Our original story points field was a numeric field I had to type in. I created a new story points field and made it a drop down of the Fibonacci numbers. I then renamed the old to a new name story points (a) and named the new field to just story points. I thought I was good but now on the boards no point values will show or calculate with velocity. Is there something I am missing or do I just have to go back to my original field? 

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The boards need numeric data to work with - a select list is a set of string names (even if those strings are numbers, they're still just names for options).  You need to use a number field for this.

Perhaps you could use post-functions on relevant transitions to copy the value (convert to a number using groovy) into the original story point field.

Yes, you could, but you'd want to do it as a listener, so you can pick up edits outside the workflow.

The post function worked but I did not see where I could make it a listener. Also this only creates copies over during a single transition in the workflow. If I wanted it anytime I entered I would need the listener function.

You can't make a post-function a listener. You would need to write your own listener or use a plugin that provided the functionality directly e.g. scriptrunner could help you write the listener. 

 

See https://developer.atlassian.com/jiradev/jira-platform/guides/other/tutorial-writing-jira-event-listeners-with-the-atlassian-event-library

Thanks for the information Chris. We are using JIRA cloud so I am not sure how easy that would be for me. I will see how the post-function works for now.

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