Agile Poker Server
This part of the documentation relates to Agile Poker - estimation tool for Jira Server. If you use Jira Cloud go to the Agile Poker - estimation tool for Jira Cloud documentation.
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Interactive sessions are perfect for teams that work in the same time zone. In this mode session participants simultaneously estimate issues one by one in the context of Jira Software board.
- On the Jira Agile board view, open the "Agile Poker" dropdown and click "New session".
- On the "Create new session" popup choose "Interactive session" and click "Next".
- Enter session details (see reference below) and click "Create".
- Session will be created and activated.
Remember that you need to invite participants to join the session via email or instant messaging as Agile Poker Enterprise for Jira does not send invitations for interactive sessions.
Joining/leaving estimation session
The best place to start working with an interactive session is the "Agile Poker" dropdown on the Jira Software backlog view. To join the session open the dropdown and click session name.
Once you connect to the session, the backlog view changes slightly - you will see an Agile Poker estimation panel (learn more about estimation panel in this section).
To disconnect from the session (to hide the estimation panel) simply click the close icon in the top-right corner of the panel or select "Switch off" from the Agile Poker menu.
Disconnecting from the session marks you as inactive rather than removing from the session completely. Edit the session to remove people from it.
The Agile Poker estimation panel
After you select an issue for estimating, the estimation panel should look like the one below:
The panel has two different states:
- estimating view is shown while people are estimating on the currently selected issue,
- results view is shown when estimating is over and the results are revealed.
On the estimating view you will find the following elements:
- summary of the currently estimated issue (every session participant see the same issue here),
- dropdown "Your estimation" allowing you to give your estimate,
- avatars of session participants with the information whether they have already chosen their estimates,
- timer controls (10s, 60s) facilitating time boxing of the estimation session,
- button "Show estimates" instantly revealing given estimates.
The results view contains the following elements:
- summary of the currently estimated issue,
- avatars of session participants sorted by given estimate value,
- median of given estimates,
- input "Estimate" allowing scrum master to save the final estimation to the active issue,
- timer controls (10s, 60s),
- button "Restart" allowing to estimate again (current estimation results for the selected issue will be deleted).
In the interactive session, Agile Poker automatically follows the selected issue by opening it in all participants' browsers. This functionality is called "auto-follow mode". To select an issue for estimation, simply click the estimate badge once or double-click the issue row.
The estimation badge of the active issue is always dark-blue. There is also Agile Poker logo on its left side which changes its color based on the auto-follow status. The logo is dark-blue when the auto-follow is enabled for the current user (as you can see on the screenshot above). However, the user may decide to view another issue during the estimation session. In this situation the auto-follow will get disabled.
The blue badge still indicates the selected issue (as well as the Agile Poker panel at the top) but the Agile Poker logo is grayed out indicating that the auto-follow is disabled. To re-enable it, simply select the issue. From now on your browser will automatically load issues selected for estimation.
Submitting your estimation
You can put your estimate of active issue using Your estimation dropdown. Once last session participant puts his/her estimate, all the estimations are automatically revealed.
To get more accurate estimates, your team can compare the size of the currently estimated issue with a few completed issues of known size. Agile Poker supports this approach by displaying these issues in Triangulation Panel (see below).
Together with Agile Rebels, we've designed the feature that allows you to leverage human great ability to compare things relatively. Here's their great blog post explaining the triangulation idea: Making Tools Great Again: Planning Poker.
Once you open dropdown Your estimation you will see three reference issues. These issues are set by the session moderator and are visible to everyone in the estimation session. Below them you will find recently completed issues with estimation equal to the currently hovered value. Comparing these issues against estimated one allows you to narrow down the suitable estimate values.
You can hide the triangulation panel with reference and completed issues by clicking the "<<" symbol. Your preference will be persisted across all Agile Poker sessions. You can always restore panel again later by clicking the ">>" symbol in the same place.
See how it works here:
Collapsed estimation panel
If you are familiar with all features of the estimation panel you may prefer to collapse it into one line. Thanks to saving the space you can see more issues on your backlog. In order to collapse the estimation panel click the "collapse" icon.
By using the mobile view users give estimates to the issue currently selected for estimating. This view is by design much simpler than desktop view so the scrum master has to use the desktop view. To join the estimation session using a mobile device go to your board, open the "Agile Poker" dropdown and select "Mobile view".
Participants can bookmark this URL to join this session in the future with more ease.
Session settings reference
You can configure session settings during session creation and later using the cog icon.
Available session settings are described below.
Public sessions are visible to every Jira user with access to the Jira Software board. Everybody can join session and estimate on issues at any time. Private sessions are visible only to users added to the "participants" in the session configuration.
If scrum master is selected then she/he is the only user that can manipulate session state (change active issue, finish/restart estimating etc.). In the latter case, everybody can manipulate session state (everybody is a scrum master).
In addition to that, in private mode scrum master is the only user that can change session settings (i.e. add/remove participants, change session mode and change scrum master). In the public mode, everyone with access to the Jira Software board is allowed to change session settings.
People participating in the estimation session. Their avatars and estimates will appear in the estimation panel during the session. In private mode only scrum master can manage participants list. In public mode any user with access to the Jira Software board can join the session.
Customizing available estimate values
You can configure estimate values available for the session participants. Read the Board settings documentation page for details.