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Oleksii Kovalenko
Aug 23rd, 2021

The Evolution of Planning Poker. How teams can adopt various estimation techniques?

A long time ago, Agile, Scrum, and Extreme Programming creators and supporters described numerous aspects of their frameworks in detail but didn’t give any instructions about one of the most important ceremonies: a backlog estimation. Teams knew that they have to estimate, but there were no instructions on doing it by the book. It became more clear only when Mike Cohn promoted Planning Poker. Today, I want to introduce you to a concept that some Agile Poker users call the next step in Planning Poker evolution - the Hybrid of Achyncronous and classic interactive Planning Poker. Let’s call it Hybrid Poker for the convenience of this blog post.

Oleksii Kovalenko
Aug 11th, 2021

Multi-field Estimation Now Available for Interactive and Asynchronous Sessions in Agile Poker for Jira.

Modern and commonly used prioritization techniques can surely benefit from the proper estimation of the prioritization criteria. To support such estimations and further help with prioritizing, we are introducing Multi-field Estimation in Agile Poker for Jira.

Agnieszka Józwiak
Mar 1st, 2021

User Story Mapping in Jira: Step by Step Guide

We commonly digest easily more complex ideas, concepts or processes when they are visualised or decomposed. That’s a natural brain ability. It is then easier to make sure everyone involved in the project understands it evenly. If we break down the idea into single elements or steps, we can be sure we don’t miss an important element, action or feature. This article looks closer at the concept of user story mapping, its benefits and a step by step guide to create a user story map in Jira.


Empower Your Team During Real-Time and Asynchronous Sessions Using Whiteboards & Confluence

Collaborating with your entire team is a vital part of everyday work. It helps you stay on track when it comes to delivering resolved tasks or reaching the company goals. It also allows the team to run a productive discussion, spend more time together, or get to know each other as professionals a little bit better.

Now, as the teams are still working remotely (but anything we'll discuss in this article can also be applied to hybrid or office-only teams), they may need some tools to help them get their work done. Thankfully, some apps help your teammates always stay aligned with your team's and company's goals.

In this article, we would like to introduce you to our powerful integration of the Whiteboards app and Confluence, which you can use to run any gathering with your team and manage any documentation or notes resulting from your brainstorming sessions.

What’s new in Canned Responses Pro Templates for Jira Cloud

Once an app solely for templates to help Jira agents save time, Canned Responses Pro Templates for Jira Cloud is fast evolving into a comprehensive app to promote standardization, improve business processes, and create insights for managers. It’s with this goal in mind that we’ve been busy adding new features to the app, here’s what’s new…

How Agile Poker can support business teams with their projects' estimations

Estimating issues or tasks your team should work on in the upcoming weeks is not easy. We can surely state it's even more complicated than doing the actual job. It's a matter of guessing how much time the work will take and making decisions that affect the entire team and the business itself (psst, no pressure).

If the team doesn't deliver tasks on time, it's not the case of the employees' poor work or laziness. It's rather a simple mistake made during the estimation process, perhaps lack of estimation experience, overestimating one's abilities, or the fault of unexpected problems or priorities changes. However, in the end, it's only estimating, guesstimating, and supposing, not making a blood oath.

In the following article, we will focus on the estimation methods that various business teams can use in their everyday work and also present the capabilities offered by our app, Agile Poker.

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NEW! Multi-field Estimation in Agile Poker for Jira.

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A tiny enterprise app: thank you, Google Firebase!

This article describes how Google Firebase made Agile Poker possible. The team developing the product shares knowledge about real-time events, data structure, security, and scalability along with sample code snippets.

Agile Poker (AP) is a highly scalable, enterprise-ready app used by 600+ companies with infrastructure costs below 200 USD monthly. Thanks to Google Firebase we can serve x1000 more customers with a minimal cost increase.

Performance Review: a visibility or growth instrument?

Performance Review: a visibility or growth instrument?

In this blog post, we share our approach to the performance review process at Spartez Software. It is not a comprehensive guide, but it highlights the key aspects we pay attention to. In the chapters describing process details, there is a brief summary of how performance reviews help our people grow and give managers a good overview of how we are doing as a team. I hope you can use it as inspiration to improve the performance review process in your organisation.

Agile Poker Relative Sessions Now Support Unbiased Voting

Just in time for the end of May 2021, we released several important features for Relative and Bucket Sizing sessions of Agile Poker for Cloud. Those include: unbiased voting, automatically picking up the next issue for voting, accepting team's estimates, and new issue details view. Read this blog post to find out more.

New Feature: Chat Dashboard Integration with Canned Responses

We listen to our users, hear their needs, and based on the feedback, we improve our apps to make them work better and better with every new release. We recently introduced the Canned Responses feature in the Chat for Jira Service Management based on customer feedback. It allows agents to respond to customer requests quicker as there is no need to copy and paste if there is a standardised message to send out. Agents can store greetings and closing template to handle each customer quickly and provide a faster response time.

New TFS4JIRA Cloud Native Available!

As a response to our customers' changing needs, our team was working on the SaaS version of TFS4JIRA Cloud over the past several months. We believe that Cloud is the new standard, and the market also confirms this direction. We join this path as TFS4JIRA becomes fully Cloud Native! Users no longer need to install additional software on their end. See the new Cloud Native TFS4JIRA in action!


Story Points. A Friend Or Foe?

Product backlog items' sizing became a routine for numerous agile teams. It became a new normal way-way back, and these days, it’s hard to find a developer, Product Owner, or Scrum Master who never heard about the Story Point concept. Internet is full of explanations, guidelines, step-by-step instructions, videos on how to do proper estimation using Story Points. This topic shows up in many SM/PO certifications. So, for me, it sounded like a done deal, an axiom. It inspired me to write up this blog post to structure my knowledge and, hopefully, help others and their teams with this not-so-unambiguous topic.

New TFS4JIRA Cloud Native Synchroniser is Ready for Alpha Preview

We decided to take TFS4JIRA fully cloud and make it a SaaS product. What does this exactly mean? No more, no less - we’re creating an app working in the cloud environment, without the necessity to install anything on your end. This means no need for a self-hosted server running TFS4JIRA. The new app is much faster than the old one, capable of synchronising a great number of work items several times faster than the current app does.

Creating Product Roadmap in Jira and Confluence

As a Product Owner, when you build an app or other product, you want to control the progress over time, manage expectations, and communicate the strategy and priorities accordingly to your stakeholders and keep your team informed throughout the project lifecycle. There are many handy tools and techniques to help you keep track of your planning and work that needs to be performed. Keep on reading to find out more about road maps and how to create and manage them inside your Jira and Confluence.