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What’s New in Agile Poker for Jira Cloud: Bucket Sizing estimation, Cards Voting, and More

Oleksii Kovalenko
Oleksii Kovalenko
Mar 26th, 2020

First quarter of 2020 was filled with updates in Agile Poker for Jira Cloud. They allow your team to have an even better experience with estimations. Here’s what we have for you:

  • Relative Session improvements, including Bucket Sizing estimation and convenient issue detail panel;
  • Standard Session improvement, including Cards voting and Observer role;
  • Standard Async Session improvements, including new session sharing option and Skip voting option;
  • General updates

What exactly do these things mean? Read on to find out!

What is Agile Poker all about?

Not super familiar with Agile Poker for Jira Cloud? It’s a highly customizable tool that allows your team to make estimations the way you like it:

  • estimating individually or together as one group;
  • simultaneously with the whole team or personally when each member is comfortable;
  • by moving cards around the board or voting for estimates straight from backlog view;
  • using only relative weight or estimating with standard values in mind;
  • and many more!

It is inspired by three industry-standard estimation methodologies: Planning Poker®, Wideband Delphi, and Magic Estimation.

Agile Poker has three estimation sessions that vary depending on your team’s availability.

  1. Relative Session that is based on Magic Estimation Game. It’s perfect for making quick and pretty rough estimations of many issues, as well as a small number of issues with detailed discussion.
  2. Standard Session. This one is based on Planning Poker® and works best if your team is located within the same time zone. This is important since the sessions are interactive and require attention. Team members can all participate and discuss the estimations. What’s convenient here, is that it doesn’t matter, whether a team is remote or gathering in one place.
  3. Standard Asynchronous Session based on Wideband Delphi. It can be used by teams that want to estimate asynchronously. It’s efficient and results in consultation based estimations.

So what’s new in Agile Poker?

Let’s take a closer look at some of the latest releases for Agile Poker.

General Updates

First of all, we have updated the issue details panel, adding assignee picker and improving editing capabilities. Secondly, now all the filters that help with defining estimation scope save its’ conditions for the next sessions.

Sounds minor? Maybe. But check below!

Relative Estimation updates

The long-awaited feature is here - issue details panel. If you need to see issue details during your relative session, you can simply click on the issue card. This way you’ll be able to check or update descriptions, comments, sub-tasks - and no more new tabs!. All available in the right-hand side panel.

Another useful change is Bucket Sizing estimation support in Relative Session. Now, if you like the Relative Estimation approach of moving cards and comparing multiple issues at the same time, but want to have a standard number of labeled columns, that’s your choice.

Bucket Sizing is missing complete relatives of the Classic Relative Estimation, but it’s fast and might be really handy for teams highly experienced in estimation.

You can now easily get rid of issues from Relative Estimations. If you are not ready to estimate or see a duplicate, remove these issues in seconds.

And don’t be afraid to lose your progress! In case of present unsaved changes, Agile Poker will ask for confirmation before leaving the session, so you’re absolutely safe.

New feedback form that’s integrated into Jira – communicate with us easily and quickly, no more “mail:to”.

By the way, the final estimation window has also changed, so no more annoying feedback requests, only helpful information. Would you like to see other information here? Just let us know here.

Standard Session updates

Easy switch between cards and dropdown. The latest release included adding buttons with estimation values so that your voting is super fast and convenient. Your team’s estimation efforts are now reduced to one click. Switch between dropdown and buttons by clicking the list/buttons icon. Test, which option works best for you.

Remember, triangulation and reference issues are only available for the dropdown view.

Observer role in Standard session. From now on, standard sessions allow an observer role. If a person wants to participate in an estimation session, but should not vote, add them as an Observer. Observers, such as Scrum Masters, don’t affect the estimation but can easily join the conversation and answer any questions.

Another way to make use of the Observer role is to switch to this mode when you need to leave the session for a while. Thanks to this, the session will continue without any breaks.

Templates for Estimation Values. A new template selector for estimation values allows you to switch between the most common sets. All in the form of a dropdown menu. Choose the set that works best for your team: Standard Fibonacci, Modified Fibonacci, T-Shirt Size, SML, or a custom one.

We hope teams that are new to estimation will be able to choose what suits them best. If we missed an important card set, please let us know through our Support Team.

Triangulation priority improvement. Triangulation suggestions have never been so good: we sure that now the most appropriate issues are referred. We pick the reference issues based on the mix of Jira project, issue type, finish date, components and labels of the issue under estimation.

That’s it for Standard Session. Note that all the above are also valid for Standard Async session.

But there’s more.

Standard Async Session updates

In case some issues are beyond your scope, there is a convenient option to Skip Personal Voting for the issue. In this case, overall progress will be not affected by your vote or its absence.

Also, now you can share Async Session links with your team members apart from the standard email option.

Over to you

Curious about trying out Agile Poker for Jira Cloud and the latest updates?

Great news! After hearing our clients’ feedback, we have reduced prices for the Cloud version. Read more on what has changed and choose the most suitable plan.

Agile Poker for Jira will help you optimize your work and save hundreds of precious working hours. Are you ready to put it into play? Go to the Atlassian marketplace today and try Agile Poker for Jira for your team.