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.
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).
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 :
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 :
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.
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 !
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org !
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 !