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I am using scrum board and when I open my backlog I see story points sum for the sprint but not for the backlog.
How do I enable this feature?
As Nic mentioned, there isn't such a feature to enable. If you want for a specific reason to see all the estimation point/original estimate, then simply create a "backlog sprint" and move all issues from the backlog to that sprint. Then you will have your sum :)
Yes and no :)
I mean if you really really really really want to know the total story points of your backlog, then I would:
In that way you would only create the issue, this would automatically added to that sprint and you would have the total story points. But hey, if you don't need a workaround, then it's ok :) Your call!
There isn't a feature for this to be enabled.
What would a total sum of SP in the backlog actually tell you?
I don't think that would tell you much at all.
I mean, there's a simple binary situation here - given a velocity of X points per sprint;
The one thing that a total could tell you is for future planning, although the nature of Agile and iteration means that you cannot really plan, you certainly can't put numbers on it.
A total could give planners a very broad idea of workload - 1,000 SP in the backlog, and a velocity of 25 per sprint implies that it's going to be around 40 sprints to clear everything. Of course, more is likely to arrive, and that calculation is only of any use if you have a good estimate for every single issue in the backlog. But this is reporting on backlog, not what the backlog screens are used for.
I wanted to get this number too recently and figured out a simple manual hack to get this number. I'm using a Company Managed project in case there's some functionality that you're not seeing. Follow these steps: