Due to corona should use video conferencing tools while doing Planning Poker. Which tool can you use the best to collaboratively determine our estimates? So we are prepared for the next Sprint Planning in Scrum.

Why you should you keep doing Planning Poker?

You’d like to keep doing this, because this Refinement practice naturally raises:

1. The teams awareness what work is expected and get clarification.
2. Knowledge and tactics will be shared
3. Assumptions will become clear
4. Negotiation with the Product Owner will occur to keep it small AND valuable

Which Planning Poker tool to use online in video conferencing?

But which Planning Poker tool would you use in Zoom or Teams? I had a discussion with my Agile coach colleagues within Xebia. We agree analog cards trumps any online tool. Why?

A. First, analog cards are easily made available to anyone. So, no firewall to jump over. And no licenses needed. Just create them!

B. Secondly, if you let them create by the team, this naturally creates ownership and some will introduce some fun and/or improvement. Especially, if any team member could introduce an extra card. Examples I think of are ‘time for an energizer’ or ‘we try to estimate too soon’.

C. Most importantly, it will naturally enforces any team member to put the camera on. Raising opportunities to spot non-verbal signals of anyone. That’s great!

This together comes close to mirror the office situation. And as an advantage, the screen sharer doesn’t need to switch applications all the time.

See my deck of cards. Easily made of some thick paper and a fat black marker, for instance.

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