How to calculate Story Pointing

Anurag Jain
Jul 22, 2020


It’s difficult to provide exact estimation i.e. how many days it will take to complete a user-story.

My learning and suggestions towards story pointing —

Define some rules for your team and stick to them

  1. less complexities … high complexities
  2. or may be min-max days is equal to X story point, for eg.
  • 2–3 days -> 5 story
  • 3–5 days -> 8 story
  • 5–8 days -> 13 story

Play Poker Planning Game with Team members to define StoryPoint for a UserStory

  1. Discuss user-story
  2. Every team member estimate from the above rule.
  3. When you open cards and find a huge difference, then re-discuss.
  4. Re estimate
  5. at last, Result will be the Story point of that UserStory.

Learn from Sprint Results

  1. Avg story point from first 4–5 sprints is equal to story point your team can deliver in a sprint . As an eg.
    Sprint1 -> 200 story point allocated -> 70 story point delivered.
    Sprint2 -> 100 story point allocated -> 60 story point delivered.
    Sprint3 -> 90 story point allocated -> 70 story point delivered.
    Sprint4 -> 70 story point allocated -> 60 story point delivered.
    Avg story point of your team is 65. So basically if you assign 65 story point’s user-stories then most probably whole sprint user-stories will be delivered .
  2. Total story points doesn’t get change overtime, though the number of user stories increases. (as the team member’s experience increases and team member start decreasing story point for a user-story.)
  3. Total story point delivered in sprint may vary on factors like holiday, leaves, resignation, new member addition etc.