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.
I completely understand this requirement of having a drop down/select list, since any Burndown Chart and Velocity calculation is useless as long as anyone can enter any value. This is why we created the brand new App "StoryPoints" for Jira Server.
It is dedicated to Fibonacci Estimation but supports any Selection Options via easy administration.
For details see here.
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"
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...)
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.
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