The first thing to say is that the term “Planning Poker®” is a registered trademark of Mountain Goat Software, the Mike Cohn company. This is why this agile planning practice could be sometimes names differently: scrum poker, agile poker, etc. This article presents a list of free and open source planning poker tools and plugins that are also directly available as online tools.
Parabol is an agile meeting tool that helps remote teams run guided retrospective, check-in and Sprint Poker meetings. Parabol’s structured format and built-in templates make it easy for facilitators to run a great agile meeting – no matter if you’re a pro or just starting out. It’s free to use for up to two teams.
There is plenty to fret about when you are running or on an agile team, but your measure of estimation should be one of them. In fact, despite what you may have heard from consultants or others, Scrum is not prescriptive about any particular estimation measure, let alone story points. Many practitioners support story points and it is been very in vogue for a while now, you should do whatever you and your team feels most comfortable with.
The values contained in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development might be good for the Agile teams, but most of the senior management in organizations prefer having a defined solution, a detailed planning and a budget that should be respected. This article discusses how to make these two different approaches work together.
A Coach’s Guide to Release Planning is part of the nice series proposed to Agile coaches by Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves. This book provides a complete plan to run a workshop where people can learn how to plan their release in an Agile way, a topic that should interest the whole Scrum team.
The Cost of Delay is a concept that combines an understanding of value with how that value leaks away over time. it allows to answer the question: “What would it cost us if this was delayed by 1 month?”. This presentation explores the Cost of Delay, what it is and how it helps in improving prioritization.
Why do so many IT projects fail? And what can we do about it? Most companies and organizations know (or at least have heard) that they should work in a more Agile manner. But it’s generally a hard sell to the people in charge. This talk dissects the Agile practices from an economic standpoint, showing that it actually makes business sense even if the project itself was to fail.