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Planning Poker

Planning Poker is a technique used by teams for estimating, to reduce risk and create consistent estimates of task length considering complexity, and leveraging wider team experience. Planning Poker is a consensus-based technique allowing the estimation of size and effort allocated to each task in the software development. The process involves each member of the development team presenting cards with increasing numbers to reflect the ‘points’ attributable to any given story.   Typically a Fibonacci sequence is used to represent increasing complexity of uncertainty reflecting meaningful changes in after the story has been presented by the product owner; each member of the team chooses a card (number of points) for the estimation. Once everyone has allocated a card, the values are revealed, discussed and justified to establish consensus between team members and leverage wider team experience.

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