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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.


[Success Story] How Mi9 Retail Moved Their PI Planning to the Remote Setup With Whiteboards for Jira

Due to the pandemic, there has been a massive shift to work from home. According to Gartner, 88% of organizations have encouraged or required their employees to work from home. While companies moved to remote work, they had to continue carrying out their regular activities, like project planning, retrospectives, brainstorming sessions, etc. In order to do so, they needed a convenient way to collaborate online and stay aligned across every sprint planning meeting or simply brainstorm the next big idea.

Two Spartez companies focusing on different businesses - one of them has been just acquired.

On 27th of October Spartez R&D sp. z o.o. was acquired by Atlassian. Over the course of many years Spartez R&D Sp. z o.o. has become a trusted and indispensable business partner to Atlassian, playing an important role in the evolution of Atlassian’s on-premise and cloud offerings. The acquisition was a natural decision for both parties, securing a great future for both of them.

How to Use the New Whiteboards Features and Brainstorm in Jira

Project management is a busy job. As a project manager, you have a lot on your plate. You have multiple projects and tasks to track, timelines to manage, and team members and stakeholders to think about. That’s just the day-to-day. There are also high-level tasks, such as developing processes, monitoring business goals, and problem-solving.

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

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Project Visualization in Jira: The Tools and Techniques You Need for Success

Jira’s a great tool to help you manage projects. But it’s not without some drawbacks, especially if you want to gain insights over your project’s health, Jira lacks a big picture view. As a project manager, you need a more effective way to monitor the team’s progress, instead of going through each and every issue. While the roadmap feature provides a good overview of your product milestones, it’s only limited to Jira Cloud. For more effective project visualization, you can extend Jira capabilities with tools like custom charts, timelines, and even mind maps.

New Relative Session with the Multiplayer Mode

Introducing New Relative Mode in Agile Poker- Estimate Together With Your Team Remotely

We didn’t slow down during the summer, but instead are working on full pace to deliver some great additions to Agile Poker for Jira Cloud. All these to help you run backlog estimations with your remote team simultaneously and have an even better experience with estimations.

TFS4JIRA Now Available for Next-gen Projects

If you have already used Jira next-gen projects in your company, you can now significantly refine your project synchronization, migration, and integration. And if you are a small or medium business player who is still looking to optimize your project management, turn on your improvement radar right now. We are happy to inform you that from now on, TFS4JIRA is available for next-gen projects.

Thoughts on the future of Java

What does the future hold for Java? What direction should the language develop in to avoid falling into oblivion? Is there something that will guarantee its continuous popularity? We asked 11 Spartez engineers to share their thoughts on this topic, here's what they said.

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!


Introducing Whiteboards For Jira To Enhance Online Collaboration For Your Remote Team.

Have you recently moved to fully remote work due to the pandemic? Well, we are on the same boat then, and just as many teams we too are missing our whiteboard discussions, brainstorms, and creative vibes. We are no longer able to use Agile Cards for Jira, our shared physical boards with stickers, do the drawings, and all in-the-office perks. And since we love to collaborate, as we believe that way we can create value for our customers we were in the hunt for a solution that will support us in daily collaboration. We ended up coming up with the solution and help remote teams to restore their productivity in a remote work environment. Whiteboards for Jira app is an answer to this problem as it adds a virtual whiteboard functionality to Jira Cloud.

Effective Backlog Estimations With Your Distributed Team

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.

[Free Download] Agile Estimations Checklist For Scrum Teams

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?