According to Agile practice, teams should be co-located, working together face to face. In reality, however, many Agile teams are not sharing an office space, not even work in the same time zone. Some teams, due to the unplanned circumstances, are forced to turn into remote teams and adjust the way they work.
Scrum Teams follow certain rules and ceremonies. The same goes for backlog estimations to assure the equal evaluation patterns at all times. Those rules need quick and easy checkpoints to protect the effectiveness and quality of final estimates.
In this article, I would like to share a simple checklist for effective estimations that will support Scrum Masters and Product Owners who estimate together with the Development Teams. Why is this list helpful?
When you start estimating your backlog as a team you may encounter some unexpected challenges. You then think of different ways to overcome them by trying different approaches to estimating, but the reality is whatever method you use you have to make sure it serves your team, your goals, and the way you work. This is why, when choosing the right tool it has to give you the freedom and flexibility in finding your favorite way to estimate and get your backlog ready for grooming and planning.
Here, I want to bring up and describe all the estimation modes currently available in Agile Poker for Jira and highlight some advantages and recommendations for each of them to help you identify and introduce the right method for your team.
I hope all of you are doing well, and you are healthy in these uncertain times. Scrum Masters, Project and Program managers, Agile trainers & Coaches, Agile enablers, and everyone else related to Agile - stay strong, we would overcome any complications which we currently face on our path.
I was even comparing Agile folks to Preppers because this is in essence what Agile is: “The ability to create and respond to change. It is a way of dealing with, and ultimately succeeding in, an uncertain and turbulent environment.”
Though I am not going to bother you with philosophical discussions, because your time costs money, and time is the only resource you could not replenish. So what is my goal here? I would be very open - I want to advertise our product - Agile Poker for Jira-planning&estimation.
Agile Poker for Jira is a well-known tool for quick and convenient estimations. It was inspired by three industry-standard estimation methodologies: Planning Poker®, Wideband Delphi and Magic Estimation (also known as Silent Grouping, Affinity Estimation, Swimlanes Sizing or Relative Estimations). The product provides three types of estimation sessions: relative session, standard/interactive session and asynchronous session.
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.
In the dawn of the COVID-19 outbreak that is circling around the world, many companies and businesses have been affected. While many companies are fairly established with remote work policies and practices it does not mean that it is easy for employees to enable themselves to work from home.
For quite a while I observe how borders or distance become smaller and smaller obstacles to get your dream job. More and more people are working remotely, teams become more and more distributed, and more technology companies adopt distributed teams approach in their business processes.