What is a story point?

A story point is a measure of effort that expresses the relative difficulty of implementing a user story. You can use story points, also referred to simply as "points", to help estimate how much work can be done in a sprint.

Story points are useful for relative measurement. A story point has no specific value in hours, or lines of code, or anything else. When you are estimating work, use story points only to compare one piece of work with another.

When you record a value in the POINTS field of an artifact, that value is added to the total points (story points) in the planning folder that the artifact belongs to. You can then use that figure to support forecasting.

In the parent artifact, you can view the total of story points assigned to each of its children. The calculator icon indicates that the artifact’s points is a sum of its child artifacts’ points within the project. If the parent artifact has children in other projects across the TeamForge, you can include those points in the total as well. The icon, indicates that the artifact’s points include its foreign child artifacts’ points.
Note: The Tracker Admin needs to set the tracker to include foreign children in points calculations.