tasks.  Off-the-shelf, all you need to do are the screens - add the "timetracking" field to the create and edit screens for sub-tasks in the project.

Thanks, I figured out I had no sufficient privileges for doing that. It is exactly as you say.

well unfortunately I dont have a PHD in computer science, hence cant even figure out how to make the most simple changes on this platform:( Love the heck out of it from a task management perspective but really wish their settings and help was ore user friendly. 

ok rant over, I digress...How do I go about adjusting the field config to be able to add time estimates to my ST?


Copy a existing borad or create a new one before you perform any change sin live projects.So that you dont risk any existing work.

In the Board Configuration->Set the Estimation Statistic->Original Time Estimate

And Time Tracking as Remaining Estimate and Time Spent


1) Add a story to back log or active sprint.Say for example we move a story to an active sprint. Add estimate say for example 2w

2) To a Issue type-Story- Add a sub task

2) Click to view the Issue detail view for the Sub Task

3) Select More->Log Work

4) Input Time Spent is weeks,days or hours

5) You will see the Time Tracking section on the right hand side of the screen with progress bars for Estimated,Remaining and Logged work and with a option to include sub tasks or not.

You can also adjust the Remaining estimate as per your requirement. Just click on the + icon adajcent to Time Tracking section.


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Hello Guys,

The only thing what you have to do is to configure on the correct way... I suggest all of you watch my video... with English Subtitles...

However, I give you an image to show the Estimations field in tasks and sub-task...  


you are the man Mauricio...!
Mucho gracias hermano

1.pngHere I prepared for you guys a step by step guide on how you can activate time estimates for subtasks with screenshots from a new Jira interface.

Check the link to google dock

Had to search a lot of info to understand this workflow. At the end, there are referrals to other problems and more from Jira manuals.

Hope it will be useful for you.

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