My team are not building software for external customers. We want to use Jira for internal task and progress tracking.
This means that many of our activities are not User Stories. They are Tasks.
However I would like the team to get in to the habit of estimating the effort required to perform the tasks.
Unfortunately I cannot see a way of displaying and using story points in Tasks, in the same way that they are used in Stories.
I am using Jira Cloud.
Thanks for pointing me in the general direction. However, your answer was a bit like RTFM.
The answer that I needed (now that I have worked it out) is:
I have found lots of very very hard to follow posts like yours that have really wasted a lot of my time. Yours was the best but still hard work to follow.
As a Community Champion I would suggest that start by assuming that I have already searched google, and the community boards for an answer, and instead offer specific and useful help.
As Nick mentioned in his answer, Jira has changed a few things since this was initially posted. For those who are searching for how to do this and might have stumbled across this post like I did, I figured I'd leave an updated answer for the convenience of others since this was the top result on Google when I searched. Here's how I did it in Jira Cloud as of February 2021.
You'll still have to add the field to the screens you're using and whatnot, but if you've already done that and it's not showing up because it's not applied to the specific issue type, this should fix it.
Thanks to Nick for his original answer that pointed me in the right direction. Hope this saves someone a few minutes.
You should add the story points field to the screens for the Task issue type.
You can find more info here how to add a custom field to a screen:
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