FAQ

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCRUM POKER

What is Scrum Poker?

It is easier than you think. Scrum poker is an estimation game to help agile teams to estimate effort, vote on stories, tasks, projects, and measure happiness remotely. The original game begins with the introduction and discussion of an agile user story or feature. When the subject has been thoroughly examined, each player/estimator privately selects one card to represent the conclusion they have arrived at. All cards are then revealed at once. We use a standard sequence to estimate 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100, BREAK, QUESTION cards. The values represent the number of story points or other values the team has agreed to estimate.

If all players selected the same or quite close value, that becomes the estimate. If not, the high and low estimators share their thoughts in detail. After discussion, each player selects a new card, and all cards are again revealed at the same time. The process is repeated until unity is reached. 

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When should we engage in Scrum Poker?

We play Scrum Poker after the “THE PLANNING”; after the product backlog is written or there is a new task/story that has been identified during the project.  We use the Scrumpanion app to measure happiness mainly after the daily standup/developer dailys as the whole team is together.

As they say : “EAT, SLEEP, POKER, REWIND


 

 

How does the Scumpanion app help your remote team?

The Scrum Poker app is a digital solution for making a group of globally distributed Developers, Scrum Masters, Stakeholders, and Product Owners, into a strong, motivated team who all pull together. 

It is fast and straightforward. In a single round, your team will be able to estimate the effort and complexity of a task or project; measure happiness. Aid Scrum workflow instantly. No matter where your team is based,  or what device they are working on, reach each other via smartphone, tablet, and online, so no one is left out.

What are the advantages for agile Scrum management?

Smart and easy: made for our number one customer! YOU! That’s not just a catchy phrase we’ve thought up. You are number ONE for us! Be a Developer, Product Owner, Scrum Master or Agile Coach, Manager, Team Member – we want to make your life more comfortable with a lightweight, easy-to-use tool for maximum results.

What are the Scrum Poker agile management features of the app?
  • Keep feedback loops small
  • Increase productivity
  • React to new requirements adaptively
  • Enable transparent communication 
  • Optimize workflow in distributed teams
  • Build an intrinsically motivated, reliable team through transparency 
  • The app is a secure tool that handles personal data sensitively
How does the app work?

The app uses digital estimation cards and follows a simple but effective system:

  • Open the app to choose an avatar and nickname.
  • Enter your Team Space. Invite your team by clicking on the invite button and sharing the invite link on any communication channel. 
  • Choose the type of your estimation:

Estimate Story Points – Scrum Planning Poker

Create Transparent Decision Processes with Delegation Poker

Measure Your Team Happiness

  • The chosen card set is green.
  • Preferably the Scrum Master/Delegator starts the estimation. Anyone has the right.
  • Team members vote by double-clicking on a card of choice or by choosing a number on the online platform. 
  • When everyone has finished voting, indicated by the green dots forming a circle in the bottom of the mobile app, the Scrum Master closes the voting.
  •  Only then will the online Scrum board show an overall figure for how the Scrum members have ranked their estimations. 
  • Click on the segments of the pie chart to see the results and start discussing the results.
Can I use Scrum Poker online?

Yes, with our webclient you can easily join an estimation your colleague is directing. Please be advised that the web client is not capable of directing an estimation as a scrum master you certainly can just click on the invitation link and join your team estimation form your PC or Mac.

 

 

 

Can I measure Happiness with Scrum Poker?

Yes, you can just download the Scrumpanion app and change the card layouts and double tap on the cards. We use the happiness index after every meeting. This helps to keep a positive attitude, rubs off on your colleagues, and creates a wonderfully productive workplace atmosphere.

Can I estimate effort in days with Scrum Poker?

Yes, you can just download the Scrumpanion app and change the card options and double tap on the cards to estimate. We perfected this deck for the request of our biggest Bavarian enterprise partner.

How does planning poker work with a distributed team?

EASY. Go to http://www.scrumpanion.com and download the app for FREE. Invite your team into your team space and start your session. We recommend a Product owner, ScrumMaster or Agile coach to prepare the team space for the estimation. You do not need any other communication channel to carry out a session. 

The Scrum Poker app is a digital solution for making a group of globally distributed Developers, Scrum Masters, Stakeholders, and Product Owners, into a strong, motivated team who all pull together.

Does the Scrumpanion App have positive results on performance?

YES! We dreamt, developed, and  perfected this product with our remote team reaching from Ecuador to India and using it every day as one of our primary and favorite tools. Scrum Poker leads to better estimates, brings expert opinions closer, and helps to share knowledge for better decisions. We are miles away but still can increase accuracy on items with a lot of uncertainty and involve cross-functional team members, which accelerates not only our software projects but also the whole company’s productivity.
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Hi there!

Here are 6 recommendations to improve

your team with Scrumpanion.

Be Agile. Be quick.

Estimate as quickly as possible the Scrumpanion app will help you to make the estimation quick and sharp so the whole process is flawless with instant results. We keep a 30 sec 1 min window for those with the highest and lowest score to tell their opinions before the final vote that settles the result. Discussions can go up to 5 minutes at a maximum at a time.

Let your team be heard.

Scrum Poker helps team members to reach a consensus on even the hardest questions of the project. Team members work together and discuss project-specific important matters early in the project. We find that every member takes part in the discussion, and creative ideas thrive.

You, who vote.

Make sure that the members who are voting are actively involved in the project. We find it the most accurate if only the members working on a particular task vote and discuss. They have the most knowledge about the requirements to be fulfilled.

One+One, above all

We always have someone as a moderator and one person who is administrating in JIRA. Moderator makes sure that the time frames are not stepped over and the administrator manages tasks. Turns are constantly taken so everyone in the team is a moderator or administrator from time to time. If no one wants to take the role we draw someone or make rounds by alphabetical order, or age.

Take a step back. 

Sometimes to have a resolution, you have to step back and have fresh eyes on the subject. If the team is too involved, we make sure to have a break. As we are a remote team, we use these breaks to have a virtual Fika with coffee and small talk.

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We at Scrumpanion know from firsthand how hard it is to work remotely and stay productive. With this promotion, we would like to help teams who intend to continue agile working in home office. This is why we have a special offer for you and your scrum team:

🎉3 months of PRO PLUS license🎉 including every premium features now for free!

Stay connected to your remote team and be an agile hero with Scrumpanion!

Be an agile hero at home!🦸🏻

Get your PRO PLUS premium license for FREE!
FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY!