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?
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.
You should be able to estimate Tasks and Sub-tasks. I guess that Time Tracking fields are hidden for Tasks and Sub-tasks.
On Taks or Sub Task Edit Issue dialog on top right click Configure Fields and make sure that Time Tracking check-box is on.
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