Do SubTask Story Points roll up to the Issue?

Is there any way to have SubTask story points roll up to the Issue? Not sure if this is possible after reading some answers on the forums but would like to double check before making my mind up.


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Why on earth would you complicate matters by having two different ways of estimating effort when a key in SCRUM is to keep things simple. The name "story points" shouldn't have to be restricted to issues of type "Story" just because the names are similar. A story is the sum of it's sub tasks and the story points of a "Story" should be the sum of its sub tasks story points.

Having story points at sub-tasks is conceptually wrong. Stories are estimated in story points for helping the overall release planning by the product owner, while the sub-tasks estimates in Efforts (remember it is recorded in Original/Remainining estimate fields) and sprint burn down drawn to see how the sprint is progressing by the team.

Thank you! That makes sense, I will pass that on to the team!

Just like story points of one's team are incomparable with story points of other team, so are the story points of tasks (and sub-tasks) with user stories.

story points of tasks are only assigned during sprint planning meeting to judge whether we can fit tasks into a sprint.

The velocity of a team is measure in product backlog's story points.

I'm sorry, but that doesn't make sense to me. Why should there be two different estimation paths?


The whole point of scrum is to not limit the team to temporal values, but rather points of complexity. Therefore, there should be enough flexibility in jira to allow for sub-tasks to story - points roll-up.

The Sprint itself is already timeboxed. So why should the scrum team need to time estimate their sub-tasks?

The burndown chart should show how many points the team has accomplished in any given Sprint, not how much time they plan to spend on a given task.

Is there anyway to add SUM function on the story level for it's sub-tasks?

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Would have been great to just get a simple yes or no. 

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Timothy Chin Community Champion May 30, 2013


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