You must be familiar with poker but what is planning poker? This is a type of poker estimation technique which is consensus based and is utilized in corporate offices and other places. This technique is used to estimate the effort or size of user stories that are generated by playing poker.
Is this the silent version of poker?
You may not be entirely correct but in poker estimation technique, members of a certain group make estimations based on the face down cards that they are dealt. The cards are revealed and accordingly the estimates are discussed. Planning is involved to avoid the influence of other players. A deck of cards is used to play planning poker and each estimator/player has a deck of cards.
There are several techniques used for estimation. One team member is selected as the moderator, and then he is expected to read the description of any project and based on that the estimation is made. Each estimator selects a card and that is the value of his estimate. Once all the estimators have selected their cards, the cards are then turned and revealed simultaneously.
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There are several benefits of planning poker estimation. The three prominent ones are – expert opinion, analogy and disaggregation.
This planning poker is also known as scrum poker and it combines helps in procuring those three types of benefits. Poker estimation technique was mainly exercised to make a team stronger and implement better strategies. Poker is a mind game and this game is used in various setups to propagate strategies, promote skills and more. This planning poker is yet another way in which playing cards can be used.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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