Planning Poker is a gamified technique that development teams use to guess the effort of project management tasks. These estimations are based on the entire group’s input and consensus, making them more engaging and accurate than other methods. To help gauge the number of story points for the relevant tasks, teams use planning poker cards, which are similar to poker cards.
Poker mode overview
Poker game mode of Magic Estimations has been inspired by the Planning Poker framework, but not quite the same. Our solution inherits the gamified consensus-based core of the card game, but we use lanes (columns) of the collaborative estimation board instead of cards.
Every participant can select the lane where he thinks the issue should be placed. When all the participants are ready, the personal votes are revealed and the team can start the discussion, trying to reach the consensus and place the issue on the board.
Such an approach allows participants to compare the user story to all others that have already been placed on the board making it easier to make a call.
Voting is ON Votes are enabled for everybody, all the other actions (apart from issue details or mark-up) are disabled till the voting is done.
The game moderator can start voting by dragging any card from the backlog or the board to the drop area located at the top left corner. Other participants can see this control only when there is an issue in the voting area:
Submitting personal votes
When voting is on, every active participant has Vote for lane buttons inside each lane configured for this game:
Clicking on such buttons will lead to selecting the lane as your vote and triggering the Voting progress tracker in the Voting area. Participants' votes will remain hidden till revealed. Personal votes can be updated before the revealing.
Game moderator can reveal personal votes manually by clicking on the Reveal option (eye icon in the Voting area) or the votes will be revealed automatically upon reaching 100% progress (everybody has voted) if the Auto reveal control is enabled.
In case the Voting timeout (timer)configuration is enabled, the countdown will start automatically when a new issue appears in the voting area. When the countdown stops, voting results are revealed automatically:
Once all votes are revealed, the participants will see voting results. The moderator can Restart voting after a discussion if there is no consensus or finalize the place of the current issue on the board by using one of the Accept buttons inside the lanes or by dragging:
When voting for an issue is over, the next backlog item is picked up for voting automatically if the Auto pickup control is enabled.
In case the Allow players to update votes after revealing results configuration is enabled, all the participants can change their vote during the discussion. The session moderator can’t change their vote.
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