What is Planning Poker?
'Duhamel says poker is a game where luck is often more important than experience and talent.' -Jonathan Duhamel, 2010 WSOP (World Series of Poker) winner. I felt very frustrated and angry and worthless after I lost the money. I was, however, able to walk out with $16 and enjoyed a meal of hot wings. I left a $6 tip for the waitress on a $10 bill. Planning Poker is an agile estimating and planning technique that is consensus based. To start a poker planning session, the product owner or customer reads an agile user story or describes a feature to the estimators. Each estimator is holding a deck of Planning Poker cards with values like 0, 1.
Planning Poker is an agile estimating and planning technique that is consensus based. To start a poker planning session, the product owner or customer reads an agile user story or describes a feature to the estimators.
Each estimator is holding a deck of Planning Poker cards with values like 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40 and 100, which is the sequence we recommend. The values represent the number of story points, ideal days, or other units in which the team estimates.
The estimators discuss the feature, asking questions of the product owner as needed. When the feature has been fully discussed, each estimator privately selects one card to represent his or her estimate. All cards are then revealed at the same time.
If all estimators selected the same value, that becomes the estimate. If not, the estimators discuss their estimates. The high and low estimators should especially share their reasons. After further discussion, each estimator reselects an estimate card, and all cards are again revealed at the same time.
The poker planning process is repeated until consensus is achieved or until the estimators decide that agile estimating and planning of a particular item needs to be deferred until additional information can be acquired. Winstar world casino and resort age limitations.
When should we engage in Planning Poker?
Most teams will hold a Planning Poker session shortly after an initial product backlog is written. This session (which may be spread over multiple days) is used to create initial estimates useful in scoping or sizing the project.
Because product backlog items (usually in the form of user stories) will continue to be added throughout the project, most teams will find it helpful to conduct subsequent agile estimating and planning sessions once per iteration. Usually this is done a few days before the end of the iteration and immediately following a daily standup, since the whole team is together at that time anyway.
How does poker planning work with a distributed team?
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Simple: go to PlanningPoker.com. Mountain Goat Software helped develop that website to offer it as a free resource to the agile community. A product owner, ScrumMaster or agile coach can log in and preload a set of items to be estimated. A private URL can then be shared with estimators who log in and join a conference call or Skype session. Agile estimating and planning then proceeds as it would in person.
Does Planning Poker work?
Absolutely. Teams estimating with Planning Poker consistently report that they arrive at more accurate estimates than with any technique they'd used before.
One reason Planning Poker leads to better estimates is because it brings together multiple expert opinions. Because these experts form a cross-functional team from all disciplines on a software project, they are better suited to the estimation task than anyone else.
After completing a thorough review of the literature on software estimation, Magne Jørgensen, Ph.D., of the Simula Research Lab concluded that “the people most competent in solving the task should estimate it.”
Second, a lively dialogue ensues during poker planning, and estimators are called upon by their peers to justify their estimates. Researchers have found that this improves estimate accuracy, especially on items with a lot of uncertainty as we find on most software projects.
Further, being asked to justify estimates has also been shown to result in estimates that better compensate for missing information. This is important on an agile project because the user stories being estimated are often intentionally vague.
Additionally, studies have shown that averaging individual estimates during agile estimating and planning leads to better results as do group discussions of estimates.
How can I get Planning Poker cards?
Planning Poker cards are available in the Mountain Goat Software store. Mountain Goat Software's branded Planning Poker cards are sold at cost as a courtesy to the agile community.
Our full-color cards are the absolute highest-quality cards available anywhere. They are manufactured by the same company that prints many of the world's most popular playing card brands, including Bicycle, Bee, and the World Poker Tour.
We also offer royalty-free licenses to organizations that wish to produce their own cards. The license is available here: https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/agile/planning-poker/license
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Today I lost $200 on 4/8 Omaha poker. On Sep. 23, 2009, I lost $220. That might not sound much but that works out to $30 per month in 14 months. Another way to look at that is free cable or cell phone service for over a year! The money is not the issue but the fact that I broke a promise to myself is. (For what's worth, I lost another $200 two days later I posted this blog.) I haven't been back since, though.)
I read two books on Omaha poker, also read numerous articles on the Internet and watched many videos on it. I applied the theories and still lost. I learned how to be patient, play my premium structured hands. For example, I played suited face cards and AA XX suited. Flop comes 6 7 8, unsuited. Then what? Right. I had nothing to play with. This happened over and over again. Then I played loose and got hammered. I turned locksmith (played very tight) and got hammered by baby straights and flushes.
I got this crazy idea in my head that I would win $50 a day and make extra income on the side. Then maybe after a few months make $500 a day, then $5,000 a day. It's that irrational train of thought that compulsive gamblers indulge in. While I was preparing myself to play poker, I was very anxious and neglected the smallest daily chores--such as showering and lifting weights. All I could do was think about going to the casino and playing out the hands and scenarios in my mind. It is a very destructive state of mind to think about things I have no control over. I have no control over what cards are going to be dealt to me. No control over how people will bet.
I've learned that no matter what strategy I employed, if the cards are not there, I didn't win. It's a game of luck as every one who plays with eventually gain the set set of skills.
'Duhamel says poker is a game where luck is often more important than experience and talent.' --Jonathan Duhamel, 2010 WSOP (World Series of Poker) winner.
I felt very frustrated and angry and worthless after I lost the money. I was, however, able to walk out with $16 and enjoyed a meal of hot wings. I left a $6 tip for the waitress on a $10 bill. While eating I thought about all the poker players that were in the poker room and they all seemed down and out on their luck. I couldn't imagine myself being in their situation, so I worked up the courage to walk out with that $16. I saw the same faces as I did over a year ago in the poker room. I wonder how these people funded their gambling as casinos make enormous profits on poker. Take for example, the casino overhead of the casino I was at. The poker room had 6 staff members. They have to pay their wages, rent for the room, power and utilities, taxes, donate to charity, give the government a share and still make a profit. It is like a license to print money. The rake is very hard to overcome in the long-run.
Poker Is A Waste Of Time
If people could make money gambling, no one would have to work.
I don't want to feel like I did today, as I have many times in the past. I will do my best not to place another bet in a gambling establishment.
Keep things simple. Keep myself busy by engaging in constructive activities.