• Participagile Poker : a very easy and relevant tool to use in your company !

    If you know some Agile Methods or if you’ve ever attended to one of our ParticipAgile Foundation training, you probably know the Planning Poker.

     

    Read it in Dutch or French

     

    For those who think that Poker only rhymes with gambling or striptease, don’t worry. There is nothing like that in the Planning Poker nor in our ParticipAgile trainings (there aren’t such things in our “100% fun” trainings, I promise¹).

     

    Why using the Planning Poker ?

    Originally, the Planning Poker is a famous agile game described for the first time by  James Grenning in 2002. It aims to produce a playful way to estimate the complexity of the functionalities to develop. It was quickly popularised in all companies or teams that take (or should take) some decisions collectively. Typically used by project teams, this method has two benefits :

     

    • the manager and the team can discuss and exchange information about the complexity of the project’s different tasks.
    • The complexity is way more accurate, simply because it has been approved by participants who have different levels of experience of expertise.

    How does the Planning Poker work ?

    If the Planning Poker is really similar to any other playing cards, you’ll discover, by opening the game, that the values are totally different. The Fibonacci sequence is generally used to make the values which are  : 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 (or 20, 40, 100 for the big ones).

     

    Using the Planning Poker is very simple :

    • All participants gather around in a way that everyone can see all the others.
    • The client or a team member explains the project’s goal to the team.
    • The participants can ask questions, talk about the scenario, understand the criteria needed to consider the project as delivered and well-done.
    • For every project’s task, participants evaluate its complexity one by one. They estimate the complexity of the task, choose a card corresponding to their estimate and place it before them, face down.
    • After a predefined time, the cards are flipped at the same time.
    • If there is no unanimity, the participants keep discussing until the gap between the two cards which values are the most distant becomes acceptable.

    The ParticipAgile Poker,what’s that?

    The ones who’ve already attended to the ParticipAgile Foundation training will certainly remember : participants use the the Planning Poker Game for different reasons ! This game is ideal to take quick and collective decisions, to make sure that everybody was heard and that all experiences and expertises were taken into account.

     

    The ParticipAgile Poker, design et multifunctional

    As a lot of ParticipAgile Foundation’s participants were asking us where to buy one, Convidencia finally decided to make a new game inspired by Planning Poker. And so, we’re very proud to present you the ParticipAgile Poker ! Illustrated by Oli, the ParticipAgile Poker can be used to estimate complexity but also value, relevancy and control ! Moreover, the game is not only a planning poker but can also be used for lots of other applications, like creating random work groups !

     

    How to buy one ?

    The games will be available online or by  email in October. Moreover, some examples of usage will be shared  on www.participagile.com/poker.

     

    If you want, you can already order your game by email ! 
     

    Order a game
     

    Which price ?

    1 game : 20 euros
    2 games : 30 euros (15 euros each)
    3 games : 40 euros (13,33 euros each)
     

    … And for the curious, here are some cards’ examples :

    ¹ For those who are disappointed, I assure you that we really have fun !