can anyone help me with a JQL to filter all jira issues in my project that have acceptance criteria less than 20 characters

  • I think your agile is really broken if you need to do something like this.
    – kriscorbus
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 11:12
  • This isn't really the right sub for this, it seems more of a technical issues with JIRA and contacting their support or other technology avenues would be more beneficial. Specifically as it related to this community, talk to why you are interested in doing this, what are you trying to do? Commented May 31, 2019 at 14:15

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Jira does not offer any native character count function. A few alternatives:

  • Export to CSV and filter the data in Excel
  • Use Jira API
  • Use ScriptRunner, as you can see here: issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("project = FOO", "description", "^.{0,10}$")

Now, more on the PM context: People using such small acceptance criteria are either very seasoned or very junior. Understand what's your case. Short acceptance criteria is a sympton, not a sickness. I'd avoid monitoring such criteria. Understand why such cases exist and deal with them. Do not consider any of the above approaches as something sustainable in the long run.

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