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Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams?

Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams? This is the wrong question to ask. Planning poker is a tool. Asking if planning poker is bad for software development teams is like asking if a ...
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Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams?

Planning Poker isn't the only way to estimate and lots of teams get on well with other methods. More experienced teams may find they can reach a consensus estimate via a quick conversation instead. ...
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Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams?

We estimate as a team and then take the average Good grief, don't take the average! That's not how planning poker is played. Here's how I teach my teams: start with a brief discussion of the work ...
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How does Planning Poker work in a cross-functional team?

The power of planning poker lays in its consensus-based collaborative approach. You don't simply estimate the size of something, you have a discussion during which each member contributes to the ...
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

This is a concern I've heard multiple times and the trouble with it is that if it takes a long time, it needs to take a long time. What I mean by that is that the goal of estimation is less about the ...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Here are some problems as I see them: Natural language barrier Disagreement over appropriate slicing of work Disagreement or ambiguity over the desired outcome of "backlog grooming" It sounds like ...
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Do we need to update time estimates when we estimate based on story points?

Do we need to update original/remaining time estimates when we estimate based on the story points? I'd say no. Filling time information will result in people looking at different metrics. It will ...
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Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams?

It's no bad, and neither is stress, but since you're asking the question, it may be the source of a larger issue. I've been on teams where I've liked planning poker and teams where I've loathed ...
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

Different teams have different approaches to estimating. Some teams I have worked with like to do all of their estimating in sprint planning and as a result it often takes several hours. Other teams ...
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Planning Poker Reluctance

People tend to focus on improving estimates, when in fact you should be focusing on delivering value as quickly as possible. If, as you say, 40% of a given cycle is issues and the other 60% are ...
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How does Planning Poker work in a cross-functional team?

"As a front-end developer this looks quite simple, maybe just a 2 pointer." "Hmmm, the back-end is going to be tricky, more like 5 points." "Testing this won't be easy either.&...
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Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams?

As @NKCampbell points out in a comment, normally a planning poker deck doesn't include a 4. This is not a bug but a feature (no pun intended): the idea is that as complexity increases, the associated ...
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Is Planning Poker Bad for Software Development Teams?

How can we address this situation? This depends on whether your project manager is willing to adjust his approach to planning poker or not. But she needs to understand that her approach is not just ...
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Do we need to update time estimates when we estimate based on story points?

Do we need to update original/remaining time estimates when we estimate based on the story points? In case if you don't use time estimates, why do you need to update these fields? Just don't use them....
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

TL;DR; It sounds like the value that is supposed to be gotten from Sprint Planning is being lost. Its part of the empirical process and provides inspection and adaption: You should be inspecting the ...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

TLDR: Talk to the Team. Keep in mind the four core principles of the Agile Manifesto, particularly the very first one: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Of the four principles,...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Sounds like you are moving away from agile. Because the team isn't following your process expectations, you are proposing reducing their role to that of ratifier. That will undercut their engagement....
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Planning Poker with differents roles in video game Studio

You estimate as a team and each team member estimates based on the whole piece of work, not just their involvement in it. A planning poker conversation could go something like this: Scrum Master: &...
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How does Planning Poker work in a cross-functional team?

Most people on a team have experience of more than one technology and have worked before on multi-disciplinary teams where they can see how things fit together. I know more Java and Python than C++ ...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Some say that Agile doesn't work without team being in one place, I'd say in order for Agile to work there should be a good process established. Keep in mind that Agile is unique to most of the teams, ...
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

I tried once printing out all the items to be estimated, dealing them out so everyone had an equal number, and spending 5-10 min during which people silently placed their cards in XS/S/M/L/XL columns ...
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

TL;DR- I use an exercise that can estimate 50 stories in less than 30 minutes. You can read the blog on how to play the game or you can download my training module for how to team it here. I dislike ...
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