A few questions about Story Points in Greenhopper

Which issue types support Story Points? Is it configurable? What about sub-issues? Is it possible anyhow to add sub-tasks to sprint, but not the parent issue? Is it possible to make it so that Story Points for sub-tasks add up to points in the master task?

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Richie Gee Atlassian Team May 22, 2013

Hi Piotr,

Below is the answer to your question:

By default, the Story Points field is only available to issues of type 'Story' or 'Epic' (not 'Bugs' etc)

However you can change this behavior, refer to this documentation on how to do so:

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/GH/GreenHopper+JIRA+Configuration

About adding the sub task to the sprint but not the parent:

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/GHS-6322

Our developers has already mentioned on this ticket that:

We don't intend to allow sub tasks to be planned or added to sprints separately from their parent. There is discussion around this in GHS-5797 as well as some discussion in this answers post.

The general design expects that stories will be small enough to be completed in a sprint and that tasks are the individual items that must be completed to deliver the story. If your stories cannot be completed in one sprint there are a couple of options:

  • Put the whole story in to the sprint and just complete the tasks you want to get done in that sprint, at the end of the sprint the story will return to the backlog and you can bring it in to the next sprint for the next task to be done
  • Convert the sub tasks to stories and then plan them in to sprints. You can then use issue links to keep the stories linked together. In GreenHopper 6.0.6 we will release the first cut of new support for Epics which you could use to group the stories

Thanks,
Shaun

Hope this answers :)

Hello Richie,

Thanks for all the information. Do you know the answer to my last question? Is it possible to make it so that Story Points for sub-tasks add up to points in the master task? Ideally you would have two sub-tasks 5 points each, for example, and story would then automaticlaly have 10 points.

For anyone who may come accross this thread, the solution provided below does not seem to apply to OnDemand:

However you can change this behavior, refer to this documentation on how to do so: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/GH/GreenHopper+JIRA+Configuration

Piotr, I hope answer and quotes provided by Richie are clear enough to you that:

  • You should be using an Epic + Stories instead of Story with Sub-Tasks
  • A Story should be completed within a Sprint, otherwise, you should decompose it further into more Stories (not more Sub-Tasks)

So, regarding your last question (in comment):

Is it possible to make it so that Story Points for sub-tasks add up to points in the master task?

I really encourage you to change the way you work (or in a less polite manner: can you stop doing that?)

I would also like to add that a Story is broken down into Tasks (Sub-Tasks in JIRA), 1) they are usually estimated in hours and 2) each should be completed within a day or two.

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Timothy Chin Community Champion May 23, 2013

Is it possible to make it so that Story Points for sub-tasks add up to points in the master task?

At the moment no. There are alot of reasons why. Google the threads up.

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