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Jeanne Boyarsky
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My team is holding it's first sprint planning meeting where we aren't all collocated tomorrow (due to snow). Does anyone ahve experience using any "virtual" planning poker cards?


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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I just tested out Pointing Poker and it seems to do everything I need.

One person starts a session and sends the others a link. The votes get revealed to everyone at the same time when the last person votes or when someone clicks "show votes."

And what's really cool is that you can set custom values. My team uses a second deck of poker cards with team member names to figure out who should do something when nobody volunteers. I could set up a "human player" deck in pointing poker if it is needed.

(there's nothing like a snowstorm to cause you to figure out how to run a distributed sprint planning meeting on very little notice!)
Graham Church
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Our team just published the poker app we made. Maybe it can be some use - PlanITpoker. We add new features to it now and again in our spare time so if you have any suggestions let us know.
Junilu Lacar
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Here's an alternative deck you can use: https://twitter.com/pawelbrodzinski/status/493730902241861633

I kind of like it and find myself leaning towards this scale more and more nowadays


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Graham Church wrote:Our team just published the poker app we made. Maybe it can be some use - PlanITpoker. We add new features to it now and again in our spare time so if you have any suggestions let us know.

I tried it out and it says "waiting for moderator". As the person who created the room, am I not the moderator?
Graham Church
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Hi Jeanne. Thanks very much for checking it out!

You need to click 'Start' to begin the game. Maybe we should change the message to 'Click Start' to begin game for moderator. Would that make it clearer?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Graham,
I actually had tried clicking Start. I just tried again and the problem was that I hadn't created a story. When my team uses the cards online, we just want to estimate without writing down what it is for so this didn't occur to me.
Graham Church
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Interesting... We built it for the way we work which is using stories and keeping the history.

I think we could maybe introduce a choice so moderator chooses whether to enter stories or not. Thanks for the idea!

If you have any other suggestions to make it useful to you, please let me know and we can add it to the backlog.
Graham Church
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Hi Jeanne

We have just released a new version that now allows you to vote without creating stories. Just create a new room and unselect 'Do you want to enter stories in this room'.

Let me know if that helps!

Kind Regards
Graham
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Graham,
Now it would work for me. (I've only used pointing poker a handful of times; most of the time I do planning poker in person. I did use it last week though on our snow day).
Guillermo Ishi
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After I realized this wasn't about developing a gambling website I had to figure out what it was about

This concept of "anchoring" seems flawed. In wikipedia under anchoring there are a couple of examples of induced bias using Gandhi's age, and the number of doctors in the phone book. It seems like anchoring would only affect non-experts, and that the estimate of a non-expert wouldn't mean much anyway. In the experiments no subjects are experts on Gandhi's age or on how many doctors are in the phone book. Their estimate shouldn't matter. On the other hand if they are an expert, anchoring would not sway them away from the right number, which they know.
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It's really to be tempted by what others on the team thing. Programming estimates are opinions whereas Gandhi's age is fact.

Also, the estimates of non-experts on the team do matter. Understanding their thought process often reveals hidden assumptions (or lack of knowledge) that when discussed makes for stronger teammates. And increases shared understanding of the work to be done.
Guillermo Ishi
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I would say Gandhi's age, and programming estimates are both arrived at by expertise. I wouldn't say one is fact and one is opinion.


 
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