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Structure: No of direct children for a specific level

Hi, I am building  a structure grouped be certain criteria. Now I would like on the folder level the number of direct descendants. Count sub_items or count leaves gives me too much information :-). I've alredy defined a column with depth.

Thx, Peter

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@peter_dickermann ,

Thank you for reaching out to the support team here at ALM Works!  I just wanted to post the solution, that @Dionathan Lopes _ALM Works_  provided, here so that others with a similar use case can find the solution!



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Hello @peter_dickermann ,

David from ALM Works here.  

You could try adding a formula column with:

If(!issuetype, countsub_items)

 You will need to map the countsub_items variable to count sub_items.

This formula will look at non-issues (folders) and for them only, count the sub-items (direct descendants).  

Please let me know if this helps. 


Hi David,

thank you for the answer, but it doesn't quite anser my question. I want to see only the number of direct descendants, e.g. under the folder I have 4 Stories with n sub tasks, but I just want to see the number of stories.

Thank you


Hello @peter_dickermann ,

You are very welcome. 

Based on your initial message as well as the clarification you have provided, the Formula should be doing exactly what you are looking for.

If it is not, then maybe there is still some detail I am missing, or we need to review the Variable Mapping.

Could you share a screenshot of the formula you created in the structure and its results?  We are always happy to help directly through our support channels, email or customer portal, as well.

Best Regards,

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Hi David,

here comes the screenshot


As you can see (hopefully) it says 20 in the last column, but wanted/expected is 4, because these are the direct children beneath the folder. I hope this helps.

Best regards

Hello @peter_dickermann ,

Thank you, this was very helpful.  Could you check the settings for Count Sub-Items in the variable list (gear icon)?

If you enable Leaves Only, this should get you what you need.  I mistakenly assumed this was on by default, but just tested now and found it isn't the case.

Screen Shot 2022-03-28 at 9.59.49 AM.png

Let me know if it helps!


Hi David,

this didn't help ... The result I've hoped for is 4 but it shows 17

Best regards


Hi David,
it seems now that structure is counting all the leaves on the lowest level only. So a Bug with 4 sub-tasks gives a count of 4, a bug without subtasks counts as 1.

@peter_dickermann ,

Sorry to hear that.  Please contact our support team directly via email or customer portal


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