Free Tools for Planning Poker

Posted on June 16, 2013
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In one of our previous post we have featured a free online tool for Planning Poker to Estimate in Agile. While playing poker with card is much more fun, we look at ways to make this easy by providing a web application to do the same. Here we feature some software that help you plan using poker activity and make the event fun!

1. SCRUM Planning Poker

SCRUM Planning Poker is a web application written in C#, ASP.Net 2.0 and AJAX.Net that is great for SCRUM Planning Sessions.

You can download the the software for free here.

2. Scrum Poker

Scrum poker is an application developed in C#, WPF and used to facilitate a Scrum planning session (traditionally using planning poker cards).

You can download the software here.

3. QScrumPoker

QScrumPoker is an application which helps in scrum planning. It is written in Qt/QML and is highly portable.

You can download the software for free here.

4. Scrum Poker Cards

Poker planning is a powerful tool, to make faster and more accurate estimations and most important of all, to make it fun!

You can download the software for Android here.

5. Planning Poker++

A planning poker app for Android, available free on the Android Market.

You can download the software for android here.

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Free tool for Planning Poker to Estimate in Agile

Posted on June 19, 2012
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The best way we have seen to estimate in agile is by planning poker. Planning poker combines expert opinion, analogy, and wideband Delphi into an enjoyable approach to estimating user stories or epics into a reliable estimate. Participants in planning poker include all of the developers on the team that includes developers, testers, user experience designers, architects etc. At the start of planning poker, each estimator is given a deck of cards. Each card has one of the valid estimates written on it. Each estimator for example, be will be given a deck of cards that reads 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, and 100. For each user story or theme to be estimated, a moderator reads the description. The moderator is usually the product owner or an analyst. The product owner answers any questions that the estimators have. After all questions are answered, each estimator privately selects a card representing his or her estimate. If estimates differ, the high and low estimators explain their estimates. Then steps repeat i.e the estimator do another round of estimation by privately selecting the card. This is continued until the estimates converge.

Mountain goat software has brought to you a simple and neat software that helps you do the planning poker activity and make estimation fun. Its an estimation tool that is fun to use and free. This free online tool lets distributed teams take advantage of Planning Poker, too.

Its completely free and requires only 4 fields to signup.

image Once you sign up and login, you can start the estimation exercise by Creating a new game.

image After you create a new game , you will have to first invite your estimators by sharing the URL in the side bar. In this example below, the game name is Android App.

Then you can start adding your user stories either in structures ( as shown below) or free form.

image Then your estimate and let the estimators play, estimate and plan.

image Click here for a free Sign up

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