Enable estimation

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Calculate your team's velocity by estimating each issue in your backlog. You can currently estimate work using story points. Over the next few months, we’ll also add time estimation to team-managed software projects.

Time estimation is on the way to team-managed

But not everything’s available just yet. To start, we’ve enabled the Original estimate field for everyone. Once you’ve added some time estimates, you can also try a JQL search based on duration. For example:

project=”NAME” and originalEstimate > 1m order by created DESC

We’ve also opened up our API, allowing our marketplace vendors to upgrade their tools, giving you access to an enhanced experience.

In the coming months, time estimation will be available as a project feature. This means:

  • The Original estimate field will be surfaced on issues in the Board and Backlog view.

  • The Backlog will display the total value of all issues with original estimates.

  • Original estimation will be available in the sprint burndown, burnup, and velocity reports.

Enable estimation for your team-managed project

  1. Navigate to your team-managed software project.

  2. Go to Project Settings Features.

  3. Enable or disable the Estimation feature.

Disabling the estimation feature, or removing the field from an issue type won’t affect any pre-existing estimation data on your issues.

The data's hidden and can be surfaced again if the relevant estimation feature is enabled, or the field is added to the issue type again.

Add estimates to epic issue types

When you enable the Estimation feature, the Story point estimate will be available to all standard-level issue types. The Original estimate field is always available.

You can also add these fields to epic issue types. Learn how to customize an issue's fields.

To add the Original estimate field:

  1. If you’re not already there, navigate to your team-managed project.

  2. From your project sidebar, select Project settings.

  3. In Project settings, select Issue types.

  4. From the Fields panel on the rightmost side of your screen, select Original estimate.

  5. Drag, then drop the field where you’d like it to appear.

How to estimate issues

To estimate an issue on your board or backlog:

  1. Select and expand an issue to view its details.

  2. In the Story point estimate field, enter a valid estimate. Story point estimates must be numerical but can include decimal points.

  3. In the Original estimate field, enter a numerical figure based on a unit of time. Available units are weeks, days, hours, or minutes. For example, 1w 2d 3h 4m.

An issue detail view. The story point estimate field is spotlighted, but other fields are visible.


The estimation field is available wherever you can open an issue, such as the backlog, board, and roadmap (if you've added the Story point estimate or Original estimate field to epic issue types).

View estimates in reports

The estimates entered on your project's issues will affect your project's reports. This only applies to story point estimation at the moment. Learn more about reports in team-managed projects.

Learn more

Estimation takes place in the backlog. Read more about maintaining a healthy, well-organized backlog.


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Calculate your team's velocity by estimating each issue in your backlog. Currently, only story point estimation is available for team-managed Software projects but we'll add other estimation methods in the coming months.

Enable estimation for your team-managed project

  1. Navigate to your team-managed software project.

  2. Go to Project Settings Features.

  3. Enable or disable the Estimation feature. 

If you’re a Jira admin

When you navigate to the issue type configuration screen, you might notice that there will now be two Story point estimate fields when you do this. This is because one is for company-managed Scrum/Kanban projects, and the other is for team-managed Scrum/Kanban projects.

Add estimates to epic issue types

When you enable the Estimation feature, the Story point estimate field will be available to all standard-level issues types. You can also add this field to epic issue types if you want to estimate epics. Check out Customizing an issue's fields in team-managed projects for more information.

How to estimate issues

To estimate an issue:

  1. Select an issue on either the board or backlog.

  2. In the issue detail view, under Story point estimate, enter a valid estimate. Story point estimates must be numerical, but can include decimal points. 

An issue detail view. The story point estimate field is spotlighted, but other fields are visible.


This field is available wherever you can open an issue, including on the Backlog, on the Board, and on the Roadmap (if you've added the Story point estimate field to epic issue types).

View estimates in reports

The estimates entered on your project's issues will affect your project's reports. Check out the Reports page for more information.

Learn more

Estimation takes place in the backlog. Read more about maintaining a healthy, well-organized backlog.

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