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What JIRA Scrum setup to use to benefit from the reporting

Hello everyone,


So I've been setting up a software development team to use Scrum in JIRA. All is great apart of the vast inconsistencies I see when it comes to actually using all the reporting.


In short I would like such setup that I can make use of:

- burndown chart

- sprint report

- velocity chart

- version report

- epic report

- control chart

- epic burndown

- release burndown


Also I'm assuming the structure of Epics -> Stories  -> Sub-task is used


Seems quite logical to be able to do all that but then again tons of problems appear when you start using this.

To name a few:

- if you estimate subtasks then the total estimate will not appear on story level hence backlog prioritization and picking sprint stories becomes a nightmare

- if you don't estimate tasks..people are confused where do they log their time - even if using story points and not time and even if you look as sub-tasks just like done/not done there are inconsistencies in the reporting and can't make use of the reporting.


So I've read a tons of posts and all I see are problems and no actual solution to use JIRA for software development.


I would love to hear how you boys&girls have solved this issue. I'd like to stay within JIRA environment and not use tons of event hooks and pouring data outside/ creating excel files etc.


Much appreciated any feedback.



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I mostly see it used as Atlassian built it.  You usually estimate stories with Story Points, and then when you need work logs, you add them to sub-tasks and stories as needed.

You don't put scrum estimates on sub-tasks, because you don't commit to sub-tasks in scrum, you commit to a story, and a story is either done or it is not.

Hmm, I don't quite understand what you mean by:

"and then when you need work logs, you add them to sub-tasks and stories as needed."

Are you suggesting that on sub-tasks you just log time for example..but there are no estimates for the sub-tasks?

Sorry, I was not clear there.

There are no scrum estimates for sub-tasks.  You can still estimate time on them, but that will not be of any use in your charts, which is why I said to use Story Points instead.

If you want to base your scrums on time estimates, you can, but you will need to abandon time estimates on sub-tasks because they won't work and will make your scrum reports look wrong.

Have a look at (the "estimate in points, track in time" section)

I read the article and your suggestions.

So to summarize: to make the most of JIRA reporting

1. Use story points estimates on Stories

2. Use no estimates on sub-tasks

This will make use of all burndown reports (sprint,epic,release)and predictions.


3. In addition... if willing to see workload (e.g.  how much time spend on each sub-task) people can just log time in each subtask and this will not affect burndowns (scrum) in any way.

Yes, that's pretty much the best way to work with Jira here.

Thanks a lot Nic! Will play with this a bit and get back to you with feedback. Much appreciated :)

@Nic Brough _Adaptavist_ Just a small correction, Team commits to the sprint goal not to the sprint backlog. May be we need to work on that in our JIRA Product.

Yes, sorry, that is true.  A sprint goal will include the sprint backlog, otherwise it's not a lot of use though.

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