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Online Planning Poker™ for Remote Teams

Estimation That Sets Remote Teams Up for Success

Sync issues from your backlog management tool and collaborate on estimation with a fun digital deck

Bring Planning Poker™️ to Life Remotely

Decide which issues to estimate

Select which stories from your backlog you want to estimate: 

  • Search for stories or issues from Jira, Github, or both 
  • Pick issues to estimate 
  • Pull in key details, like title and description automatically

Collaborate without anchoring each other

No more scrambling to get everyone looking at the right thing, struggling to count votes, or worrying about keeping estimation fair. Sprint Poker puts everyone  on an equal footing from the start. 

  • Team members look at the same user story in real-time, and has the same cards to choose from, no matter if you’re the product owner, developer or scrum master.
  • See who has voted, but not what they voted to prevent participants anchoring each other
  • Select a Question card if you don’t have enough information, or chose to Pass on estimating
  • Reveal estimates once everyone has voted

Decide the final estimate together

See the overall distribution of votes, the most common estimate, and how each person voted.

  • Use the built-in discussion threads to add comments, make note of important details or ask a question without interrupting the conversation. If you’re working in a distributed team, you can discuss each estimate asynchronously.
  • React with emoji to important comments or suggestions you like.
  • Revise your initial estimate in a matter of seconds by choosing a different card.
  • Revote if you can’t reach a decision

When you’re all set, just select the final estimate and it’s ready to be taken forward for sprint planning or added directly to the sprint backlog.

Save Time By Connecting to Jira or GitHub – for Free!

All features available on the free plan, including integrations.

No more copying and pasting story details from your backlog into your scrum poker estimation session or managing multiple windows. Keep all your work in sync and stress-free, with fewer errors and a more organized backlog.

  • Search and select  issues using Jira Query Language (JQL) or GitHub syntax 
  • See the Jira or GitHub title and description in Parabol as you estimate 
  • Estimates automatically sync back to the backlog tool they were pulled from 
  • Customize where the estimate lives by choosing the field in Jira or comment or label in GitHub 

Create new issues during your estimation meeting and send them directly to your backlog

Expand & Customize Your Agile Planning Meeting 

Choose estimation techniques that work for you

Different agile estimation techniques suit different types of planning meetings.

Benefit from a built-in library of estimation approaches:

  • Use one of three default scales for estimating Story Points: Fibonacci sequence, 5 fingers and t-shirt sizes. All include a Question card and a Pass card.
  • Create a custom estimation scale: Use letters, numbers or even emoji to make a scale that works for you. Even set custom colors, if you like.
  • Create a custom format with multiple dimensions: Want to estimate both Value and Effort for Weighted Shortest Job First? Not a problem. You can create formats with multiple dimensions.

Share custom agile estimation techniques across your organization, to get everyone using the same custom scale. Or share them with the public, to inspire other agile software development teams around the world.

Include Your Whole Team with Remote-First Features 

Get your team talking with an optional icebreaker

Start your meeting on the right foot with a built-in icebreaker. Try a randomly selected question, refresh if you want another option, or fill in your own.

Stay in sync with an automatic meeting summary

Save time writing and sending meeting notes. Get an automated summary of your meeting when it’s over, including each story, the final estimate for that story, the total story points estimated and the team’s velocity (for context). Your whole Planning Poker session is documented, with no additional work.

Share the summary, or export your learnings as a CSV to analyze trends.

Since you won’t need  a note-taker, everyone can contribute with their full brain power.

Estimation That Sets Remote Teams Up for Success

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Agile Estimation for the Remote Age

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