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Planning Poker

Planning Poker is a consensus-based Agile estimating method used to determine how many work days (or working units) different user stories represent. This helps the Team to estimate how many user stories from the product backlog can be taken on a single sprint. The estimating game is recommended to be played with several user stories as humans can estimate better by comparing things rather than giving a value to a single one. Every Team member will attribute a value card to each user story representing their work days estimate. Cards use the Fibonacci values (1,2,3,5,8,13,20,40) as it is simpler for people to differentiate. These are the different steps: 1. To start the planning session, the Customer or the Product Owner reads the user stories and describe the features to the Team (estimators) 2. Team members estimate the work days for each user story by placing numbered cards face-down to the table to avoid cognitive bias of anchoring 3. Cards are then displayed face-up at the same time 4. The estimates are then discussed and high and low estimates are explained 5. The process is repeated as needed until estimates converge and consensus is naturally attained