Is it possible to configure the default Story Points field to be a Drop Down List?

I wish to use a list of pre-determined Story Point values (1,3,5,8,13,20,40,100) as a Drop Down Field when creating a new Issue. I have already got the Story Point field configured to show on all Issue Types and screens, but I would like to go one step further and make this a drop down list so the team all put in the same standard numbers when estimating Story Points. 

I know I can add a Custom Field Type in Administration - Fields - Custom Fields - Add Custom Field - Select Field Type, however, I presume that doing so would defeat the purpose of using Story Points as these feed through as a default field / scheme etc which are then used in reports.

Many Thanks, 




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You could create a custom field and copy the selection to the story points field with scriptrunner plugin.

To explain that, the field is a number field.  If you replaced it with a select list, the estimates wouldn't work because they need a number.  So Dave is suggesting "enter data in one field and have it calculate a number for Software to use as the estimate"

Hello - I am trying to do this same thing, but was hoping to find greater detail in how to accomplish it?  I am very new to JIRA, but we are trying to implement a drop-down with (1,2,3,5,8,21,34,55,89,144) fibonacci sequence.  

You add the select-list with your numbers as normal, putting it on the create, edit and transition screens, but you do not add it to view.

Then you need to choose between

1.  Writing a numeric "scripted field" which will read the value from the select list, convert the label into a number and display that

2.  Writing a "listener" that will pick up every change event on issues, read the select list value, convert it to a number and put it in a standard numeric custom field.  The target field should only be put on "view" screens to avoid users amending it.

(p.s. well, an almost-Fibonacci...)

thank you we will work on this and let you know how we come out.  thank you for your prompt response!

I forgot, I should have said I'd prefer the "scripted field" route, but I have not tested it, and I am not 100% sure that the boards will be able to use that as an estimation statistic. 

That's why I mentioned the listener - because I know the boards will be able to use a numeric field.


Could we think about making this a standard feature?

Fibonnaci numbers are now a kind of standard that is used in estimation process.

Could we add a feature like "Estimate in Fibonnaci numbers" that will allow this setting out-of-the-box and make this conversion to int value?


This would be a good enhancement to JIRA features.

I doubt that will ever happen.  Much as you say a Fibonnaci sequence is "standard", it really really is not, and will not suit a large number of users.

You should emulate it with the scripted tricks given above.

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@Nic Brough [Adaptavist]


could you please tell me it's possible or not  ?? if we use custom  drop down as a story point  is not visible in board. 

we need to show it in board.Please give me your suggestion for this issue

Please read the comment above about the listener.

Ben were you able to accomplish this?  I would love to know what steps are needed.

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