Why can't I estimate against tasks and sub-tasks?



I don't understand why I can't estimate against tasks and sub tasks?

I have routine tasks each sprint which take an amount of time like e.g. fixed reviews with legal and risk, which aren't directly related to stories and I can't estimate against these. This means i'm unable to do burndown reports as it doesn't account for the effort for parts of the sprint.


Say if I have a story which is 'redesign the layout of a product details page,/ this story is broken down into numerous sub-tasks, like sketching, prototyping, development, QA but yet I can't estimate against these because they are sub-tasks. I can't create these as stories as by definition this isn't what they are.


Can you please help?





4 answers

1 accepted

0 vote
Volodymyr Krupach Community Champion Feb 22, 2015

Hello again smile

Looks like Time Tracking fields are not configured for Task and Sub-Task issue types. Please look at the screenshot and instructions here https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/Cloud/Defining+a+Screen, Configuring a screen's tabs and fields.


Volodymyr Krupach Community Champion Feb 24, 2015

Did it help?

Yes it did, all sorted now. Thanks very much for your help. Mark

Volodymyr Krupach Community Champion Feb 24, 2015

That's great! Could you please mark the answer as Accepted.

0 vote
Volodymyr Krupach Community Champion Feb 21, 2015

Hi Mark,

You should be able to estimate Tasks and Sub-tasks. I guess that Time Tracking fields are hidden for Tasks and Sub-tasks.

Please try:

On Taks or Sub Task  Edit Issue dialog on top right click  Configure Fields and make sure that Time Tracking check-box is on.




Thanks for your response.


I’ve checked and it doesn’t look like time tracking is an option in my configure fields drop down? please see screen shot below.


Am I missing something?







Configure fields.PNG

0 vote
Steven Behnke Community Champion Feb 27, 2015

@Mark Loydall,

Someone with Administration Permissions will need to add them to your Project's Task and Sub Task issue type's screens. This is done through the Administrator panel.

Do you mean Administration Permissions at the project level or the site level?

Suggest an answer

Log in or Join to answer
Community showcase
Alexey Matveev
Published Saturday in Jira

How to run Jira in a docker container

Everything below is tested on Ubuntu 17.10. I prefer to use Jira in a docker container because: 1. I can install Jira with a couple of commands. 2. I can start and stop Jira just by starting and s...

68 views 1 4
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you
Atlassian Team Tour

Join us on the Team Tour

We're bringing product updates and pro tips on teamwork to ten cities around the world.

Save your spot