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Does JA round up or round down story points from Jira?

We have seen both in our instance.

What is the guidance where the teams want to use less than one story point?

2 answers

Hi @Claire_De_Cort ,

Jira Align's Story Point field (also shown as LOE or Level of Effort on various screens) assumes an INTEGER input (as of me writing this reply).

There is no rounding, therefore you get interesting results.

Teams should never use less than one story point (or decimal values) if they are agile (half points are not agile).

I recommend to all my clients putting a mask on the Jira story point field to provide a drop down of Fibonacci values (1,2,3,5,8,13) or at least setting the field to integer values.

Regards,
Peter

PS: @Tim Keyes - Any additional insights?

Tim Keyes Atlassian Team Jul 21, 2020

Hi Peter and Claire,

The connector will round the story point value as it comes in from Jira to the nearest whole number.  1.49 in Jira would become 1.0 in Jira Align and 1.51 in Jira would become 2.0 in Jira Align.

Some type of effort to create consistency between the two applications as Peter suggested is a great idea.

Jira Align will force the 0 or 1 point estimate.

Cheers!
Tim

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Hi @Tim Keyes,

I was told by Shak Align only stores integer values. So it wouldn't round to 1.0 or 2.0, it would actually round and truncate to 1 and 2, correct? The distinction is important.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Regards,
Peter

Tim Keyes Atlassian Team Jul 21, 2020

Hi Peter,

You are correct it will be stored/ reflected as "1" or "2".

Cheers!
Tim

Don Miller Atlassian Team Dec 17, 2020

Just tested this:

Jira stories with 0.5 points or fewer will appear in Jira Align with 0 LOE.

Jira stories with greater than .5 points will appear in Jira Align with 1 LOE.

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