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Using Estimations and Time Tracking with GreenHopper

Posted by Jai on October 10, 2012

In this post we will cover what Jira & GreenHopper offers in terms time tracking and how it works with jira and green hopper.

Jira Time-Tracking:

Time Tracking is composed of three fields

  • Original Estimate — the amount of time the issue was expected to take to resolve, when it was first created.
  • Remaining Estimate — the remaining amount of time the issue is currently expected to take to resolve.
  • Time Spent — the amount of time logged working on the issue so far.

Log the time you have spent, in weeks/days/hours/minutes. This time will be added to the issue’s total ‘Time Spent’. The issue’s total ‘Time Spent’ field is adjusted as per the ‘Time Spent’ entered, the issue’s ‘Remaining Estimate’ field is adjusted accordingly.
For further details, http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Logging+Work+on+an+Issue

GreenHopper Time-Tracking Fields/Charts:

The hour burndown chart provides you with the following information:

  • Burndown — The remaining hours until the version release date.
  • Guideline — The ideal burndown. It is computed with the remaining estimates not the original estimates of the issues at the start date of the version making the slope more accurate and precise.
  • Team effort — The total time worked by the team.
  • Estimation accuracy — The sum of the Team Effort and the Burndown. If you have estimated your issues accurately, this line will be flat. If you are underestimating your issues, this line will trend upwards. If you are overestimating your issues, this line will trend downwards.
  • Required Daily Burndown Rate Curve — The daily rate to required to attain your goal.
In card view, we can edit the original estimates only if we have not log any work yet. Once we have entered time spent on the issue, the original estimates field is not editable and user can only enter time spent and remaining estimates value. The remaining estimates value is auto adjusted by default with original estimates while entering time spent value.

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