Story estimation on Kanban

Is it possible to estimate stories in hours when using a Kanban board? How is it done?

Thanks in advance!


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The way this is configured is a little tricky.  On a screen, the field is called "Time Tracking".  However the "Time Tracking" field is actually comprised of three unique fields, one for Estimation, one for Remaining, and one for Logged. To get those fields to show up on a Kanban board, you'll need to add each field individually.

  • Original Estimate
  • Remaining Estimate
  • Time Spent

Those are the three unique fields you'll need to add to a Kanban board Issue Detail view or card layout.  

Go to "Boards" and then "configure", then choose card-layout, select a field you want to add in the dropdown and hit "add".

Hope this helps!

Paulo Miguel

Atlassian Support | Cloud

Thanks Paulo. It helped a lot! Just one more quick question. How do I set the Original Estimate? Thanks again!

These time estimates don't really make sense for Kanban. When planning with Kanban, you make use of the measured cycle time of issues (actual time taken for an issue to go from the first phase to being done). Estimation is done based on number of similarly sized tasks that an issue will consist of. That number of tasks multiplied by the cycle time gives you your estimated time completion time.

If you need to be predictive for issues that are in progress, then perhaps your issues need to be broken down further. The answer to the question: "When will this issue that is already in progress be done", should just be: "Around (your cycle time)". 

First of all it is not possible to define the estimation and tracking statistic on kanban board. You will not need to do estimation in story points as you are using a kanban board. Estimation (in story points) only comesi n picture when u r using sprints in a scrum board.

For using kanban board, use the original and remaining time estimate for doing your estimations. 


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