I saw a blog post shared this week by @dar_dar called Why I Hate Story Points. I get why people hate story points (particularly when they’re used for the wrong reasons). Darryn mentions one of those reasons in his post
What usually happens is they are used to determine a team’s velocity.
A sprint goal suddenly becomes lets get 20 story points done this sprint, not let’s deliver stories that have business value.
I see some comparisons between it and the discussion in Estimating effort on a story. It seems to come back to “Why are you estimating?” or “What are you using story points for?”. Depending on the answers to this, do you really want to spend so much time on estimating the effort? As mentioned in the blog
Adding up the amount of time spent guessing these numbers will show you how much time we are wasting on this exercise.
Maybe in your situation, spending time guessing these numbers is worth it. Do you consider it guessing or are your team fairly accurate when estimating?
Have you tried the method Darryn suggests? Has it worked? Do you agree with the method he’s used?