Working with Hierarchy Fields

Hierarchy for Jira allows you to create and add numerical fields to your Jira issues and JQL searches.

You have access to the following numerical fields, which can be configured to display on each issue:

Field name


Story Point Total

Story point total of an issue

Story Points Completed

Number of story points completed in an issue

Story Point Progress (%)

The story point percentage of completion of an issue

Time Spent Total (hrs)

Total time spent on the issue (in hours)

Time Remaining Total (hrs)

Total current estimate of issue. This corresponds to the total time spent + time remaining on the issue

Original Estimate Total (hrs)

Total number of hours originally estimated for an issue

Time Progress (%)

Time % progress of issue. This corresponds to the time spent / current estimate on the issue

Did you know that all of these fields are useable in JQL queries?! Well, they are! 🥳

For example, to find every issue with more than 40 story points completed, you could create a filter using the expression “Story Points Completed” > 40.

Add Hierarchy fields to issues in a project

All of these fields can also be added to issues, though the type of project you are using affects how you add them to your issues.

Displaying fields for team-managed projects

  1. Navigate to Project Settings > Apps > App Fields.

  2. Click to toggle on the Hierarchy for Jira option.

Displaying fields for company-managed projects

  1. From the issue view, click Configure.

  2. Click on the link to edit your issue screen.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and add the fields you want (i.e., Story Point Total, Story Points Completed, etc.) to your screen.

  4. Return to the Issue Layout page.

  5. Move the fields you added to where you want to see them on the issue.

  6. When you're satisfied, click Save Changes. 
    The changes you made to fields are now reflected in issues.