Working with Hierarchy Fields

Hierarchy for Jira embeds a range of useful progress-summary details within each Jira issue that anyone can access, even without opening the Hierarchy for Jira app.

To view the progress info, click Progress Summary on any Jira issue.

The Progress Summary panel displays all of the relevant progress detail.

Progress Summary Fields

Field name


Story points total

Story points of a single issue, or the sum total of story points from children issues.

Story points completed

The number of story points completed.

Current estimate totalThe total time spent plus the time remaining on an issue.

Time spent total

Total time spent on an issue.

Time remaining total

Time remaining to complete an issue, calculated as the current estimate* minus time spent.

Original estimate total

The total amount of time originally estimated to complete an issue.

Story point progress (%)

The percentage of completion of story points based on the current story points estimate.

Current estimate progress (%)The progress of completion based on the current estimate value.

Time progress (%)

The progress completion percentage for an issue. This corresponds to the progress (time spent) / current estimate* (time remaining) on the issue.

*Current Estimate represents the actual time remaining to complete an issue and is independent of the Original Estimate value. Once work on an issue has started, the Current Estimate is the more useful tracking device. Original Estimates, while educated guesses, are made prior to sprint work beginning to help with sprint planning. But as actual work on an issue unfolds during a sprint, a more accurate estimate about the remaining effort becomes more clear, and that information is reflected in the Current Estimate values.

Units of Time

There are four units of time used within the Hierarchy for Jira fields:

  • w - weeks
  • d - days
  • h - hours
  • m - minutes

Here's an example of the Hierarchy fields in action:

Estimation options: Roll-up versus Sum-up

Hierarchy for Jira offers you two ways to view the estimation details for your project: the Roll-up view and the Sum-up view

To illustrate the differences between these two options, see the following examples:

  • Roll-up values
    If a parent issue has no story-point value assigned, Hierarchy for Jira totals the story points from all of the child issues directly below it and adds that total number of story points to the parent issue. If a parent issue has an assigned story-point value, Hierarchy for Jira takes no action.

  • Sum-up values
    The story-point sum for parent and child issues, which appears on the parent issue.

The impact of filters

Roll-up and Sum-up values, for both story-point and time estimates, are calculated based on view parameters. If a filter is applied to hide issues, those filtered/hidden issues are not included in Roll- or Sum-up values.

Change the default viewing values for Hierarchy fields

From the table view, click the Settings cog. 

The options for aggregate and estimate types appear on the Settings modal. Simply select your preferences, then close the modal.

Viewing an issue's Sum-up total

Sum-up totals for Hierarchy fields are easy to view on any Jira issue. By default, Roll-up values are shown, but Sum-up details are just a click away.

  1. Open a Jira issue.
  2. Click Click for Sum-up details in the Details panel on the right side of the issue modal.

    The Progress Summary view appears.

  3. Click Show sum-up total to toggle on the option.

    The field values update to display the sums of parent and children items.