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Estimation that sets remote teams up for success

Try Sprint Poker – a lightweight Planning Poker️™️ estimation tool that's open source and integrates with Jira. It's free for up to two teams.

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Sprint Poker: planning poker for remote teams

Bring Planning Poker™️ to Life Remotely

Parabol brings planning poker to remote teams

Put remote team members on equal footing

Come together in a virtual meeting space

Parabol brings your Planning Poker cards into a virtual meeting space. Each participant sees the issue being estimated and has a tidy card deck to select from. Everyone looks 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.

No more scrambling to get everyone looking at the right thing, struggling to count in-person and remote votes or worrying about keeping it fair – everyone is on an equal footing from the start.

With Parabol's Slack integration, scrum team members are even alerted when the meeting starts.

Sprint Poker offers a new kind of agile planning and backlog refinement meeting for remote teams.

Sprint Poker estimations bring the team together

Collaborate on agile estimation, without anchoring each other 

See the title and description of each story as you estimate, and pick your story points estimate from a familiar card deck, including a Question and Pass card.

Sprint Poker users can see who has voted, but you can't see what poker card they have chosen. Hidden estimation prevents agile team members from anchoring each other. When everyone's made their effort estimation, the cards are revealed.

Sprint Poker helps your team arrive at better and more informed estimates.

Discuss estimated effort during a Sprint Poker call

Decide the final estimate together 

You won't have to worry about counting fingers or recording votes in a hurry. Once the whole team has chosen their poker card, everyone can 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.

Use emoji to react to important comments or suggestions you like. If you're working in a distributed team, you can use the built-in discussion threads to discuss each estimate asynchronously.

Discuss your estimates to reach a consensus. If you need to revise your initial estimate, you can do that in a matter of seconds by choosing a different card.

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 - for Free!

All features available on the free plan, including integrations

All features available on the free plan, including integrations
Pull stories from Jira into your Sprint Poker meeting

Pull in stories directly from Jira 

Search for the right stories using a basic search or Jira Query Language, then select the product backlog items you want to estimate. The title and description sync right into Parabol, so as you move through your meeting, the whole team can see which story you're discussing.

That means no more copying and pasting story details from your backlog into your poker estimation session, or keeping multiple windows open side-by-side and toggling through them to get the information you need. The description from Jira and acceptance criteria will pop up in Parabol so the entire team can refresh their memory before choosing their estimate.

Sync story point estimations back to Jira

Sync story point estimates back to Jira automatically 

When you're done, your story point estimates automatically sync back to the correct Story Points field in Jira.

When your tasks are automatically synced back to Jira it means less work for the team lead, a more organized backlog for the dev team, and fewer errors in recording estimates.

If you're estimating something other than story points, Parabol offers a custom mapper so you can update any Jira field. If your team realizes there's a takeaway task, you can add that directly from Parabol too.

Enjoy Remote-First Features to Find Your Rhythm

Start an estimation meeting with an icebreaker

Try an optional icebreaker to get the team talking 

The best Planning Poker ™️ sessions happen when the team has a robust discussion about what a story means, how to navigate its challenges, and what the scope truly means.

Get your team talking with an icebreaker question to set the tone of the meeting. Let Parabol randomly select a question, refresh if you want another option, or fill in your own.

If you're not a fan of icebreakers or your team is already talkative, you can skip this part and get straight to playing Sprint Poker.

Like the idea of icebreakers? Try Parabol's retrospective or check-in tool, which are also free and have built-in icebreakers.

The whole team gets a summary of story point estimations

We'll mail you an automatic summary of your meeting

Parabol sends all team members a summary of the 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 estimation meeting is documented, with no additional work.

You can share the summary with others across the organization, or export your learnings as a CSV to analyze trends, upload them into another tool, or share with another group.

Since Parabol's Planning Poker™️ meetings don't require a note-taker, everyone can contribute with their full brain power. Leave the note-taking to us.

Expand & Customize as You Like 

Parabol lets you estimate based on the scales that work for you

 

Sprint Poker comes with built-in estimation scales like Fibonacci, 5 fingers and t-shirt sizes

Choose estimation techniques that work for you

Different agile estimation techniques suit different types of planning meetings. Perhaps you use t-shirt sizing to estimate epics, but prefer the Fibonacci sequence for stories? Agile estimating doesn't have to be boring. We've got agile estimation scales for stories of any complexity.

The choice is yours:

  • Use one of three default scales for estimating Story Points: Fibonacci sequence, 5 fingers and t-shirt sizes. All include a questions 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.

You can also 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.

Planning Poker

Planning Poker is an agile estimation technique. Team members review a user story then individually pick a card from a designated deck for the level of effort they anticipate the story will take to complete. 

PLANNING POKER ® is a registered trademark of Mountain Goat Software, LLC 

TL;DR Agile Estimation for the Remote Age

 

Remote-first
Virtual card deck
Built-in scales
Custom scales
Pass card
Multiple dimensions
Hidden voting
Pull-in stories from Jira
Sync estimate to Jira
Facilitated icebreaker
Meeting summary

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Remote-first
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Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Virtual card deck
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Built-in scales
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Custom scales
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Pass card
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Multiple dimensions
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Hidden voting
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Pull-in stories from Jira
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Sync estimate to Jira
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Facilitated icebreaker
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard
Meeting summary
Parabol
Poker Cards
Other Online Poker Tools
Spreadsheet
Virtual Whiteboard